Tips for Choosing a Dress for New Year’s Eve, Holidays

By Ingrid Longauerová, Epoch Times
December 16, 2013 Updated: December 16, 2013

There is definitely something special about holiday parties. Even women who never wear dresses get caught up in the enchanting atmosphere and happily make an exception.

With just few days to New Year’s Eve and holiday parties along the way, it’s high time to choose the perfect dress. We’ve picked eight trends from the 2013 autumn/winter runways for you to keep in mind while picking your dress.

Find the fairy-tale look while keeping it absolutely trendy, or go 1920s style like “The Great Gatsby.”


1920s Revived

The movie the “The Great Gatsby” has inspired a retro trend, taking the straight lines, shift dresses without defined waistlines, and bead embroidering with all the glam of the ‘20s. The nude-colored Modcloth dress above is a great example, and it is also affordable at $99.99.


Glitter and Gold

Holiday and New Years parties are probably the best places to fully enjoy sparkles, glitter, and gold. They are also highly recommended for your nail polish this season.


Winter Floral Prints

It may be cold, but floral prints are still in, so enjoy some blossoms on your holiday dress. Our pick is the silk MSGM dress shown above, but you can definitely find many floral-print dresses by many high-end brands.



Pink is the color of the season! Of course, don’t forget other great colors in vogue, like burgundy, royal blue, and mustard yellow—but if you love this rosy color and the way it complements a blush of the cheeks, you can safely choose vibrant shades this season.

If you choose a vibrant pink, it is best to go for softer materials so it isn’t overwhelming. Our pink pick is an elegant dress from Miu Miu (up right) and Erdém (down left).



The Barocco look with white collars, lace, or embroidered detail, was inspired by Dolce & Gabbana’s A/W 2013 show. This glamorous golden look recalls the classic beauty of an Italian cathedral. Our two picks are from Choies ($33.99) and Sheinside ($40).



Tartan has a warm look for a cold season, and it can also be chic, as Chanel proved with its show in Scotland last year featuring a locally inspired collection.

However, since plaid is not so glamorous on its own, a chiffon dress can balance the look.


Other Tips

Sometimes your body type or a set color theme at a party may determine your choice. If it’s a color theme, you can still feel trendy in a ‘50s-inspired dress that fits slim on top and fills out into a poufy skirt, or in a simple dress with a ruffle at the bottom (see example below).

Peplum is still a good option, especially for those with a waist that is not so well defined or for those with broader hips (see example below).


Because it’s more important to match your body shape and personality than to match a trend! 


*Photo of 50s inspired dress via Shutterstock. 

*Photo of peplum via Shutterstock.