Try Googling the term “little black dress.” Never mind, we’ll save you the trouble: There are about 23 million results. To us, that suggests that this particular look (and phrase) might be just a tad overused.

Believe us, we understand the need for a go-to dress during the holiday season. It’s a nonstop round of party after party, and the dry cleaners can barely keep up. That said, there’s no reason to get stuck in a sartorial rut. This year, try experimenting with some alternatives to the LBD—a punch of color, a chic pair of pants or a hint of shimmer will go a long way toward making a memorable impression.