Ah, the holiday season in Manila—nothing quite like it. Have you mentally prepared for all of your titas asking you when you’re going to get an S.O., how your job is going, or if you put on weight? We can’t give you an overnight bae or map out your career path, but we can help hide the few extra pounds that you might get around the holidays. No shame—it happens to the best of us. What are you supposed to do at all the reunions, starve? The simple solution is to hide your Noche Buena belly with a loose dress. It’ll look like you really tried to look your best for the party, but your ulterior motives will be our little secret.
Here are 10 loose, comfy, stylish dresses you can wear this holiday season:
1. Lyocell Denim Dress, P1190, H&M, SM Makati
Rock an effortless elegance with this button-down dress from H&M. As with your fave pair of jeans, this denim dress can suit all sorts of occasions. Dress it down with your go-to sneakers or pop on some heels and a cute purse to make it party-ready.
2. Short Ribbed Dress, P1995, BERSHKA, SM Aura
Ever wanted to go out bundled up in your fave sweater? This Bershka dress will let you get away with it. The loose fit and straight silhouette is giving us major '60s mod vibes. You can stay cozy all night and eat to your heart’s desire without worrying about your gut peeking out.
3. Metallic Thread Dress, P2295, MANGO, Powerplant Mall
The end of 2019 is bringing about a new decade so why not celebrate the 2020s by throwing it back to the 1920s? This shiny halter dress from Mango is all kinds of flapper-chic—you’ll be tempted to put a feather in your hair and wear long gloves. It’ll stand out enough on its own, but you can amp up the look with big earrings, a pearl necklace, and a vampy red lip.
4. Voluminous Floral Print Midi Dress, P1995, PULL&BEAR, SM Megamall
Try a chill boho look with this loose midi dress from Pull&Bear. Style your hair in loose waves for an extra ethereal touch. Best part? The mid-shin length and draped sleeves mean you won’t have to get a wax before the big party—one less thing to worry about.
5. Strappy Loose Dress, P2499, POMELO, Zalora
You know by now that black is the go-to color to hide your love handles, but who says you can’t wear white even when you’ve put on a few pounds? This loose, ankle-length dress from Pomelo comes in a gorgeous cream color that will make you look like a Greek goddess—your food baby will be totally unbothered underneath. It has a little slit on the side so you can still show off your legs. Pair it with some nude shoes so you can look 10 times taller.
6. Loose Kimono Dress, P1799, ZALORA, Zalora
We guarantee at least one of your Christmas parties and holiday reunions will require you to wear red so you might as well stock up. This Zalora dress would be a good option. The loose, waist-tied design and flowy sleeves are inspired by the Japanese kimono—think of it like leaving your house in your fave silk robe. You can take it from work straight to a night out.
7. Shanti Dress, P750, TWILL CAVERN, twillcavern.com
Just because you’re hiding your food baby doesn’t mean you can’t still show off your curves. This pretty dress from Twill Cavern will hang elegantly on your body—loose enough to hide your tummy, but subtly showing off the contours of your hips. We’re obsessed with the Gen Z Yellow color, which will make you look like sunshine when you enter the room.
8. Priscilla Dress, P1399, COLE VINTAGE, Mercer Boutique, Uptown Mall
Wear this flowy, floor-length gown from Cole Vintage to an extra-special occasion. The nude hue will go with pretty much anything so style and accessorize as you please. Dust some highlighter on your shoulders and collarbone to show off your bone structure.
9. Mercerized Cotton A Line Mini Dress, P990, UNIQLO, SM Mega Fashion Hall
You’ll want to cop every color of this versatile dress from Uniqlo. Black is always a staple, but it also comes in deep purple, navy, and emerald green. Throw a denim jacket on top and slip into your sneakers if you’re keeping it casual, or you can jazz it up with lots of jewelry and strappy heels.
10. Fringed Short Dress, P3295, ZARA, Greenbelt 5
You may be covering up those extra pounds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stand out at your Christmas festivities. This shiny fringed dress from Zara will catch the light at every angle thanks to the shimmery design and texture. No one will know how bloated you really feel underneath—go ahead, have that extra serving of rice.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.