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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DRESS For The Holidays

It's the most EXPENSIVE time of the year!  
Am I right or what ladies? Besides purchasing gifts, decorations for your home and food for your family, you also receive a flurry of invites to events that fill up your social calendar. Many of these events take place in the evening, requiring cocktail dresses, evening gowns, ball gowns or some form of formal attire. You want to look good, but you also have a budget to adhere to. What's a girl to do? Well when you shop, I want you to keep in mind the advice of some of the fashion experts! You know their names! Chanel, Valentino, Vreeland and Laurent!

"A Girl Should Be Two Things: Classy and Fabulous" ~ Coco Chanel
Buy Classy! Buy Fabulous! Buy a dress that you can wear again and again and AGAIN. Before purchasing a dress, look at it and ask yourself where else can you wear it. A versatile dress will give you many options. Many options will save you money in the future.

"I Know What Women Want. They Want To Be Beautiful" ~ Valentino Garavani
Buying a beautiful dress shouldn't cripple your checking account or credit card. Also know, beautiful dresses can be found many places. Don't limit yourself to department stores or even privately owned dress shops to find one. The markups on event, prom dresses and evening dresses can be outrageous at these places. I know, because I worked part time at one while in college. Avoid the middle man markup and try buying online at a site such as MissesDressy.  I just recently discovered their website and was very impressed with their price range (they have a dress for every budget), selection of sizes (0-28), variety of dresses (for all types of events) and they ship nearly WORLDWIDE.

"The Only Real Elegance Is In The Mind. If You've Got That The Rest Really Comes From That" ~ Diana Vreeland
Confidence and elegance is a state of mind. I've witnessed women wearing expensive designer gowns, with very little of either. It's not how much you've paid for a dress, but how you feel and look in it that matters. I really like these Sherri Hill dresses. I think they exude confidence, elegance, sophistication and may I add sparkle.They're perfect for the holidays.

"Over The Years I Have Learned That What Is Important In A Dress   
Is The Woman That Is Wearing It" ~ Yves Saint Laurent
And last but not least, how does the dress make you FEEL? Do you smile when you look at it? Does it make you feel like the most beautiful girl in the world? It should no matter what you pay for it! If it does anything less, put it back and search for something else. Remember, YOU deserve nothing but the best!

This is a sponsored post for MissesDressy. The advice wherein is my own. 
I received a form of monetary compensation for writing this post. Click on the pictures for details about each dress.
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  1. All fabulous advice! I've decided to stick to my classic LBD (two actually) and just get a chunky statement necklace to change the look. It also means that I can wear "the bling" with jeans and jumper making it a multi-purpose tool for various outfits ;-) Have a lovely day xo

  2. Great advice and some lovely dresses Kim!

    I like black dresses, as you can change them up easily with accessories :)

  3. Great words Kim, and these dresses are all fantastic! :-)
    Let's just hope I get invited somewhere to consider wearing one of them lol!

    Vanessa x

  4. I love how you categorized these beautiful dresses by colors. I love me some purple, black, sparkle and red. Want one in each color. You are so right Kim, this is the most expensive time of the year. There are always ways/places to spend money...bad for wallets but very satisfying.

  5. Hi Kim, hope you are having a good week! I definitely want to add in a dress or two to my wardrobe this season. I've had my eye on a black wool DVF since Fashion Night Out--these days I only buy a few things per season, but you can never have enough lbds!

    xo Mary Jo

  6. Oh I love buying dresses.
    What i usually do for the holidays is i buy ahead of time so i dont have to dish out alll the money at once.
    I already have what i will wear for Christmas and have started Christmas shopping!

  7. Great tips! I love all the sparkly ones...they'd be great for New Years Eve!

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  8. I fell head over heels over the middle red tiered gown, so gorgeous! They have some really beautiful pieces!

  9. love all the dresses especially the first 3. perfect for a glam night! :-)


  10. Love the classic, simple black dresses. I love getting dressed up for holiday events! It's so much and a great excuse to get glammed up :)

  11. loving the plum at the top & of course gold sparkle!

    xo Jackie

  12. You can never go wrong with a LBD since you can find ways to wear it again and again. I love the first set of dark purple ones too!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  13. Oh I want a few good dresses for the season but I am really broke this time of the year.

  14. It's definitely the most expensive time of the year. I feel the money flying right from my wallet. I have a ton of events coming up and yes dress shopping is on the horizon :) xoxo

  15. Ahh, all fashion geniuses and it's true - the real elegance comes from the mind!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  16. Gosh I was this popular to have a problem for what to wear to holiday parties! hehe...but I do love dressing up for parties when I get the chance. (Un)fortunately, for me I don't buy many frocks since I rarely need them, but I have a good stock pile that I can pull from when I need to. My main goal is versatility. I like to accessorize to change up the way something looks and add layers to change it too! =)


  17. I so love this post! Just thinking about the holiday season makes me happy and I always have such a good time picking outfits for all those parties :)
    Good selection of dresses and great quotes, MissesDressy can be happy with you post!
    Have a very sweet day
    x Irene

  18. This definitely becomes the most expensive time of the year because of the holiday trips, gifting, parties, etc. But I happen to have a good amount of cocktail dresses that I can wear because I haven't been able to wear them all year. And I agree, only buy a dress that you can wear more than once.

  19. i alwys find cocktail dresses like this impossible to wear at the holidays because it's JANUARY at new years and COLD. so cold. i end up bundling. i love cute dresses, but i layer them with sweaters and stuff

    <3 katherine

  20. LOVE LOVE LOVE the purple dresses! I can't even pick a favorite! Why oh why can't my credit card be limitless?!?! :)

  21. great post; love all the dresses!

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  22. I can't even pick a favorite color for those dresses. The purple is fantastic but I love how much the red stands out!

  23. The red one on the left is super cute - but in reality I know that an LBD should probably be the next dress on my list.

  24. getting dressed for the holidays is a perfect excuse to buy a new dress (as if i ever need an excuse)! i love the peplum black ruffled one!

  25. I do get really overwhelmed when buying dresses for Holiday season. Love these quotes though, and all the dresses are so pretty. Love the purple ones.

  26. Lovely post Kim:) I am always drawn back to black dresses although I love purple also!

  27. Awesome tips Kim! You always do a great job on your posts. Very informative! I love it. :)

    Those are some really pretty sparkly dresses. :)

    xo - Sheila

  28. Hi Kim! These dresses are beautiful! I love them all especially the purple and gold ones.

    xo Jo

  29. ooh i have dresses. period!
    love the champagne gold selections. :)

  30. Wow, such gorgeous dresses and they are perfect for the holidays! I love the black peplum one.


  31. I like to think that the girl makes the dress, but the right dress can definitely make you into a different girl!
    Chic on the Cheap

  32. love the gold dresses!!

  33. Love the quotes here, Coco Chanel is so right also <3 Love these dresses, the golden ones in particular I Love! <3

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

  34. These are great looking dresses! Holiday dresses are so gorgeous, it's too bad my life requires nothing like that! My holiday functions are full of people wearing jeans and sweaters... oh well!

  35. Girlfriend, these dresses are too too FAB! You picked some lovely gowns indeed for the holidays. Great quotes, classic! The Sherri Hill sparkly dresses are va-voom! LOVE IT!



  36. It’s really a marvelous collection of dresses for this holiday season. I love the purple and red ones it’s just gorgeous and dazzling designs.

  37. Great post and the dresses are really beautiful and elegant! I love holiday parties that require dressing up!

  38. Great post, Kim, and congrats on a new sponsor! x

  39. So right about buying a versatile dress which makes you feel good as soon as you put it on. I've been on the look-out for a cocktail dress for an event tomorrow night but didn't find the perfect one so I'll be wearing a favourite one and keep on looking ready for next time! Great quotes, Kim.

  40. I can't wait to break out the sparkle for the holidays!

  41. great dresses! love the golden ones most! thanks for the inspirations... cause I´m looking for my prom dress!

  42. Great tips from such fabulous designers! Indeed, it is the most expensive time of the year! I hope I don't break the bank with such lucrative deals all around!
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

  43. love the red dresses!
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  44. What a wonderful post dear Kim! Oh I do love fun dresses for holidays, but right now I am really struck by golden and metallic hues so maybe I will bring out those soon. of course the LBD is always a winner! Hope you're having a great day. Madison xx

  45. I LOVE those red dresses :)

  46. I always think it's best to wear a LBD for the holidays! Comfy and simple!
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  47. Love that gold color! Great advice, and I am now looking forward to dressing up this holiday season!


  48. Love the pictures and the quote! :) The dresses are so pretty!

  49. Really nice dresses and gowns. Gold ones are gorgeous.

    Heel in Mint

  50. I just found your blog and I love it! Following you :)

  51. The Sherri Hill dress in the middle is fabulous! :D

    I would kill to have that red! Or yellow! :) Yellow is such a happy color and makes me smile every time I wear it ..hehe

    p.s. You always post such adorable things! I'm quite smitten with your blog :)

  52. I love all the gold shimmery dresses, they are fabulous :)) x

  53. Oh you are absolutely right, December is just the most expensive month ever!

    Great post, my top favourite is the long purple one shoulder gown in the middle!

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  54. Great advice and the dresses are very old hollywood!
    Im in love with this...
    Love the red dresses

  55. So true! It DOES get really pricey around the holiday season. Love the selections you've posted!

  56. Kimmy what a beautiful selection!I love all the quotes you have mentioned!I wish you a great start to the week dear!xoxoxo


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