Affordable Holiday Party Dresses

   Black long sleeve holiday dress with gold clutch

Who has a holiday party coming up? I know, Christmas is still 40 days away, but the holiday parties always start weeks before Santa comes to town. I actually had my first holiday party last Thursday, so I know I’m not the only one who is getting ready to celebrate. I’m guessing I’m also not the only one trying to figure out what to wear. My husband’s work holiday party in a couple weeks, and I already have my outfit all figured out. Yeah, I’m a planner.

Kate Spade gold glitter clutch

I bought this dress about a week and a half ago during the Nordstrom fall clearance sale. Unfortunately, it sold out quickly (it was only $28!!), but I know why. It is the perfect holiday party look. I love the long sleeves (most of us aren’t sporting a tan in December), the crochet detail gives it something interesting, and it looks super cute with black booties. I could easily wear this with black tights, and I love it with my Kate Spade gold glitter clutch and other gold jewelry. And I know I’ll definitely wear this one again!

Black long sleeve holiday dress with gold clutch  Black holiday dress with gold clutch

Black Holiday Dress with Booties Crochet detail lace cold shoulder dress

Since I know holiday parties go from fancy to super casual, I found a bunch of options to help everyone find the perfect holiday party dress within your budget.

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Womens Lace Black Cold Shoulder Dress

Even though my exact dress isn’t available, this lace cold shoulder dress from Target is very similar. I LOVE the lace, the bell sleeves and the price. It is only $27.99 and it ships free. I’m not sure if it is available in stores, but this one is worth attempting to buy online. Super cute.

Long sleeve lace trim shift dress from Nordstrom

If the full lace look isn’t for you, maybe try this lace trim shift dress from Nordstrom. Shift dresses are perfect for the holidays since are forgiving on all body types (hello, holiday cookies). It is also on sale for $37.90.

A Line Black Sequin Dress

I know there are plenty of companies out there who still host the uber fancy cocktail parties each year. Those are tough because I’m guessing most of us don’t have a closet full of sequin dresses lying around. And if you do, you likely wore that sequin dress last year and can’t re-wear again this year. I like this black sequin dress from Nordstrom, and it is only $40.80. The best part is you can absolutely re-wear this one for New Years Eve!

Halter trapeze dress from Nordstrom redHalter trapeze dress from Nordstrom black

I know it’s cliche, but I do love a red dress around the holidays. There is something about red that feels fun and festive. This halter trapeze dress is only $43.20 and is also available for black. But seriously, consider the red. How cute would this one look with a plaid blanket scarf on top?!

J Crew Factory gold metallic dot jacquard dress

I know this dress would not fit my body type well, but I absolute adore it for those of you with the super skinny waist. How cute is the gold metallic jacquard print? This is perfectly festive for any holiday event.


Those of you who already follow me on Instagram got a sneak peak into my first holiday party this past Thursday. I attended a blogger party at Kendra Scott where each of us got to design a free (yes, FREE!) piece of jewelry of our choosing. It was pretty much my ideal party. It wasn’t super fancy, although we did enjoy cupcakes and wine while browsing the baubles. I wore this red plaid Target dress, which has the absolute cutest gingham detail on the inside trim. Some of you may remember this dress from last week’s mad for plaid dresses post, where I let you guys know I found it on clearance for only $13! This is seriously the perfect dress for a casual party or even just a holiday event with family. I’ll be wearing this one again over the next 40 days or so.

   Tory Burch gold metallic leather envelope clutch Rebecca Minkoff Leo Silver Envelope Clutch Rebecca Minkoff Leo Black Envelope Clutch

I didn’t do a full overview of holiday party accessories, but I couldn’t resist mentioning my gold Kate Spade glitter clutch in the pictures at the top. It isn’t the most practical piece in my closet, but it is such a statement piece. I probably only get to use it a couple times each year, but I know I’ll have this bag forever. I couldn’t find my exact clutch online, but I found a couple similar options. This metallic Tory Burch clutch is absolutely a splurge, but again, you’ll use this bag for years to come. I also love the Rebecca Minkoff glitter envelope clutch option, which is available in silver and black. Any of these are such statement pieces and are the perfect way to dress up any little black dress.

Are you ready for your holiday party? Where is yours being held this year?



    • Thanks girl! The clutch is perfect for holidays parties and New Years. Have a great day!

  1. I’m so ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas (:. I’m attending a more casual holiday party so I’ll wear a long sleeve dark green flowy dress with a blanket scar f 🙂 I love plaid too

    • I love that gold V Neck dress. The gold dots are so cute. Have a great day!

    • I wish I had more parties to go to so I could buy another! Haha. Thanks girl!

  2. These dresses are adorable! I love them all! Holiday season is my favorite and I just love dressing up! I purchased a New Years Eve dress last year but was unable to wear it due to flying back to the Netherlands that day/night. I cannot wait to wear it this year! The clutch is fantastic as well!

    • Isn’t it the best when you have an opportunity to wear something that has been taking up space in your closet?! Enjoy the party!

    • Don’t they go so well together? Thanks so much for the sweet words!

    • Exactly! I hate wearing things where I’ll be uncomfortable all night. Have a great day!

  3. Cute dresses! It gets so cold here so I don’t get to enjoy short dresses for our Christmas get togethers (I hate being cold lol) but can see wearing some of these year round!

    • Tights and boots are always a good option with dresses if it is cold out. Happy holidays!

  4. That dress is SO cute! I love the cold shoulders and the pretty crochet detailing! What a great round up of dresses. I’ve been eyeing those sequin envelope clutches!

    xo Ashley

  5. This is such a cute collection of holiday dresses you’ve put together. I am especially loving the Gold Metallic Jacquard dress, which would be perfect for New Years!

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