December is a time to celebrate the holidays, and that includes all the parties that comes with this festive time of year. That also frequently means stress -- and not just because your extended family is around.
Going through your closet can bring plenty of its own anxiety, but don't fret -- Hollywood's boldest fashionistas have been slaying red carpets and their own holiday soirees all month long, and now it's time to take a cue from them for your own sartorial needs.
One of the easiest go-tos is to tap into the biggest trends of 2016, many of which are luxe fabrics perfect for any fête: metallics, sheer lace, and velvet. As Julianne Hough, Anna Faris, and Vivica A. Fox all prove, they're easier to wear than you may think:
Want all eyes on you? You can go super diva in a bright pink gown like Mariah Carey did at VH1's Diva Holiday: Unsilent Night...
...or channel a bit of old Hollywood glam for a sleek yet subtler approach, just like Katy Perry's pearl-encrusted halter dress did at the Office Christmas Party premiere.
Sheer is also a fun way to go this party season, but we're not talking in that free-the-nipple way the Kardashian-Jenner crew loves (though if that's your thing, by all means). We're big fans of this starry LBD that Kerry Washington rocked at the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards, as well as the black lace-and-silver sequins combo Hailee Steinfeld slipped into for Z100's Jingle Ball -- it's like an ice princess' dream!
If all you can think about is being sparkly (and who would blame you?), a sleek gown like the dark blue embellished tanked dress Danielle Brooks wore to the 2016 CNN Heroes Gala is a great choice.
Really want to take the shimmering thing up a notch? A low-cut mini like the pink-and-black sequined number Ashley Graham wore to the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year ceremony will definitely make you the center of attention.
The best part about all these dresses? They totally work for New Year's Eve, too.
Need even more inspiration? Click through the holiday outfit gallery below for more great ensembles.