The Mommy Stylist

Time to shine! 10 gorgeous — and affordable — dresses for any holiday occasion

You know those moms who always look so put-together? Chances are those women are working with fashion trends you didn't even know existed. But stick with the Mommy Stylist and you can be that mom — starting with this holiday season.

I've found some gorgeous, inexpensive frocks that are trendy, functional and forgiving — just what a mom needs to feel sexy and confident all the way through New Year's.

Want to keep that feeling all year long? Learn to dress for your body type. Then you can pick and choose the pieces that flatter and just say no to the ones that don't. Then you'll be the put-together mom on the soccer field.


This gorgeous Alice + Olivia dress blends three trends — lace, sheer fabric and peplum — seamlessly. It gives straight body types the curves they've always wanted. An hourglass figure looks lovely in it, and the cap sleeves help draw the eye upward to balance out a pear shape. $165 at Neiman Marcus.

Wear it again: Black-tie event, formal wedding, charity event

If comfortable glamour is what you seek, then this may be your perfect holiday dress from MM Couture ($89 at Piperlime). The fabric on the top adds bulk, so if you're well-endowed, it can make you look top heavy, so try an alternate style.

Wear it again: New Year's Eve, theater, anniversary party

A black one-piece pant suit can do the job of a dress any day. The strapless bodice from Zara ($69.90) keeps it sexy, and the peplum makes it modern. Curvy, straight and smaller pear shapes can wear it with confidence. 

Wear it again: Drinks with the girls, adult birthday party, black-tie event, cocktail party

If a holiday dress with a little edge is what you seek, look no further than this number from Zara  ($99.90) And what makes this dress even cooler? The slimming black panels on the sides.

Wear it again: To the office, business dinner

Plus-sized women can thank ASOS Curve ($73) for finally offering fashion-forward clothing. A swing dress can work on an apple body type, and the short length shows off those thin legs.

Wear it again: New Year's Eve, anniversary party, date night

The draping on this Karen Millan dress ($140) is what makes it special. Not only does it camouflage a tummy, but the diagonal lines are also slimming.

Wear it again: Dinner date, drinks with the girls

Stand out from the crowd in this festive plaid frock from Karen Millen ($235). The vertical lines elongate the body, while the belt and folded fabric on the hips add curves. 

Wear it again: Luncheon, office, holiday tea

The soft, flowy fabric on this ASOS dress ($48.50) oozes femininity. It flatters straight and apple body types.

Wear it again: Cocktail party, wedding (with some nude heels), date night

The sheer fabric on this dressby Aryn K ($119 at Piperlime) adds sex appeal. Try it with a belt for a more defined waist; make it a red belt for a pop of color.

Wear it again: New Year's Eve, night out with the girls

Pretty pleats and sophisticated beading give this dress by Darling personality ($142.99 at ModCloth). Curvy women probably can't pull it off, but it works splendidly for an apple body type.

Wear it again: Wedding, dinner with friends, date night