As the party invitations start to arrive—your partner’s office holiday party, Christmas Eve with the in-laws, the splashy New Year’s Eve bash—immediately the thought sets in: What am I going to wear? Next to a bathing suit, finding the perfect party dress can easily rank among your most frustrating dressing room experiences. Like swimwear on a beach, a party dress puts you on display—and you know other friends, family and co-workers (and, ahem, your boss) are going to be turning it out, so the pressure is on.
Exhale! We’ve done the homework for you and rounded up a collection of dresses that are not only posh and party-perfect, but also work beautifully for a bevy of body types. Add some jewels, fab heels and the perfect clutch, and you’re ready to make an entrance.