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11 Holiday Party Dresses That Aren’t Sparkly

Because honestly, not everyone loves sequins.

11 Holiday Party Dresses That Aren’t Sparkly

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There’s something about the holiday season that makes everything sparkle a little more than usual. Banners that say MERRY & BRIGHT in glitter letters suddenly seem necessary. Votive candles with glimmering snowflakes on them seem like home decor staples. And, yes, an extra sparkly holiday dress seems like a great idea. Sure, there is a place for sequins and rhinestones. They are fun to look at, and during the holiday season they are particularly hard to resist. But are they ever worth it? I would argue no. Sequins often leave me with tiny, rash-like microscopic cuts all over my body. Rhinestones fall off, leaving a sparkling trail in my wake (OK, that part is kind of cool sometimes). Sparkly dresses often do not seem as fun in actuality as they are in theory; it’s just a fact of life. Contrary to popular belief, though, holiday party dresses don’t have to be bedazzled and blinding.

Between velvet, embroidery, or the classic little black dress, holiday party dresses can be whatever you want them to be. Plus, there is the whole matter of accessories. A less sparkly dress leaves even more room to experiment with statement earrings or bold shoes. And like my mom always told me, allowing yourself more opportunity to buy ridiculous shoes is always a good idea (my mom never said this). Here are 11 non-sparkly, un-sequined, totally fabulous dresses to consider wearing to your holiday party.

Velvet Wrap Dress
Yumi Kim Velvet Wrap Mini Dress, $228
This shade of pink is just perfect for the holidays. It’s festive without being in-your-face and is just begging to be paired with some patterned tights or gold jewelry.

Dressing for holiday parties can be stressful, especially if you feel like you have to adhere to a certain type of look or dress code. But like most anxiety-inducing events, it’s important to remember one rule and one rule only: Do what makes you feel your absolute best—whether that includes sequins or not.


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