Sure, the little black dress is a staple of holiday parties this time of year. It can be dressed up or down, and it is the epitome of understated elegance. But it’s not the only option for the fashion forward who prefer to mix it up.

Here’s the fashion forecast for this holiday season.

This look focus on black and white. Here trousers and other pieces are worn in sharp contrast to one another. The soft blouse tones down what could be a too-severe look. This style works well for a dinner party, work event, or an upscale occasion


Here jewel tones in a luscious green sets the tone. This trend reflects a sexier, more youthful look for going out — be it with the girls, or a party. This style is as easy as a special top with black jeans. Gold is the key accent color in printing, buttons, and accessories. To round out the look, pair with a clutch adorned with fabric or touches of sequins.

Pair lush fabrics and textures to get this ultimate party look. Use grey prominently with shades of dark red or deep wine to bring in that pop of color perfect for the holiday season.