It’s December, and for many of us, that means parties start lighting up our schedules. Whether it’s a friend’s Christmas shindig or a stodgy and PC-approved office “holiday” party, here are eight affordable party dresses (and one splurge) bound to make you sparkle.
Go for the Gold
This shimmery slip dress from Banana Republic will look just right with a faux fur wrap and a glass of champagne. Banana Republic has lots of sales around this time of year, so you can probably rely on a solid 40 percent off the list price of $138 if you’re the patient type.
Classic Green Velvet
Velvet and deep Christmas green are always in vogue around the holidays. Try this Ralph Lauren sheath dress at Macy’s with a trendy, cold-shoulder detail for $150, or for a more inexpensive and youthful look, this mini wrap dress from Zara for $49.90.
Can’t Get Christmassier Than Tartan
Is there anything more Christmasy than this Brooks Brothers Tartan Wool number in red and green? Classic and modest, this universally flattering fit and flare dress is perfect for Christmas dinner with family.
You Always Wanted to Shimmer
This next dress may be tough to pull off for many (this author included), but for those able, is just right for a night as cocktail party hostess. A slouchy and informal fit gets a winter holiday spin with shimmery pleated fabric in bright silver. It’s the perfect combination of style and comfort for mixing drinks and reaching for those glasses in the top drawer.
Dress Totally Optional
Who said holiday outfits all have to be dresses? This Christmas-red jumpsuit is ideal for all your holiday party needs, from relaxed to fancy. Pair it with gold strappy heels and delicate jewelry for an additionally festive touch. You can rent it here.
The Gilded Age
While not technically a dress, this pleated gold skirt from Ann Taylor is the perfect way to add some holiday spirit to an office-appropriate outfit. Pair it with a nice blouse of nearly any color and add seasonal jewelry.
Christmas Is a State of Mind
For those who prefer a little more party than holiday in their holiday parties, this flapper-inspired fringe dress from White House Black Market comes in black and deep crimson.
Splurge On This Beauty
Finally, for those with a little holiday cash to spend, this gorgeously stylish dress with long sleeves and an asymmetrical overlay from Parisian designer Maje, on sale at Net-A-Porter for $288 from the original price of nearly $500.