The Mommy Stylist

Classically stylish frocks for the holiday party circuit

These chic, affordable and classic party dresses, chosen with a mom's body in mind, are just the ticket for the woman who doesn't want to be too trendy during the holidays.

I picked dresses to suit every personality and body shape, and fabrics and details range from feminine lace and pretty pleats to rich metallics, bold color and fun patterns.

No need to fight the chaos at the malls; I scoured the retailers for these Mommy Stylist-approved frocks and brought the stores to you.

To keep warm — not that you need to right now — try a black blazer over your dress. (Mila Kunis pairs them perfectly.)

Next week: trendier, but still mom-friendly, holiday looks.


The shape of this dress makes polka dots sexy. It works on an hourglass figure, and because of the strong shoulders, it could flatter a pear shape as well.

If you have a straight body, try adding a belt to define the waist.

Wear it again: luncheon, business meeting

The cap sleeves help balance out a pear shape by making the shoulders appear wider.

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

This pretty, feminine dress hides the gut and the butt. However, if you're pear-shaped, the fullness of the skirt could make your hips look even bigger.

The dress gives straight bodies some curves, and an hourglass can wear it as long as your "girls" can fit into the top.

Wear it again: formal wedding, charity event, New Year's Eve

This Topshop frock works on straight figures as well as hourglass — if you don't have a large chest.

Wear it again: New Year's Eve, wedding

Because of the V-neck, this piece can work with larger-chested, hourglass figures. The bell-shaped skirt hides guts and butts, but it probably is not best for a pear shape.

Wear it again: bridal shower, charity luncheon, theater

This is the modern-day version of the classic black dress. Shifts usually work best with a straight or apple shape.

Wear it again: wedding, luncheon

No, this isn't technically a dress, but in this case, it can certainly serve as one. In fact, it's my holiday outfit of choice this year.

It can easily be dressed up or down. The V-neck is perfect for the well-endowed, and the defined waist helps a straight body seem curvier.

Add a skinny red patent belt with some animal-print heels or a skinny silver belt with red patent heels to dress it up for the season.

Wear it again: PTA meeting, lunch with the girls, drinks with the girls, school concert, school event, date night

With its black waistband and bubbly skirt, this pretty dress makes any straight body seem curvy.

Wear it again: wedding, New Year's Eve, formal charitable event

This lovely lace frock works with just about any body shape. Minus the belt, an apple can rock it, while an hourglass figure requires a belt to keep from looking bigger.

The see-through sleeves help balance out a pear shape, and a straight body can choose belt or no belt.

Wear it again: wedding, evening charitable event

Often sparkles can look cheap — usually because they are too big or too plentiful. This dress has the perfect balance.

The hourglass shape knocks this dress out of the park. It won't flatter a straight shape at all, because it doesn't have anything to create curves; it will only emphasize your straight-ness.

Wear it again: New Year's Eve, cocktail party, dinner party

A sophisticated dress for a sophisticated mom. Pair it with some bright red heels. It probably won't flatter a straight figure, but an hourglass and an apple shape could do it justice.

Wear it again: New Year's Eve, wedding (with some nude heels)