By Jesse L. Brooks


While we're always in awe of glamorous gowns on the red carpet, the fun cocktail frocks are just as wardrobe inspiring. With the holiday season in full swing we are always searching for fun ways to look party festive. Our new Best Dressed list is filled with a variety of note-worthy looks perfect for a seasonal outing. Landing on our #1 spot, Emmy Rossum was the belle of the ball in the Big Apple.  The 'Shameless' beauty attended 'An Evening Honoring Carolina Herrera', where she wore a beautiful black & white gingham gown designed by the guest of honor herself. Lady Gaga wooed us with class and elegance once again, this time in a chic Brandon Maxwell creation at the 2016 Fashion Awards. Gaga's style has shifted quite a bit over the years, but there's no question this new, more refined Mother Monster is by far our favorite. As for cocktail dresses, Reese Witherspoon shined bright for the premiere of her new animated film "Sing". The Tennessee native looked sweet and sassy in a star embroidered Elie Saab sparkler and ankle strap Louboutins. Emma Stone is a girl after our own heart, while making the rounds promoting her Oscar buzz-worthy film "La La Land" the loveable actress wore one amazing outfit after another.  But it was this jeweled Prada number that we couldn't take our eyes off of. We also love that she didn't play it safe with her shoe choice. A pair of deep blue feathery Jimmy Choo sandals added extra oomph to her already winning look. These lovely ladies prove just how fun dressing up can be, as well as how many different directions you can take personal style. To see the looks mentioned here, plus more of our favorites check out our Best Dressed gallery above.