Holiday parties, office happy hours, and NYE bashes mean one thing: you'd better have a good outfit picked out. When the pressure is on for something festive, we're helping you deliver the best you've got with 23 dresses fit for any holiday occasion. The best part? None of these frocks rings in over $150 — so you can still stock up on those holiday gifts you need. From red-hot numbers to ladylike lace, shop our top 23 dress finds before they sell out fast.
Hunting for the perfect sexy dress can leave a girl feeling a little like Goldilocks — this neckline's too low, that hemline's too high, and this one's too tight! If any of these woes sound familiar, we have to ask: have you considered going backless?
The sexy style is sultry and flashes just the right amount of skin. Case in point: Hayden Panettiere's Bec & Bridge dress at the (RED) auction over the weekend, which complemented the sheer neckline with a dramatic cutout on the back. It's quickly becoming our favorite way to bring the element of surprise into a holiday party outfit. Want to show a little less skin than Hayden? Some of our favorite options, included here, look downright demure from the front.
Chances are, you own more than one (or two) black dresses — chic, eternally classic, and practical for all manners of engagements, they've won a richly deserved spot in every woman's wardrobe. Still, even our jaded fashion eyes were pleased to see the embellished spin Hilary Swank put on the style at an amfAR event in India. The sleek Giorgio Armani column gown had an inverted design on the chest that glittered seductively with a feeling of fierce armor. Obsessed. See a full-length shot and shop similar styles below.
Can we talk about Miranda Kerr's amazing fashion sense? It's no secret Miranda has solidified herself in the street style hall of fame, but the Australian beauty has also mastered the art of turning up the heat on the red carpet. Showcasing her flawless figure in body-hugging creations, high-shine minidresses, and carefully cutout gowns, Miranda's penchant for sexy silhouettes – like her latest Michael Kors number – makes her a red carpet favorite. To be fair, she doesn't always opt for seductive styles, as evidenced by the ethereal, embellished Valentino confection she wore at this year's Oscars party. Whether she's channeling a '50s pinup or a Grecian goddess, it's clear Miranda's style savvy knows no limits, so let's celebrate the fashion maven with a look back at her best red carpet moments yet.
The piece: Madewell Shimmer T-Shirt Dress
The price: $158
Why we want it: Once November hits, we're officially on holiday dress watch. And while a stop-and-stare, backless, and bedazzled number always scores points on New Year's Eve, you need something a little more subtle for the office holiday parties, family dinners, and other festive (but not full-blown) parties that are coming your way. Enter this minimalist cut and cool blue shimmer — a welcome departure from all the seasonal red and green. Add black tights and booties, or dress it up with metallic heels and a sleek clutch — either way, it's the dress that says I came to party without resorting to tinsel . . . or that ugly Christmas sweater.
Flirt a little in Fall's new It dress: the fit-and-flare frock. Perfect for your next hot date, cocktail party, or lunch with the girls, our flattering options for the season are sure to add a timelessly feminine touch to your look. Perk up your Fall palette in playful patterns from Valentino, Anthopologie, or Diane von Furstenberg. Or experiment with tweedy options from Carven or Theory for a textural take on the trend. Intrigued? See all of our top-notch editors' picks.
Nobody wants to look inappropriately dressed at a wedding, nobody. But beyond the obvious don't-wear-white rules, there are other issues to contend with. Too short? Too flashy? We've got you covered with 27 of our favorite dresses to wear to any Fall and Winter wedding. Think rich autumnal hues, gorgeous prints, and something for everyone, from the church wedding to your most formal of nuptials. But as we prep for some chillier weather, make sure you complete the look with the right coat or jacket — remember, nothing looks worse than pairing a puffer with a black evening gown! Read on below for more styling tips, then start clicking to shop all of our guest dress picks.
The piece: Stella McCartney x Goop Chalk Dress
The price: $1,195
Why we want it: As much as we were excited for the Stella McCartney x Goop collaboration the first time around, we're ecstatic for a second chance at snagging some of the exclusive, limited-edition pieces! Our favorite? This long-sleeved chalk-white dress, with its elegant silhouette that's slim through the waist but drops into a flattering flare. It's perfect to wear when the weather's still warm enough for bare legs, but only gets better as we enter the holiday party circuit, when we can pair it with tights, knee-high boots, and a festive jacket. Even with its four-digit price tag, it's selling out fast, so don't wait on this one. And if you do, try your hand at the other new addition to the Stella McCartney x Goop lineup: the newly introduced Beckett handbag in black, gray, and an ivory that, dare we say, is this dress's ultimate accessory.
While dresses are probably your little girls' Summer staple, they're just as practical to wear once colder weather hits. We found some absolutely adorable Fall dresses that are perfect to wear from preschool to the park. From Mini Boden, Old Navy, J.Crew, and more, these frocks are as cute as they are comfortable. Keep clicking to find your favorites.
Another stylish UK wedding means another chic look from wedding guest extraordinaire Pippa Middleton. With close ties to the royal family, there's a hint of glamour in everything Pippa does — including the attire she chooses for friends' nuptials. This weekend proved to be no exception, resulting in coordinating ensemble of a blue lace dress and feathered fascinator.
Whether you're waist deep in wedding invites or simply looking for a stylish idea on what to wear to the office next week, Pippa's wedding ensembles are worth a study. See our favorites from the past year here!