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How to Find the Perfect Holiday Party Dress

Get ready to look — and feel — amazing in everything you wear this season with our holiday party dress tips!

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Forget about sizes and scales. With a few smart shopping strategies, you can find party clothes that slim in an instant. See the results for yourself on our gorgeous mom model, Mary Ghica. She picked her son up at school right after our shoot. “He screamed, ‘Wow, Mommy! You look so pretty!’ He kept looking up at me with a huge smile. It felt incredible.” You’ll get a big reaction, too, with these simple secrets from New York City stylist Karen Kozlowski.

Opt for patterns.
No, you don’t have to stick with dark solids to look trimmer. Have fun with prints — as long as they’re small (like flowers or dots). Textured fabric, like tweed or anything woven with metallic fibers, also keeps the eye moving.
Look for belly hiders.
It may seem like a peplum will draw attention to your tummy, but the opposite is true. Empire waists and wrap dresses are super slimming as well.
Accentuate the positive.
V-necks pull attention to cleavage; a textured neckline, to your smile. Shiny, chunky zippers at ankles highlight legs; a cocktail ring shows off hands.
The Perfect Choice
Mary’s wearing a dress from Here’s why her look flatters anyone:
A sparkly necklace draws eyes upward. Try Banana Republic for statement pieces.
Dark panel sides slim the upper body.
Pintucks hide a pooch.
Jacquard or brocade fabric distracts the eye from problem areas.
Above-the-knee length lets gams steal the show.
Chic, pointy-toe heels make legs look longer. Styles like Banana Republic’s boots and pumps do the trick.

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