Traditionally, holiday party dressing falls in one of two camps: jewel brights for the see-my-holiday-spirit types, and basic black for those less inclined to look like a Christmas ornament.
But recent years have seen a new contender making a strong move to become a holiday classic white.
It's been a springtime after-hours favorite for years. It looks clean, fresh and light, traits traditionally associated with warmer weather.
But central heat and airconditioning not to mention global warming have made seasons somewhat less distinct, at least when one is inside, which is where most holiday gatherings are held, after all.
And white along with its pale cousins, blush pink and coral makes for entrance-making outfits that aren't (yet) cliches.
"White is the quintessential neutral," says Peggy Kaufman, senior vice president of Ann Taylor. "It's the perfect foil for any kind of jewelry. It can be dressed up or down. It works like black, but it's not as obvious."