˜Tis the season for celebration! It seems that this time of year is packed with more parties, events, gatherings and shindigs than we can shake a stick at. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year we find ourselves spending more than we should. Between holiday get-togethers and buying gifts for friends and family (and, let’s be honest, ourselves), every girl could use some help finding the perfect dress that won’t break the bank. Here are our top picks for every occasion. And the best part is, they’re all under $100, so go ahead and shop ˜til you drop!
Work Holiday Party
Whether you work in a corporate office or someplace more casual, the work party is not the time to show off your inner sex kitten. So leave the cleavage-baring bandage dresses and stripper heels at the club. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to dressing for a work event because you don’t want to be the girl who accidentally flashes the boss when you bend over to grab a drink form the punch bowl. Remember: if you have to ask if something is too sexy for the work party, then it probably is. Here are some fabulous options that will keep you looking gorgeous and tasteful (and won’t get you in trouble with HR).
High Neck Flocked Skater Dress, $96 (approx.), Topshop
Embellished Ottoman Sheath Dress, $27.80, Forever 21
Jacquard Floral Cutout Dress, $29.80, Forever 21
Sparkle Babs Sleeveless Dress, $99.99, French Connection
Holiday Party with Friends
Spending time with friends is one of our favourite parts of the holiday season. There is nothing better than cutting loose with your BFFs and tearing it up on the dance floor or piling into someone’s home for a casual potluck eat-a-thon. What you choose to wear is totally dependant on the festive activity, but hanging with friends is a great time to showcase your fabulous personal style (and no one will judge you for having a bit too much eggnog and serenading the crowd with your best All I Want For Christmas Is You).
Cardiff Cutout Dress, $90.24, LNA
Davion Metallic Jersey Dress, $79.99, BB Dakota
Heart Cutout Back Dress, $49, Urban Outfitters
Velvet Long Sleeve Mini Dress, $52, American Apparel
The family gathering, much like the work party, is not the time to show how great you look in a thigh-skimming mini. And Grandma certainly doesn’t want to see your goodies when she’s baking gingerbread cookies. Opt for a looser silhouette and a slightly longer hemline and add some sparkly jewels to keep your look festive and respectful.
Silence & Noise Nigh Sky Dress, $49, Urban Outfitters
Kimchi Blue Long-Sleeved Velvet Circle Dress, $59, Urban Outfitters
Black Dress, $59.95, H&M
Cornflower Blue Dress, $29.95, H&M
New Year’s Eve
Toss that little black dress aside! New Year’s Eve is the one night of the year where it seems that everyone goes sequin-crazy. So when you get dressed, think more is more and add another cocktail ring or an even higher heel. This night only comes once a year and on January first you have to start on those New Year’s resolutions, so have another drink and shake and shimmy your way into 2013.
Star Glitter Velvet Bodycon Dress, $61 (approx.), Topshop
Seamless Lurex Slip Dress, $38.97, Free People
Sequined Diamond Pattern Dress, $27.80, Forever 21
Let’s Hang On Dress, $86.86, findersKEEPERS