The Best Dress List: January Edition

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So we’re knee deep in winter—and depending on your whereabouts, possibly snow—which makes the need for a little glitz and glamour is all the more, well, necessary. Thank you, award season, for providing so much in this arena. There’s something that really quells those winter doldrums when you see gorgeous head-to-toe looks walk the red carpet. And while holiday party season may be officially over, getting dressed up for an Oscars soiree—or just a date night—is not. Which brings us to our picks for this month’s “Best Dress List,” (see last month's edition here). Catching our eye: Cold (but not literally) shoulders, bold patterns, and little details that say a lot—like military-inspired buttons, ruffled hems and flared sleeves.

1. Exposed shoulders:

ELOQUII coral off the shoulder plus size dress with flounce detail, product 1243971

Featured Above: Off the Shoulder Dress with Flounce Detail

Whether off the shoulder or cut-outs, showing a bit of skin around the neckline is equal parts romantic and sexy. Best of all, this look transitions to spring beautifully.

2. Color (and we’ve got a thing for red):

ELOQUII red off the shoulder flare sleeve plus size dress, product 1242910

Featured Above: Studio Off the Shoulder Flare Sleeve Dress

The brighter, the better. How else can you beat winter’s dreary palette? Go bold, this isn’t a look to toe dip into—choose your favorite, bright hue.

3. Bold patterns:

Plus size striped casual dress

Featured Above: Opposing Striped Knit Dress

Chevron, stripes, florals—bright shades and eye-catching designs are total standouts. Great for layering under jackets, scarves, or anything else you need to bundle under. That peek of pattern is a welcomed surprise.

4. Ruffles:

ELOQUII green ruffle trim crepe plus size dress, product 1243500

Featured Above: Ruffle Trim Crepe Dress

This simple detail gives your look a dose of sweetness and romance ideal for date nights—or any night, really. We like a little and a lot when it comes to this look, whether it’s simply on the hem of a dress or all the way down the front.

5. Sparkle:

Plus size purple sequin party dress

Featured Above: Studio Sequin Fit and Flare Dress

You know we’ve got a thing for unapologetic “look at me” shine, but no season calls for it more loudly than winter. So don’t retire your holiday sequin favorites, we think they’re just what the season called for.

6. Flared sleeves:

Plus size white dress with flare sleeves

Featured Above: Flare Sleeve Dress with Applique Detail

Instant drama with the flick of your wrist (no actual drama needed). Plus, there’s something undeniably regal about a trumpeted sleeve we can’t get enough of.

7. Military style details:

ELOQUII black military style dress with buttons, product 1243960

Featured Above: Mock Neck Military Dress with Sleeves

Hardware, in general, is a nice tomboy touch—the glamourous impact a welcomed side effect. On a minidress the button look is just so cool.

8. Shirt dresses:

Plus size white shirt dress with flare sleeves

Featured Above: Shirt Dress with Flare Sleeves

Because, January: It’s cold, you may just want to stay in your silkiest, coziest nightshirt—here’s the closest thing that’ll turn heads in a, well, much better way.

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