Believe it or not there are less than 5 weeks until that big, special holiday, which means it’s time for Christmas or holiday cocktail parties and fancy dinners. Family parties might be a little easier to shop for, but around co-workers and the higher-ups it might be a good idea to take a good look in that dressing room mirror before you take it off the hanger on that special night. Here are a few up and coming trends that will make you a knockout, personally and professionally, at any party.

Don’t be afraid to take it back a few generations. These old vintage styles are back and packing a serious wow factor. For instance, a great Mod dress is never to be overlooked. A Mod dress features a high neckline and a short hemline. Pairing this with some subtle patterned tights and fashion boots is a great way to keep it modest and up to date. Fitted waist and A-line skirts are also very popular among the high end designers like Prada.

The fashion world is covered in lace, of all patterns and colors. Lace is sensual, sophisticated, and sexy. Black silhouettes are most common, but are available in an array of hemlines and sleeve lengths. Dolce and Gabbana have really capitalized with a 50s style lace number.

A statement waist is this season’s little black dress. Despite the fact that most women are trying to hide their supposedly horrid spare tire, a exaggerated waist, dropped waist, or the ever-popular peplum waist is making a statement on the runway. Peplum waists are most flattering in bold colors like blue and bright pink. These waists lines add volume to the basic straight styles, which can be an accessory all on its own.