Affordable party dresses can be the fashion MVP of the holiday season. Between work, family, and friends, you may have five or six (or more!) events on your calendar over the next few weeks. And if the invitation lists overlap, you definitely don’t want to wear the same dress twice.
Shopping hacks for finding affordable party dresses
On the other hand, you probably don’t want to spend $1,000 or more on a collection of holiday party dresses that suit your style standards. To solve that problem, I have a shopping hack that might surprise you.
And I will warn you, it may not sound like a good idea at first. So, please suspend judgment for a few minutes while I explain.
Here’s a shopping hack that can get you in style this holiday party season without blowing your budget: Shop for bridesmaid dresses. This is no joke.
Modern day dresses for bridesmaids are actually quite stylish. Even better, they’re cheaper than department store party dresses. seriously
Read on to see my picks for cute, wearable, and affordable party dresses for all ages You can wear this party budget year and next. Even better, they cost under $105. And, since they come from bridal stores, they are available in a huge range of sizes and colors.
10 Affordable Party Dresses to Love This Year
For the 20-something glam girl
AW Bridal’s Graziosa Dress in Navy Satin will never go out of style. It’s fancy, but very simple. You can dress it up with accessories, or let the dress do all the talking.
If it’s cold, add a faux fur wrap over your shoulders. Or, a lightweight, gray belted trenchcoat can keep you warm on your way to your party destination. Be prepared to turn heads when you slip on that coat.
Asymmetric straps allow for a slight cowl effect on the neckline. It’s beautiful without being over the top.
Dress this number up or down. Wear this winter again in summer. It’s versatile, flattering and super sexy. The dress also has padding and boning, so it’s not flimsy. What more could you ask for in an $89 dress?
For 30-something goddesses
Hello, a New Year’s Eve costume of a lifetime! If you want to show off your sexy arms and shoulders, the burnt gold AW Canoro dress is the perfect choice.
Velvet has such a beautiful texture and is more forgiving than satin. Also, the mermaid shape shows off your curves in a very good way. This, along with a modest open back, will make you feel like a goddess all night long.
This outfit requires no accessories other than your favorite lip color.
The Gigi Jumpsuit has two long, pleated straps that you can use to create your own neckline. Wrap and tuck them for a sleeveless design as shown. Or, experiment with a halter top, a one-shoulder design, a flutter-sleeve look and more. You basically get nine jumpsuits in one.
Use those straps wisely and you won’t need to accessorize this jumpsuit beyond shoes and earrings.
For the 40-something life of the party
Fashionistas over 40, get ready to dazzle in outfits that won’t stop you from having fun. The spaghetti straps and scoop neckline highlight your top half in a soft, feminine way. Add a flowy, A-line skirt with a high slit and the party can come to you.
A dainty pendant necklace and nude, heeled sandals will complement this outfit beautifully.
Join the likes of Katy Perry, Emmy Rossum, Tiffany Haddish and Anne Hathaway — fashion icons who love the formality of one-shoulder, floor-length gowns. A body hugging shape, accentuated by a high slit and beautiful pleating at the shoulders in a very good way.
Also, this dress is made of a stretchy crepe. That means you can have your fun on the dance floor without the risk of popped seams or oxygen deprivation.
For the 50-something diva
Three-quarter length bell sleeves, belted waist, and deep V-neck combine to make this elegant jumpsuit a statement maker. Wear your best bra and show the girls, just because you can. Except for the neckline, this jumpsuit drapes modestly and beautifully. This makes it a nice choice when you don’t want to participate in the how-much-skin-I-show contest that sometimes happens at holiday parties.
The embossed floral pattern on this gorgeous navy dress sets it apart from other bridal options. Draped, three-quarter length sleeves and a high-low hem add interest, while the fitted waist with sash and bold neckline show off your curves.
Expect to float around the party circuit like the diva you are in this elegant dress.
For 60-something knockouts
You don’t have to reveal anything to be a knockout in this outfit. The tie-front design, flared sleeves, body-hugging skirt and scalloped hem combined with a flirty vibe are sure to make you feel bold and confident.
Wear the burgundy AW Elspeth dress with your best earrings, a chic bracelet and gun metal gray strappy shoes.
Ruffle sleeves and neckline subtly camouflage the shoulders and draw the eye. Ties at the waist and fuller skirts provide just the right amount of shape. And the chiffon construction has a floating femininity that is hard to beat.
Wear your best pendant and delicate drop earrings with this outfit. A sandal with a kitten heel can anchor your beautiful party look.
Party on women
meet? You can find affordable party dresses in your favorite bridal department, around $100 a piece. That sure beats the cost of a label at Nordstrom two or three times.