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30 Dresses Sure to Slay the Holiday Party

by Caroline Harris

30 Dresses Sure to Slay the Holiday Party
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The holiday season is here. As our calendars brim with festive parties, housewarmings and weddings, it can be difficult choosing what to wear. No matter the occasion, we’ve rounded up the 30 best holiday dresses for every personality and budget.

 

Light up the dance floor in a sparkly fancy dress, or keep it sophisticated in a winter formal dress. You’ll be the chicest at your office party in a long-sleeve formal dress, or be bold and shine with a metallic party dress.

 

Got the urge to splurge on a dress that will have you dripping? Or would you rather opt for a more affordable style that will last you throughout the season? There is a party dress for everyone! Check out our picks from retailers like Nordstrom, Free People, Rebecca Minkoff and more. From classic, black cocktail to animal print styles, start planning the ultimate holiday look for you.

 

1 of 30 Image Credits: Macy's

Best Ruffle

INC Floral-Print Ruffle Dress

Price:$89.50
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This dress is a perfect fit. It’s so flattering. Nearly every person I came into contact with complimented me. I love it.”

2 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Empire Waist

Eliza J Ruffle Puff Sleeve Dress

Price:$168.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This is a gorgeous dress. I got so many compliments. Everyone kept asking me about the dress. The color is beautiful, and I'm a blonde so I think it stood out more. For best fit, go one size up.”

3 of 30 Image Credits: Bloomingdales

Best Floral

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Smocked Waist Dress

Price:$198.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I just bought this dress. I wore it to filth, and the compliments just kept coming. It’s so comfortable and feminine. I’m looking for another one in a different color.”

4 of 30 Image Credits: Rebecca Minkoff

Most Versatile

Rebecca Minkoff Juno Dress

Price:$99.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This dress is the perfect complete outfit. It can be dressed up or down and layered as needed for the weather.”

5 of 30 Image Credits: Free People

Best Velvet

CP Shades Jacey Mini Dress

Price:$268.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I love this dress. I’m short so the length is perfect. It can be dressed up or dressed down, and the plunging neckline is sexy.”

6 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Knit Style

Topshop Turtleneck Sweater Dress

Price:$75.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This dress runs big so I would recommend going down a size or two. It’s very comfortable, cute and flattering.”

7 of 30 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Best Black Cocktail

AQUA Beaded-Sleeve Dress

Price:$228.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“Ladies, this dress is just as it appears in the web photo. I ordered a size larger than usual because I’m very conscious of how I look in fitted garments. It’s stretchy and hugs your curves. You will definitely have to wear proper undergarments for smoothness or do your sit-ups before wearing. You won’t regret it. You're sure to get compliments. I plan to wear this dress to weddings, church and upcoming holiday parties with a pair of classy earrings. I love it!”

8 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Affordable Option

Leith Metallic Wrap Dress

Price:$59.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This dress fits so well! It’s true to size and actually longer than it shows in the picture, which I personally like. I definitely would not consider the dress mini, and I’m 5' 7". You could probably get the dress hemmed if you want a true mini. I love it and can’t wait to wear it during the holiday season. It’s totally worth buying! I have a size small.”

9 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Winter Formal Style

Logan Plunging V-Neck Velvet Gown

Price:$290.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“Wow! This dress is stunning, perfect and gorgeous. I love it. I need not say more.”

10 of 30 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Best Sequin Option

Adrianna Papell Sequined Scoop-Back Gown

Price:$288.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I wore this dress for my son's black-tie wedding held at a beautiful mansion. I felt amazing in this dress. I needed it hemmed just an inch to make it the perfect length. I am 5' 4" and wore a low-heeled shoe in pewter. The train looked magnificent walking down the long church aisle. I received so many compliments, not just from wedding guests, but also from complete strangers in the hotel where the wedding party stayed!”

11 of 30 Image Credits: Rebecca Minkoff

Best Animal Print

Rebecca Minkoff Aston Dress

Price:$198.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“The dress is so beautiful, and the fit is perfect. I wear a size zero and ordered an XXS, and it fit very nice. You can dress it up or down. It’s just very versatile.”

12 of 30 Image Credits: Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Faux Wrap Style

Alice + Olivia Polly Leopard Mini Dress

Price:$330.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This dress is adorable. The shoulder pads are a bit large, but they look removable. It’s a great fit and cut.”

13 of 30 Image Credits: Free People

Best Ruched Style

Intimately All Night Bodycon Slip

Price:$78.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“Usually I'm a size XS or S. I got the S, and it's perfect. The dress is super flattering and comfortable. With the adjustable ruching, it’s like two dresses in one. I’m planning to wear the dress long for business events and short for date nights.”

14 of 30 Image Credits: Rebecca Minkoff

Most Work Appropriate

Rebecca Minkoff Cassandra Dress

Price:$129.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This dress is super comfortable, and it looks amazing.”

15 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Best Satin Option

PAIGE Giovanna Leopard Print Slipdress

Price:$209.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I bought this dress in a size S and XS. It's very flowy so the XS is perfect. I can’t wait to wear this!”

16 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom Rack

Best Plus-Size Black Cocktail Style

Eliza J Ruffled Cap Dress

Price:$34.98
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I wore this dress to a party last night, and it fit like a glove and showed off all my curves while still being classy. I got so many compliments on it as well. On me, it shows more cleavage, but I’m okay with that. It’s comfortable and stretchy, too, with nice fabric.”

17 of 30 Image Credits: Free People

Best Silk Option

Fame and Partners Cara One-Shoulder Micro Mini Dress

Price:$229.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I got this dress for my friend’s wedding, and it is amazing! The fabric is shiny and soft, and the length is good. The dress runs a little small, but luckily it still fits!”

18 of 30 Image Credits: Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Splurge

Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Aleece One-Shoulder Ruffle Sheath

Price:$417.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This classic and sexy dress is a great fit. I love it.”

19 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom Rack

Best Lace Look

NSR Vivi Mini Dress

Price:$46.97
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I really like this dress! It’s super cute and fits great.”

20 of 30 Image Credits: Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Gold Option

Aidan by Aidan Mattox Asymmetric Cocktail Dress

Price:$165.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This dress looks perfect on me. I thought the color looked too bright, but it’s not. The dress looks classic. Plus, the dress matches my shoes, which makes me so happy.”

21 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom Rack

Best Chiffon Option

SL Fashions Tulip Tier Dress

Price:$45.97
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This dress exceeded my expectations. It’s flattering, well-made and would work for different occasions depending on accessories and shoes. The dress arrived nicely packaged with a hanger and a garment bag. It fits true to size.”

22 of 30 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Best Maxi Style

AQUA Off-the-Shoulder Fluted Velvet Gown

Price:$258.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I wrote this beautiful dress to a very formal wedding. It fits perfectly with my body. The dress is so elegant you do not need to wear anything else with it. It really brought out the best in me.”

23 of 30 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Best Midi Style

Aidan by Aidan Mattox Illusion Fit-and-Flare Dress

Price:$195.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This is such a lovely dress. I’m 5' 1". This dress hit a few inches above my ankle on me. This was perfect as I wore the dress to a black-tie wedding. It did not have to be altered. It's super comfortable, forgiving and flattering. This dress accommodated my larger chest, and the back comes up high enough that you can wear a bra. Plus, it has pockets! I would say if you are between two sizes, size down if you don't want to wear a bra and size up if you do.”

24 of 30 Image Credits: Free People

Best Mini Style

Azealia Embellished Slip

Price:$128.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I love this dress. It has enough bling to dress it up for a night out with friends or a date. I purchased it in the 'Athena' color, and it looks great on my brown skin. I chose the color because I can wear it year round. This is exactly what I was looking for. It does run a little big. I purchased it in my normal size, and then had to return it for the next size down. I will be debuting it this evening when my friends and I go out to dinner and a movie.”

25 of 30 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Best Purple

Lauren Ralph Lauren Crossover V-Neck Dress

Price:$145.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“The color and fabric were as shown. The fit and length were perfect.”

26 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom Rack

Best Sparkle

Dress the Population Mini Dress

Price:$99.97
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This is a great-looking dress. The fabric is high-quality with lining and sequin embellishments. I am 5' 2" and 130 lbs, and a size small was a perfect fit. The length is good for those of us who are shorter girls.”

27 of 30 Image Credits: Nordstrom Rack

Best Swing Style

Ali & Jay Doing Big Things Velvet Dress

Price:$39.97
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“I wore this dress for a holiday party, and I received lots of compliments. The color of the dress is exactly as in the picture, and the material is really nice. I am petite, and I ordered the small, which it is fine. But I think extra small would have been better on me.”

28 of 30 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Favorite Fit-and-Flare

Lauren Ralph Lauren Sleeveless Dress

Price:$142.50
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This is a beautiful dress. It’s outstanding quality and very pretty. It's true to size. Sometimes I have to go up to an eight, but in this dress a size six is perfection. I’ve got the dress hanging on my door and I look at it all the time, so obviously I’m looking forward to actually wearing it. Maybe I’ll wear the dress for New Year’s Eve. Happy holidays, everyone.”

29 of 30 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Best Sweetheart Neck Style

French Connection Whisper A-Line Dress

Price:$148.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“The color is vibrant, and the fit is nice. The dress can easily be dressed up or down.”

30 of 30 Image Credits: Bloomingdale's

Best Print

AQUA Luxe Puff-Sleeve Feather Dress

Price:$128.00
What Reviewers Are Saying:

“This dress is very flattering. The puff sleeves and V-neck are a plus.”