Tis the season to be jolly... so why would you want to dress as if you're going to a funeral? Break through the sea of black dresses at your festive fetes this season with the opposite of the LBD. We're talking bold, bright and beautiful! Celebrate color this season with these festive frocks.

Ring in the royal (blue)

Price: $47

Old Navy Royal Blue dress

White hot

Price: $148

Ann Taylor white shift dress

Make a royal entrance to any festivity with this cozy cowl-neck cable sweater dress from Old Navy. Dress it up with tights and heels or rock it cool and casual with a pair of boots, as shown.

This sleek winter white shift dress by Ann Taylor is appropriate for nearly every holiday festivity. We love the double exposed zippers in the front and hidden zipper in the back. Add a splash of color with a blingy broach or bright scarf.

Pretty in print

Price: $188

French Connections Geraldine

Berry Christmas

Price: $30

Merona Ponte Packet dress

French Connection's Geraldine printed cotton sheath dress is classy enough for office cocktail gatherings but sassy enough for other holiday get-togethers. Available at Nordstrom for $188, this print is worth every penny as it is versatile enough to wear all season long.

Tis the season to color block! Target's Merona ponte pocket dress is not only bright and merry, but the price will make you light up, too — a mere $30!

Twinkle, twinkle

Price: $59

Kohls Apt. 9 dress

Decorative dressing

Price: $132

Cache beaded capelette dress

This shimmery stunner by Apt. 9 (Kohl's), is sure to turn some heads at your cocktail party. We love the drape neck style, sassy satin sash and bold peacock-tail hue — though the purple henna and sierra hills options are tempting, too! Don't even look at the black option!

Cache's beaded capelette dress is both sexy and sophisticated. The bare shoulder/capelette sleeve style and short hemline scream sultry, while the rich navy blue color and classy detailing make it sophisticated. Work it with strappy sandals (as shown) or with traditional pumps.

Rock it in red

Price: $140

red rose chiffon tiered dress

Star bright

Price: $138

Taylor Dresses tonal stripe fit & flare dress

Red is a naturally festive color and White House Black Market's red rose chiffon tiered dress is sure to get you right into the spirit of the season. We love the tiered layering, bow on one shoulder and the keyhole back detail.

Light up any cocktail party with this bold lemon yellow-tonal stripe fit & flare dress by Taylor Dresses (Nordstrom). This flattering cut and length work for all body types. We guarantee you'll be the brightest star in the room!


Price: $148

Jessica Simpson belted sequin-lined dress

Purple passion

Price: $60

BCBGeneration's one shoulder layered pleated dress

This dress is bubbly personified! The Jessica Simpson belted sequin-lined dress (Dillard's) in Champagne is a fantastic choice for any holiday event (even better for the ones that include Champagne). We love the thin metallic belt, flirty ruffled, hi-low hem and surplice V-neck with inset.

Wear a dress like this and your husband is likely to pay the sitter double to stay late just to keep you to himself for a few extra hours! BCBGeneration's one shoulder layered pleated dress (Macy's) in this bold purple color is a definite show-stopper.

More on festive winter styles

Dressing in the holiday spirit
How to wear a circle scarf
How to wear booties

Topics: christmas clothes