These Fashion Editor-Approved Holiday Party Dresses Have Main Character Energy and Won’t Break the Bank

This is the most wonderful time of the year – and not just because we get to experience the beautiful lights, delicious food and quality time with the family. These are certainly some of the best features of the season, but something that Seriously it makes us excited about the holidays dresses. Finding the best holiday dresses to wear for the season isn’t always easy, though. So many retailers are pushing Festival frocks that feel cheesy instead of special. It can be hard to sift through them all and come up with a holiday gold dress! Whether you need something to wear to a cocktail party with friends, your annual family soirée or a last minute NYE bash, our fashion team has your back with the picks below.

To give you a break during this busy season, we’ve searched through your favorite retailers to find the cutest holiday dresses out there. Think of this as your curated holiday shop—the one stop you’ll need before finding the perfect festive ensemble. The holidays are fast approaching, so don’t wait to grab your favorite outfit before you fall into a sugar cookie coma. (We’ve all been there, right?)

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It also helps to be a little strategic when searching for your own winning dress (or three). Keep an eye out for frocks you can wear for the next year as well as during the holidays. If you can wear the dress to a wedding, bachelorette party or even a dressy date night out as well as your annual Christmas Eve party, you’ve probably got a winner. Look for unique textures and flattering silhouettes for looks you can wear over and over again without getting sick of them.

Below, you’ll find holiday dresses sure to see you through the entire season—and beyond. We won’t blame you if you end up buying more than one.

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Image: Forever 21.

Image: Forever 21.

Sweater-Knit Midi Dress & Shrug Set

One of the harsh realities of dressing for a holiday party is that it’s cold outside, which requires covering up to stay warm—and that definitely kills the vibe. But not so with this stunning set that’s not only made from cozy ribbed jersey material but comes with a matching suit that’s equal parts chic and functional. What more could you ask for under $30?


Jumper-Kit Midi Dress & Shrug Set $28

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Courtesy of Amy Lynn.

Courtesy of Amy Lynn.

Jamie Ruffle sleeve mini dress

This dress is soiree in the front and party in the back with the oversized statement bow on the back of the dress.


Jamie Ruffle sleeve mini dress $171

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Courtesy of Zara.

Courtesy of Zara.

Short Sequin Dress

This sequin mini dress is sexy and delicate with its sequined overlay. Layer it over tights for any office holiday party or go barefoot for a fun night out.


Short Sequin Dress $69.90

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Courtesy of Eloquii.

Courtesy of Eloquii.

Game Sequin Maxi Dress With Split

The halter neck on this blue sequin dress is glamorous and sophisticated. Since this dress is blue, it could work all year round – it’s available in plus sizes 14-28.


Game Sequin Maxi Dress With Split $159.95

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Courtesy of Burn.

Courtesy of Burn.

Cami dress

There is something extra flirty about a dress with feathers and this option comes in pink or black.


Cami dress $328

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Courtesy of Cocoove.

Courtesy of Cocoove.

Burnt Orange Lullah Halter Satin Maxi Dress

This burnt orange dress has a subtle holiday vibe but will also work year-round.


Lullah burnt orange stop Satin Maxi… $138

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Courtesy of Mango.

Courtesy of Mango.

Satin Camisole Dress

Green is obviously a big color during the holiday season and I love that this slip dress is a unique way to get into the tradition. Pair it with a faux fur coat to spice things up.


Satin Camisole Dress $129.99

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Courtesy of Eloquii.

Courtesy of Eloquii.

Velvet Mini Dress With Wrap Skirt

This green velvet mini dress has subtle sleeves and will be your go-to for every party. It is available in three colors and sizes 14-28.


Velvet Mini Dress With Wrap Skirt $99.95

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Courtesy of ASTR The Label.

Courtesy of ASTR The Label.

Gaia’s dress

This slip dress has a beautiful high-low shape and will shimmer in the evening light.


Gaia’s dress $98

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Courtesy of Camila Coelho.

Courtesy of Camila Coelho.

Dress Mini Cassie

I love the combination of the puff sleeve and open back on the mini green sequin dress.


Dress Mini Cassie $238

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Courtesy of Mango.

Courtesy of Mango.

Paisley Print Dress

This paisley dress has big 90s vibes. Pair it with an oversized blazer and strappy heels.


Paisley Print Dress $129.99

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Courtesy of Atsu.

Courtesy of Atsu.

Atsu Bow Midi Dress

If you want attention, this bright pink dress is for you! It is available in petite, standard and plus sizes and it has pockets.


Atsu Bow Midi Dress $248

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Courtesy of Zara.

Courtesy of Zara.

Voluminous mini dress

This purple mini dress is festive without following a traditional holiday color scheme. It would look great with platform heels.


Voluminous mini dress $119

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Courtesy of Zara.

Courtesy of Zara.

Velvet Dress With Gem Buttons

Velvety is the ultimate holiday fabric and this beautiful blue wrap dress is the epitome of chic.


Velvet Dress With Gem Buttons $59.90

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Courtesy of Michael Costello x Revolve.

Courtesy of Michael Costello x Revolve.

Mr. Gibson Mini Dress

Chocolate brown the wear color this season. All eyes will be on you in this long sleeve dress.


Mr. Gibson Mini Dress $258

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