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Haute holiday dresses

Bloomingdale's, $188
Bloomingdale's, $188
Santa Monica Place

It’s a countdown to couture—when the clock strikes midnight, let your look be part of defining the moment and making a memory. Get a jump start on 2011 with a sizzling haute holiday look and set the tone for the 12 sparkling new months ahead. Whether you’re staying in with your close set, or buzzing around town at all the hot spots—slip into a scene stealing dress and ring in the new year. We searched high and low for our top picks and present to you these three fab finds—all for under $200.

Get Golden. Every other look is just the runner-up. Glittering gold takes first place hands down, and this leggy dress with draping cut out sleeves is just the ticket. Paired with strappy sandals and bold bangles, you’ll feel worth every ounce. We chose this dress from Bloomingdale’s at Santa Monica Place ($188).

Bet on Black. The Kardashians have the corner market on sexy, and this fashion-forward anything-but-basic little black dress is no exception. With lace up detail and attention-getting lines, this mini dress is mega hot. Pick this up this dress from the Kardashian collection at bebe in Los Cerritos Center ($149).

Shiny and New. Sequins are a given, but swathed in pure winter white—take on whole new meaning. Go for the glow--everything looks brighter against the shimmering canvas of this sheath dress. We picked ours up White House Black Market at Paseo Nuevo ($ 99).