The holiday season is in full swing, and your calendar is filling up with family dinners, office parties and charity galas. In between shopping sprees for others, treat yourself to a festive dress fit for all occasions.
We hit the streets to find the best holiday dresses in San Diego, from local designer gems, to local boutique picks and big brand steals. This season’s most luxurious colors and textures give us good reason to celebrate.
Local designer: Andre Soriano
The dress: French lace embroidered black gown with hand-beaded embellishments, pleated satin skirt, v back and cuff sleeves. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” $1200
The occasion: Wear this high fashion, custom couture gown to a fabulous charity gala.
Designer note: “Timeless design. Custom. Only one in the world.”
Andre Soriano Showroom, 525 5th Avenue, downtown. andresoriano.com
Photo by Gail Bowman
Big brand obsession: Nanette Lepore at Nordstrom
The dress: This fashion-forward look is the picture of chic holiday style. Sheer black lace tops the color-blocked green and black cap-sleeve sheath dress, tied together with a removable belt, dropped waist and eyelash-fringe hem that dangles just above the knee. Understated accessories and a simple black heel will complete the ensemble. $448
The occasion: This statement dress will wow your co-workers at the office bash.
Nordstrom locations in San Diego: Fashion Valley Mall, Westfield Horton Plaza Mall, Westfield UTC La Jolla. Or, shop the Nanette Lepore dress online at nordstrom.com
Local designer: Aquino for M. Dot Studio
The dress: Michelle Aquino’s crimson velvet dress with floral detailing and gold trim. The flirty frock falls above the knee, with a soft v neck and forgiving waistline. $248
The occasion: You’re sure to impress the family in this sweet, stylish holiday look. Cover up with a festive gold cardigan sweater, black tights and black booties.
Designer note: “This dress caters to your body type, and not the other way around.”
M. Dot Design Studio, 920 E Street, downtown. mdotdesignstudio.com
Photo by Asami Photography
Big brand steal: Neiman Marcus for Target
The dress: Robert Rodriquez’s elegant Chantilly lace black and cream dress in fit-and-flare style to flatter all body types. The high seamed waist is accented by a ribbon tie belt, giving way to the A-line skirt. For a pop of color, pair with red heels and a red lip. $99.99
The occasion: Charming and feminine, this is the perfect look for a holiday dinner party at home.
For mini-me: Girl’s white beaded dress by Marchesa, $99.99
Last word: The Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection hit Target stores on Dec. 1, with limited-edition fashions and gifts from 24 top designers, including Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta. target.com
Local boutique: Tease
The dress: Because even Mrs. Claus deserves a night out on the town. The Love Me Do Lace Up Dress by Style Stalker will turn heads this holiday season. This vibrant red mini boasts a pleated skirt and shows a little skin with a lace-up, cut-out waist. For a cool casual look, style with a black motorcycle jacket and studded boots. $189
The occasion: The holiday spirit has invaded the party scene. Heat up the night with fun holiday events like Fluxxmas Factory happening all month. fluxxsd.com
Last word: “Our San Diego weather makes this short hem-line no problem. Remember, every girl needs a little red dress.” – Tease
Tease Boutique, 435 Island Ave., downtown. teaseboutique.com
Local boutique: Mog & Rue
The dress: Sleeveless sequin sheath by Single Dress. A panel of matte gold sequins runs down the front of the formfitting dress, with a small sheer v at the neckline, and a black ponte back. $198
The occasion: She is best dressed at the holiday cocktail party, but she only drinks champagne.
Last word: “It’s different from your typical all-sequined holiday dress. It’s lined with t-shirt material, so it feels like you're wearing a t-shirt. No sequin itchiness!” – Christina Ablahad, owner
Mog & Rue, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. mogandrue.com
Local boutique: Dolcetti
The dress: A form-fitting little black dress will take you far this holiday season. The One Last Day Dress by Keepsake is a stylish LBD with cut-out front detailing, a ruffle peplum and a flirty open back. $148
The occasion: Reinvent the LBD with varying accessories and cover-ups through winter.
Last word: “The beautiful open back is the perfect surprise element that makes it especially unique and fun to wear.” – Minét Taylor, co-owner
Tip: Also pay a visit to Dolcetti’s roommate A Style Concierge for a fresh holiday hair style.
Dolcetti Boutique, 635 5th Avenue, downtown. dolcettiboutique.com
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