Dazzling Holiday Party Dresses for Every Budget

Holiday Party season is just about here. That means you’re going to be seeing folks you haven’t seen in a while. Might as well do it up right and look absolutely fabulous.

UNDER $100
Start with a limited budget. Add holiday sales savings. Yield: mega values and boundless good cheer.

Aqua
Flounce-Hem Dress

It’s youthful, daring and completely captivating. Aqua’s flounce dress is what you wear when you want to spend the party on the dance floor. 

$88 | bloomingdales.com

Lulus
Strapless Maxi

We totally get why they names this the “Own the Night” dress. Pair it with some statement earrings, and you’ll be party-ready tout de suite.

$72 | nordstrom.com

Bardot
Bella Tulip-Hem Dress

The figure-enhancing silhouette on this Bardot-Bella cocktail dress will put you in a festive mood. 

$89 (40% off) | nordstrom.com

Free People
Sugarpie Mini

No one does sexy hippie chic like Free People. Nope, it’s not for everyone, but if you’re a little bit country and a little bit rock n’roll, then here’s the Christmas dress for you.

$96 (25% off) | bloomingdales.com

Aqua
Fit-and-Flared LBD

It’s hard to argue with the simple perfection of Aqua’s Fit-and-Flared Little Black Dress. Sometimes simple really is best.

$79 | bloomingdales.com

 

UNDER $500
Your new dress might be starting out as a holiday purchase, but it’s a classic, so it’ll show up in your Instagram feed again. At the opera. At a awards ceremony. At the grocery store (if you’re the free-wheeling type).

Ulla Johnson
Falaise Ruffle Mini Dress

Ok, Ulla Johnson One-Sleeve Mini, we have one word for you: showstopper.

$425 | barneys.com

Aidan Mattox
Cocktail Dress

The geometric patterns. The alluring deep v-neck. The flattering fitted silhouette. You’re going to find it hard to avoid be taken in by the shimmery magic of this Aidan Mattox cocktail dress. And everyone who sees you in it will be equally as captivated.  

$265 | bloomingdales.com

Laundry by Shelli Segal
Bell-Sleeve Dress

There’s a very good reason why the little black dress is a staple at every informal soiree. Because it always fits the bill. Customize your look with a statement necklace or some chandelier earrings.

$148 | bloomingdales.com

Dress the Population
Raquel One-Shoulder Dress

You know when you want to look good but not look like you’re trying too hard? Yep, here’s that dress. It’s effortlessly captivating, just like you.

$254 | bloomingdales.com

Cynthia Rowley
Ruched Mini

She absolutely hates pretty, shiny things, but she isn’t above strutting around in a festive holiday dress. Cynthia Rowley to the rescue for all the glam-emo beings among us.

$346 (30% off) | shopbop.com

Draper James
Lace Sheath Dress

It comes as absolutely no surprise to us that a native Southerner like Reese Witherspoon would come up with the perfect Christmas dress that’s pretty enough for a party, and proper enough for Christmas mass.

$250 | draperjames.com

SPLURGE WORTHY
Sometimes you just want that perfect hero dress, and nothing else will do.

Isabel Marant
Tizy Ruched Dress

Listen, there’s nothing wrong with a holiday dress in a color other than red, green or black. The real issue is whether it looks good on you. This Isabel Marant number is an absolute stunner in regal purple, and the ruching around the waist and sleeves are undeniably flattering. 

$1,025 | barneys.com

Zac Posen
Shadow-Striped Gown

Nothing much happening here, just an absolutely spectacular evening gown from the enfant terrible of the New York fashion universe. When you really want to stand out at a formal holiday event, THIS is the dress.

$3,990 | barneys.com

Valentino
Bow-Detailed Dress

Ok, wallflowers and shrinking violets, step aside. This dress is not for you. If you’re bold, bantam, audacious, intrepid, adventurous, and a little brazen, THIS is the holiday dress for you.

$2,969 (40% off) | barneys.com

Chloe
Lace-Panel Godot Dress

The Chloe woman is effortlessly chic and always flawless. Who else could make red lace so effervescent?

$2,612 | harrods.com

Alberta Feretti
Crystal Dress

“You look absolutely magnificent.” Get used to hearing it again and again when you wear this dress. It is an undeniable showstopper.

$1,678 (30% off) | italist.com