It's party time, that time of year when sparkles are always in style. I combed the racks of several local boutiques and found lots of fabulous dresses just itching for an invitation. Show some attitude: Simple silhouette, with lace overlay to give it some edge. $340, by Bianco Nero, from Arafina
Sparkle. Make a sexy statement, without showing a lot of skin. Looks sleek with black tights, or punch it up with colored tights and booties. $98, by BB Dakota, from Hot Mama
Work it: Red is always right at the holidays. And a long sleeve silk dress is a smart investment—you could wear it from the office to a gathering with friends. Bonus: 25 percent off through Dec. 24! $348, by Shoshanna, from Stephanie's
Channel Audrey Hepburn: Classic black is always elegant. You'll turn to this timeless dress again and again. $495, by Halston Heritage, from OPM.
Channel Cher: Eat and be comfy in this relaxed, yet totally sophisticated '70s-inspired dress. How amazingly cool would this look be for hosting a party at home? $650, by L'Agence, from Arrow
Lovely in lace: Feminine, and extremely sexy. $258, by To Be Adored, from Il Vostro Boutique
Get Back: Leave them staring in this fitted cotton-nylon dress with a scoop neckline and loose pleats. By NAHM, from Grethen House
Shimmer. Not a dress person? A sequined top will do the trick. Complete the look with skinny black pants, or tone it down with dark jeans. $318 by Rory Beca, from Bluebird Boutique