Oscar de la Renta has styled the best-dressed celebrities for decades, including Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, the gorgeous Penelope Cruz, and actress Amy Adams… why shouldn’t he design the perfect dress for you? With holiday parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations mere weeks away, it’s time to choose the a de la Renta dress… and here are my favorites!
1. Pleated Duchess Satin Gown
Price: $5,290 at net-a-porter.com
The designer calls the color of this gown “magenta” but to me it’s the richest of amethyst. It’s gathered at the left shoulder and features a fishtail or mermaid skirt. Pair this with metallic Jimmy Choo sandals and prepare for your walk — or strut! — down the red carpet!
2. Tie-Dye Ribbon-Cut Dress
Price: $2,490 at neimanmarcus.com
I love the all-over ribbon detailing on this dress! This sleeveless tie-dye dress comes complete with a matching belt, and is made right here in the USA of silk. The straight skirt flatters every figure, and the black and white pattern is striking, not fussy or distracting. Pair it with a pair of strappy black sandals and a bold cuff bracelet.
3. Embroidered Satin Caftan
Price: $2,340 at neimanmarcus.com
The embroidered neckline on this caftan dress is amazing! I love the detail! I also love the color, what the designer calls “freesia and ivory.” This dress is made of slinky silky satin, and ties at the waist with a matching sash. Love it!
4. Metallic Jacquard Dress
Price: $2,290 at net-a-porter.com
I love the splashes of gold on this dress! It adds radiance and shine without being tacky. And it’s silk so it’s just as lush and supple as can be! I’d wear it with dangly chandelier earrings and a clever little clutch.
5. Ruffled Silk Dress
Price: $1,990 at neimanmarcus.com
Another purple dress! I love these hues, perfect for grabbing attention at a holiday party! This dress is sleeveless, with twin rows of ruffles down the front and a gorgeous rose at the center of the chest. Wear this with impossibly tall, skinny stilettos in inky black.
6. Flounce Dress
Price: $2,690 at neimanmarcus.com
Basic black and then some! With matching V’s in the front and the back, a flirty flounce skirt, and even pockets on the seams, this dress is perfect for a swanky holiday party or a fabulous gallery opening. Pair it with a triple-strand of creamy pearls or a chunky geometric silver necklace, and shine on!
7. Leopard Sheath Dress
Price: $2,190 at neimanmarcus.com
Are you an aspiring cougar on the prowl? Then this is the dress for you! Sexy, bold, featuring a pencil skirt and a round collar. Wear it with tall black heels, set your sights on that gorgeous young guy at the bar, and get your stalk on!
8. Ruby-Embellished Dress
Price: $2,990 at neimanmarcus.com
Dorothy had her ruby slippers, but what good are killer shoes without the perfect dress? This pure-silk a-line dress sparkles at the neck and hem with Oz-worthy faux rubies. The olive/aubergine print provides the perfect backdrop to these glittery jewels.
9. Tweed Dress
Price: $1,790 at neimanmarcus.com
Tweed isn’t just for boring businessmen’s suits. It’s also for slender sassy girls! This multi-color dress has a modest rolled collar and flirty fringed hem. Wear it with a wide gold or deep auburn belt and matching pumps, and make this your power suit!
10. Wool-Crepe Shift Dress
Price: $1,790 at net-a-porter.com
My grandmother swears every woman should invest in one very basic little black dress. This would be mine! It’s simple, elegant, an instant classic. Make it your own with the right accessories — a piece of statement jewelry, or slender, curvy pumps.
11. Boucle Sleeveless Dress
Price: $1,990 at net-a-porter.com
Red is the color of love, passion, and heat. Wear this poppy-red dress and find out why! The deep-V Mandarin neckline is daring but not overt, and the slit at the hem adds a little interest. I would wear this with a pair of tall black Christian Louboutin heels, a wide black belt, and a chunky black cuff bracelet.
12. Embroidered Cocktail Dress
Price: $790 at saksfifthavenue.com
Strapless, sassy, and striking, all at once! The bodice and hem are black silk organza with bold paillette embroidery, and the skirt is made of plush black ostrich feathers. Wear it with an outrageous collar necklace and innocent-looking shoes… not just for cocktails!
13. Metallic Knitted Tunic
Price: $1,690 at net-a-porter.com
The exact opposite of a plain black dress! This shimmery, slinky dress demands attention! I love the colors and textures… perfect with sassy ankle boots and a simple skinny belt.
14. Silk Faille Boatneck Dress
Price: $2,490 at saksfifthavenue.com
This color is gorgeous, the perfect shade of sumptuous sapphire. This dress is simple but stunning, with a finely-tailored appeal. It’s silk with a dropped waist and a classic boatneck. I love the skirt — pleated and full. Wear this with daring black heels or sweet little square-toe flats.
15. Gathered Stretch Twill Dress
Price: $2,190 at neimanmarcus.com
So very flattering! Made of pure silk, in a rich, exotic persimmon color. The gathered jewel neckline draws attention to your best features and camouflages what we don’t want other to see… wear this with delicate gold hoops and a pretty gold belt and bracelet.
The dress of your holiday-party dreams had to be in this list… I know mine was! In fact, I could choose two or three of these dresses… now, where to wear them? Have you spotted an Oscar de la Rente dress you want to share? Has your favorite celeb been photographed in one of these? Please let me know… thanks!