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7 Hostess Looks for Holiday Parties Inspired By the Red Carpet

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Lupita N’Yongo

There’s something about a metallic or jewel-toned jacquard dress that just feels right for Christmas or New Year's Eve. This is a dress you can wear year after year and still look stunning. 

 

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Eliza J Metallic Fit-and-Flare Dress, $179, lordandtaylor.com

jennifer lawrence holiday look
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Jennifer Lawrence

When you want all eyes on you, put on a dress like this flawless knife-pleat one in a metallic knit. Plus, a halter neckline that accentuates the collarbone is always flattering. 

 

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Vionnet Add to Hearts Black and Gold Knit Gown, $300 (to rent), renttherunway.com

gabrielle union holiday look
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Gabrielle Union

Keep focus on your hostess duties, instead of your outfit.  If your fiesta is more on the casual side, then you can definitely pull off mixed prints with a striped sweater, camo joggers with sequined patches, and bow pumps. A+ for effortless dressing that’s still fashion-forward.

 

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J.Crew Striped Holly Sweater, $69.50, jcrew.com

Sole Society Sage Ankle Wrap Pump, $80, solesociety.com

LALTRAMODA Casual Pants, $111, yoox.com

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum

A high slit makes this dress a great choice for holiday cocktail parties. We suggest pairing it with a matching lip and heel for an adding dose of elegance.

 

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Lulus All Mine Wine Red Floral Print High-Low Wrap Dress, $76, lulus.com

Glamorous Burgundy Patent Two Part Heeled Sandals, $38, us.asos.com

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Freida Pinto

A silvery grey lace silhouette is a classic hostess-with-the-mostess choice. And, since this dress choice veers towards our inner-minimalist, you can explore a bolder lip color, like Pinto did here. 

 

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Keepsake Acoustic Lace Dress, $270, shopbop.com

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Kaley Cuoco

If you’re going to do black, do something unexpected—like a jumpsuit with a wide-leg pant. Our advice? To keep your look formal, opt for a form-fitting top.

 

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Pop Life Black Strapless Jumpsuit, $74, lulus.com

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Amy Adams

If your party is over-the-top glam, you need an over-the-top gown to match the theme. Red is obviously a festive hue, so go for mega impact in a floor-length stunner with a sexy cut out a là Amy Adams.

 

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BCBG Ria Crisscross-Front Gown, $279, bcbg.com

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