11/30/2015 05:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Decade' the Halls: Timeless Holiday Dresses and Looks

The holiday season is upon us, and that means our calendars are filling up with festive gatherings, galas, and get-togethers. Looking for a way to add some classic charm and standout style to your party ensembles? Take a few cues from some of the most iconic eras in fashion with these decades-in-the-making styling ideas:


It's easy to revel in the golden era glam of 1920s fashion without having to revert to an overly costume-like, fringy flapper dress. Try a shimmery cocktail dress with intricate beadwork and a longer hem. Add a layer of luxe with a shrug or shawl, and complete the look with a strappy mid-heel. Bolster the sparkle-factor with shiny button earrings and some romantic waves.


Classic 1940s style consists of sophisticated, streamlined silhouettes and demure details. Try a fitted dress with a pencil skirt, and add a little contrast with an oversized cape or a longer jacket. Patent leather pumps pull it the look together, and all that's left are the finishing touches: if a fascinator isn't your thing, go for some dainty gloves or a simple strand of pearls.


If you're inspired by the styles of the 1960s, try a totally twirl-worthy trapeze dress, playfully patterned tights, and some absolutely fabulous knee-high boots. Tease your tresses into an up-do to draw attention to some darling dangle earrings. A swing coat makes the perfect cozy covering.


A little nod to boho, 1970s-inspired style makes for a happenin' holiday look. A flouncy dress with bell sleeves -- along with a lengthy pendant necklace and some some pointed heels -- is all it takes to embrace that 70's spirit. Add a few braids in your hair, or just go with a naturally wavy look to finish it all off.

+Will your holiday ensembles be inspired by any of these eras? For more style inspiration, check out our wide selection of holiday dresses.

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