One dress for all your holiday needs: Your Personal Stylist

The holiday season is here. Every year you head into that closet on a search and rescue mission to find something to wear to holiday parties. You’re likely to find a dress or two you loved once but not any more.

So it’s time for a shopping trip, and here’s my suggestion: Buy one dress that can take you to every event on your holiday calendar and work as a daily outfit as well.

I headed to Adorn on N.E. Fremont Street in Portland Oregon to find the perfect holiday dress for myself. Here are some tips on finding yours.

Find a dress that fits, flatters and functions for you. Avoid anything that requires a suit of armor underneath to keep your bits and pieces smooth. You should be able to eat what you want and still look and feel fabulous in your dress, and you must be able to move. I suggest finding a dress that has a simple line and skims — not hugs — your figure. Look for an interesting color that compliments the rest of your wardrobe.

BB Dakota Dress

Use different shoes, jackets and accessories to change the feel of one dress.

I found a BB Dakota Mattie sheath dress in aborigine at Adorn for under $100. The lines are simple and clean. The fit is skimming and flattering. I also love the dropped drape in the back that doesn’t show too much but adds a little drama. The fabric is matte (not shiny) but soft so it can be dressed up or dressed down. It is the perfect foundation for a multitude of looks.

Holiday Dress

Different shoes, jackets and accessories can change the look of one dress.

For a traditional festive, I added a sparkly statement necklace. Everyone should have a basic neutral jacket in their closet that can be dressed up, mine happened to be black, slightly draped and flattering in shape. I finished the look with a basic pump. Because this look is dressier, I chose not to add tights. If you want some coverage, go with an ultra sheer stocking as close to your skin tone as possible.

New Years Dress

Next I gave the dress an edgier feel for a New Years Eve party. I added a mixed metal necklace and a blazer with shoulder studs. Because this look is more fashion forward, I went with stiletto booties and black opaque tights to keep the visual line uninterrupted.

BB Dakota Dress Portland OR

Lastly, I want this dress to work for everyday as well, so I paired it with a denim jacket, scarf, fun polka dot tights and my ‘go to’ black boots.

The key is to build from a dress that can be changed up with a variety of hairstyles, shoes, jackets and accessories that you already own.