White is one of the most wearable trends during the holidays and was seen on almost every runway show during winter 2013/2014 previews.
So we’re not surprised that we’re seeing a slew of celebrities making a statement wearing head-to-toe white party dresses and we'll fight anyone who tells you white isn’t flattering. The trick to rocking the hot look is all in the cut, silhouette and fabric. Just ask curvy mama Kim Kardashian who favours a white-on-white look. (Black isn't the only colour that can makes you look slimmer!)
With the holiday season approaching, you’ll be seeing a lot of women trying out this trend in various fabrics, shades and shapes for Christmas parties and gatherings. Give white a chance with inspiration from Hollywood starlets who aren’t afraid of being bold in blanche!
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Feathers - Camilla Belle
Sweater Dress - Ashley Tisdale
Lace And Cream Dress - Isla Fisher
Tuxedo Dress - Chrissy Teigen
Ball Gown - Kate Mara
Peplum - Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sparkes - Petra Nemcova
Full Skirt - Jillian Zinser
Off-White/Cream Dress - Camilla Alves
Blouse And Skirt Combo - Olvia Palermo
NEXT: Holiday Party Dresses
Embellished - Lily Collins
Sequins - Jessica Chastain
White - Leighton Meester
Traditional English Fabrics - Sofia Bush
Feathers- Lea Michele
Lace - Michelle Williams
Faux Fur-Trimmed - Audrina Patridge
Tartan - Chloe Moretz
Sweater Dress - Cameron Diaz
Brocade - Demi Moore
NEXT: Holiday Office Party Dresses
Mod Dress - Emma Stone
Slip Dress - Victoria Beckham
Designer Victoria Beckham, right, arrives to watch Andy Murray of Britain face Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
‘50s Style - Kiernan Shipka
Kiernan Shipka arrives at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Lace - Aubrey Plaza
Leather - Lake Bell
Shapes/Prints - Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham arrives at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Caped - Cameron Diaz
Anything Emerald - Solange Knowles
Winter White - Amy Poehler
‘20s Influence - Carey Mulligan In 'The Great Gatsby'
NEXT: Winter Fashion Essentials
Ashley Madekwe dressed up a pair of jeans with a embellished peplum top.
Actress Evangeline Lilly arrives at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Inaugural Gala wearing a red-bronze metallic blazer.
Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 38th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards wearing a gold and white brocade dress with asymmetrical hemline.
Model and actress, Molly Simms wears a flattering white dress at the Los Angeles Fashion Show & Dinner.
Kate Middleton rocks tartan paired with a red coat.
Who knew riding boots and a flashy sequin dress paired so nicely? Taylor Swift performs in an odd pairing that just works!
French actress Virginie Ledoyen wears a slimming tweed skirt to the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week.
“Vampire Diaries” actress Nina Dobrev wears a festive red toggle coat with ex-boyfriend, Iam Somerhalder, as they shop for a Christmas tree.
Madonna sports a pair of fingerless gloves while hanging with Steven Tyler during the Stella McCartney Spring 2014 show.
Designer Lauren Conrad looks darling in a black mini dress, tights and pumps as she attends the D&G Flagship Boutique Opening in support of The Art of Elysium.
NEXT: Fall Coats To Take You Through Winter
White Lace Dress
There’s nothing more feminine or festive than white lace. Actresses Jennifer Lopez, Isla Fisher and Selena Gomez all wore variations of white lace and looked nothing short of spectacular. The trick to a great white lace frock lies in the colour: If it's ivory, then it's a wedding dress, but if it's a warmer white, then it's perfect for a Christmas fête.
White Sweater Dress
Here’s where fashion meets function in perfect harmony. Who doesn’t want to be comfortable and stylish all at once? The white sweater dress is a classy and cozy option you could wear to a less formal function. Actress Ashley Tisdale did a great job dressing down her cream sweater dress with equestrian boots but it could easily become an evening ensemble with a pair of heels and some bling. Kate Hudson is an expert at dressing up the sweater dress and wore a memorable Jenny Packham cable knit frock paired with matching white heels and a brown clutch to a movie premiere.
Off White a.k.a. Cream
If you’re hesitant to wear stark white, give cream a try first. It’s a much easier shade to pull off for everyday wear. Supermodel Miranda Kerr looks great in everything but if you’re curious to see her take on the cream dress, she rocked a form fitting cream sheath accented with a brown belt and nude pumps.
White Ball Gown
There’s nothing more showstopping than a white floor length gown. (They’re not just for weddings anymore, friends!) If you have a formal holiday function approaching, consider something like actress Kate Mara’s white Prada gown with large bow detailing on the front, paired with a funky coloured clutch for a little unexpected pop! When choosing a floor-sweeping dress, just make sure that the key is still subtlety. Think more SAG Awards and less Oscars prom dresses.
White Tuxedo Dress
Anything tuxedo-inspired will turn heads, especially worn in dress form. A white tuxedo dress paired with tights and heels as per Blake Lively is as sexy-chic as you can get. We’re also quite enamored with model Chrissy Teigen’s take on the menswear-inspired look which put the sexy in the suit thanks to the tailoring which made it look like she were wearing just a shirt, and nothing underneath.
White Blouse and Skirt Combo
This look requires selecting two items so you’ll have to work a little harder but the effect is well worth it. Julianne Hough paired a white skirt with a long sleeve white blouse and a colourful brooch and she looked polished and fabulous.
If you want to shine, literally, we think that’s a great idea! Kirsten Dunst showed us how white and sparkly is done in an iridescent white embroidered gown by Dolce and Gabbana at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. But fear not: You aren't in danger of looking like a Christmas tree ornament if you choose a matte sequin dress that still has flash but won't blind your friends and/or co-workers.
A little white peplum dress is the perfect holiday party attire not only because they (still) stand out from the rest of the evening frocks but they are also super flattering. Take a cue from Angelina Jolie who looked chic in a strapless peplum dress by Ralph and Russo which she paired with a metallic belt. Hot!
If you're thinking of rocking full-on feathers, don’t be afraid to be confused for the Swan Princess because frankly, she was a babe and, obviously, a princess (therefore she wins at life). Try achieving this sassy but regal look by channeling this Marchesa number worn by Camilla Belle and Katy Perry. The trick is to use the feathers as accents rather than cover yourself in them or else you will be leaving a feather trail wherever you go.
White Full Skirt
If you’re more body conscious, you’ll feel completely comfortable and likely able to eat more hors d'oeuvres wearing a white dress with a full skirt. Taylor Swift read our minds when she wore a ladylike white lace dress with a full skirt to the 2013 Grammy nominations concert.