These Fashion Editor-approved holiday party dresses have major character energy and won’t break the bank

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and not just because we get to experience all the beautiful lights, delicious food, and quality time with family. These are definitely some of the best aspects of the season, but something like that Really what excites us about the holidays is the dresses. However, finding the best party dresses for the season isn’t always easy. There are so many retailers pushing holiday dresses that they feel cheesy instead of unique. It can be hard to top it all and hit the golden holiday dress! Whether you need something to wear to a cocktail party with friends, your family’s annual soiree, or your last-minute NYE bash, our fashion team has your back with the options below.

To give you a little break during this busy season, we’ve scoured all your favorite retailers to find the cutest holiday dresses out there. Think of it as your curated holiday shop—the one stop you need to find the perfect holiday ensemble. The holidays are approaching ridiculously fast, so don’t wait to pull out your favorite dress before you’re in 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). Look out for dresses that you can wear next year, except for the holidays. If you can wear the dress to a wedding, a bachelor party, or even a night out, as well as your annual Christmas Eve party, you’ve probably found a winner. Look for unique textures and flattering silhouettes for looks you can wear again and again without getting tired of them.

Below, you’ll find holiday dresses that are sure to see you through the 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.

Midi Dress & Knitted Sweater Set

One of the harsh realities about dressing for holiday parties is that it’s cold outside, which requires covering up to stay warm—and that inevitably kills the vibe. But that’s not the case with this genius set that’s not only made from a warm ribbed pullover material, but comes with a matching shrug that’s just as stylish as it is functional. What more could you ask for under $30?


Sweater-Kit Midi Dress & Shoulder 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 at the back of the dress.


Jamie Ruffle Sleeve Mini Dress $171

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Courtesy of Zara.

Courtesy of Zara.

Short dress with sequins

This sequined mini dress is both sexy and delicate with its sheer sequin overlay. Layer it over tights for any holiday party at the office, or go bare-leg for a fun night out.


Short dress with sequins $69.90

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Courtesy of Eloquii.

Courtesy of Eloquii.

Maxi Dress Sequins with Tear

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


Maxi Dress Sequins with Tear $159.95

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Courtesy of the possible.

Courtesy of the possible.

Cami Dress

There’s something extra flirty about a dress with wings 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.


Burnt Orange Flower Halter 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 follow the tradition. Pair it with a faux fur coat to amp 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 a subtle puff sleeve and will be a favorite at any party. 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 dress

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


Gaia dress $98

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Courtesy of Camila Coelho.

Courtesy of Camila Coelho.

Cassie mini dress

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


Cassie mini dress $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 like attention, this hot 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 amazing with platform heels.


Voluminous Mini Dress $119

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Courtesy of Zara.

Courtesy of Zara.

Velvet dress with jewel buttons

Velvet is the ultimate festive fabric and this beautiful blue wrap dress is the epitome of chic.


Velvet dress with jewel buttons $59.90

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Courtesy of Michael Costello x Revolve.

Courtesy of Michael Costello x Revolve.

Mr. Mini Dress Gibson

It’s chocolate brown The color to wear this season. All eyes will be on you in this long sleeve dress.


Mr. Mini Dress Gibson $258

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