The holidays are coming, and with them a fun variety of parties! As your social calendar fills up, your closet may be looking a little bare — especially if you don’t want to wear the same little black dress to every soirée you’ll be attending. There’s nothing wrong with choosing a style that works for you (or one that can be changed up with a few smart accessories), but it’s also understandable if you’re looking to add some variety to your party wardrobe.
One of the tricks of building a great wardrobe (or a capsule wardrobe for the minimalist-at-heart) is to know which pieces are worth splurging on, and which are better kept affordable. A little black dress, for instance, is a versatile piece. You’ll likely wear it a lot. You can probably style it a number of different ways and with different accessories, so it’s worth spending a little bit more. If, on the other hand, you want a party dress (or two) to wear a couple of times, you probably don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars.
In fact, you can find a chic party dress for under $100. Read on to check out some of our favorites for the holiday season. You may just find a few looks that will make you the sparkle at the parties already filling up your calendar.
1. High-neck shift dress: $28.80
Sometimes, the most elegant dress leaves more to the imagination than it reveals. Soprano’s knotted high-neck shift dress is a great example. Despite its budget-friendly price tag, this style features a unique knotted neckline and a classy shift silhouette. It’s also offered in black, berry, and white — which means you can choose your favorite shade.
2. Long-sleeved lace dress: $55
Long-sleeved dresses that are festive enough for a party can be hard to come by, which is a major bummer if you live in a cold climate, or are always chilled. But this long-sleeved lace dress by Fire is a chic exception to the rule. You can take your pick between red or black. You’ll look elegant and fashion-forward — without freezing at holiday bashes.
3. Mock-neck illusion dress: $25.99
A mock-neck and an illusion neckline are a genius pairing, especially when combined with a figure-flattering fit-and-flare dress. You can have all of those features with Love Squared’s mock-neck dress. It’s the perfect choice if you want a look that’s both fun and elegant for all the holiday parties ahead.
4. Sequined fit-and-flare dress: $32.99
What could be more festive than allover sequins and a silhouette that’s conducive to twirling? Soprano’s fit-and-flare dress offers the perfect amount of sparkle, with a V-neck on both the front and back. The black sequins mean it’s technically a little black dress — but it’s so much more fun than the LBD you wear to the office.
5. Sequin minidress: $69
Sequins are a foolproof choice for New Year’s festivities (or for Great Gatsby-themed holiday parties). This minidress from One Clothing is a show-stopping style. Its geometric motif and scoop back are extremely flattering., which makes it the perfect look for the most festive of holiday parties.
6. Pleated shift dress: $52.80
A swingy shift dress is a particularly chic way to go when it comes to party dressing. French Connection’s pleated version looks fun and modern. It features a sleeveless bodice, a split high/low hem, and a keyhole on the back with a button-and-loop closure.
7. Tiered textured dress: $29.99
Another perfect candidate for festive occasions is a flirty tiered dress. Connected’s textured dress is constructed of a crinkle fabric, which catches the light in all the right ways. It features a tiered design and a shift silhouette.
8. Tuxedo sheath dress: $92
Even women who love menswear-inspired pieces wants to wear dresses sometimes. This Adelyn Rae tuxedo sheath is perfect for those situations. It’s just as flattering as a more conventional little black dress, but features the architectural structure of a sharp blazer.
9. Lace fit-and-flare dress: $58.80
A fit-and-flare dress is a supremely flattering silhouette for every body type, and BB Dakota’s lace rendition is party-ready. It features a sheer illusion neckline plus a cutout on the upper back. And the navy blue lace is a perfect choice for classy holiday affairs.
10. Bodycon dress with lace inset: $56.99
A black dress is a truly classic way to go, and sometimes, you don’t want to mess with that. Go for something more fun than your usual choice with mblm by Tess Holliday’s bodycon dress. It features a mesh inset at the waistline and lace insets at the side bodice and hem.
11. Shimmer wrap dress: $56.98
Just like sequins, shimmery materials are a no-brainer for holiday functions. J.O.A.’s shimmering dress offers a chic take on a glittery look. The wrap style offers just the right amount of drape, and the abbreviated slip adds a flirtatious twist.