Dazzling: How to be the best dressed from Hanukkah through the New Year

Sure, you can always pull out last year’s trusty black dress, or play it safe with jeans-and-a-nice-top. But 2018 is turning out to be a banner year for glamorous party wear: If the sequins don’t get you, this season’s one shoulder dresses will. Here’s how to sparkle for all eight nights of Hanukkah and into the New Year.


Asos Ombre Sequin Pants

Sequins are a thing every holiday season, of course, but they’re having a genuine moment right now thanks to the likes of Tom Ford, Balmain and Alice & Olivia, as well as every single street style star that’s been rocking sequins as daywear recently. Look out for rainbow stripes, clashing brights, and shimmering ombré effects. I love a sequined dress, but separates are even better as you can tone them down for day once the party’s over.

Asos ombre sequin pants $119
Kitri Studio sequin wrap top $125

2Jewel tones

Red! Green! The color of the season is a tussle between ruby red, as seen on the dancing girl emoji, and emerald green, the surprise hit from this summer. But really you’ll look ravishing in anything from the jewel family. (Taking inspiration from the 80s, fuchsia, violet and sapphire blue are all totally acceptable too.)

Reformation Lola dress in emerald, $198
Calvin Klein velvet bling sleeve dress in sapphire, $119 (sale ends 11/28) at Macy’s

3Actual jewels

Nothing to do with the hippie healing craze, crystals have got their bling back this holiday. Your inner magpie can probably thank Gucci for this—its stores are currently a treasure trove of chunky crystal rings, brooches and statement necklaces. If you have to pick just one piece? Make it a crystal drop earring.

J Crew crystal and acetate statement necklace, $118
Gucci metal earrings with drop crystals, $980

4A hands-free, beaded bag

Between juggling glasses of champagne and accepting mini latkes, your hands have got better things to do than hang on to your clutch bag for dear life. Do yourself a favor this party season and invest in a wristlet clutch or cross bodybag. The style to know now? After Shrimps kicked off the revival with its vintage-style Antonia bag, the 90s style beaded evening purse is all the rage.

Zara beaded cross body candy box minaudiere, $69.90
Shrimps Molly cream purse, $495

5The Dynasty frock

Ready to party like it’s 1988? The Dynasty dress is back, with Saint Laurent, Marni and Balenciaga all embracing the decade. And don’t leave this one to the teens. If you remember the one shoulder dresses, deep plunge necklines and lashings of gold lamé from the first time around, that’s all the more reason to show ‘em how it’s done.

Ulla Johnson Falaise dress, $425
Urban Outfitters Cyndi one shoulder metallic mini dress, $89

Susannah Cohen is a fashion journalist, e-commerce editor (specialist subjects: lingerie and diamonds) and Jewish mom. Recently relocated from London to the West Coast, she’s feeling a lot more spiritual these days.