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Dance ’til dawn in these festive party dresses

Charla Krupp, executive editor of Shop Etc. magazine, highlights the hot trends in holiday frocks for different body types.
/ Source: TODAY

Wondering what to wear to the office holiday gathering or your friend's cocktail party? Slip on a dress! Charla Krupp of Shop Etc. magazine visited “Today” to present fabulous holiday selections.

In this crazy, busy party season, prepping for a big night out needs to be easy! Nothing is easier than zipping up a dress. No mixing, no matching, no pieces to worry about. A dress looks fresher than a pair of black pants and a fancy top, and it just might save you money —  do the fashion math and you'll see that a dress can cost less than separate pieces. Need yet another reason to buy a dress? Dresses rocked the spring runways, so whatever dress you buy now, you can wear all spring and summer long.

LBD: Little black dressThe little black dress takes on a new twist this season. It should be flirty and flouncy — not straight and constricting. A cinched waist, especially with a flowy bottom, is flattering for anyone who is curvy. Banana Republic Tulle Party Dress, $168;

Feeling a little hippy?As one reader asks: “I love dresses, but I'm wide-hipped. What's the best style for me?” Our fashion director said that this is your moment! Your body's best friend is the Fifties’ style cocktail dress. The bodice accentuates your waist (the slimmest part of your body), while the skirt glides over wider hips. Also, metallics have been around for a few years now and they’re still going strong this holiday season and even through spring. Tocca “Brigitte” Metallic Brocade Dress, $297; Wink: 202.338.9465

Nifty ’50sThose women in the ’50s knew that dresses that fit your shape are so flattering. If you're big in the bust, a strapless gown is so much better than a high neck dress that covers you up and gives you a big shelf look. Party like it’s 1959 in a vintage-look party dress! Tadashi Lace Strapless Dress with sash, $508; Tadashi: 877.282.3274 or

Bejeweled frocks
With a jeweled collar, you don’t need a necklace so you save a bundle right there — just add great drop earrings. Oatmeal is a color that’s big for spring, so try a simple classic sheath shape in this classic color that will never go out of style. Perfect for meeting the family or the office party, you can’t go wrong with this simple stunner. Banana Republic “Abigail” Jacquard Dress, $168; Banana Republic: 888.277.8953         

Velvet effectFor pear-shaped figures, an empire waist with a plunging neckline is perfect for small-on-top, bigger-on-bottom women. Also, velvet creates an ombre effect since it varies in color from light to dark. H&M velvet V-neck, $59.90;

After you slip on your dress, a piece of big bold jewelry like chandelier earrings and an evening watch is all you need!

For more information, check out the holiday issue of Shop Etc.