Style 24-7: Hot Hostess

Refreshingly chic plaid dresses to wear while hosting this holiday season.

Celia L. Smith Nov, 26, 2013

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A body-con silhouette can transform traditional tartan plaid into a sexy print.

Printed jersey dress, McQ Alexander McQueen, $420, netaporter.com.

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Wool plaid dress, Alice + Olivia, $727, mytheresa.com.

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This shift shape allows for wiggle room while serving your guests.

Shift dress, Mango, $80, mango.com.

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Fresh design and a clean color palette takes plaid to a chicer level.

Draped wool-blend dress, Lanvin, price available upon request, netaporter.com.

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Heavy metal accents like zippers and studs toughen-up tartan pieces.

Checked dress with zips, Zara, $119, zara.com.

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"Annabelle" cross front dress, Timo Weiland, $552, modaoperandi.com.

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Colorblocked pencil dress, Dorothy Perkins, $39, dorothyperkins.com.

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This cozy boyfriend style plaid is perfect with pumps and a skinny belt for relaxing at home.

Flannel long sleeved dress, Uniqlo, $40, uniqlo.com.

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Checked shift dress, Zara, $60, zara.com.

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Fit-and-flare, Miss Patina, $95, modcloth.com.

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Play with plaid by mixing in fun motifs and prints.

"Halton" draped printed cotton dress, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, $680, netaporter.com.

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Ease into plaid with solid colorblocks.

Multi-color plaid houndstooth dress, Martin Grant, $272, modewalk.com.

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Sheer applique dress, 3.1 Philip Lim, $297, lagarconne.com.

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Size matters! Plaid proportioned on the right areas of the body will enhance, not hurt your frame.

Belted plaid wool dress, MICHAEL Michael Kors, $160, theoutnet.com.

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Plaid placement and direction is also key! Lines that move inward versus straight up-and-down add curves to your figure.

Fit-and-flare dress, Dorothy Perkins, $35, dorothyperkins.com.

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