It’s officially the holidays, which means parties—lots of them. From work soirees to celebrating with friends, the festive season calls for dresses that are a bit more memorable than our usual lineup. Thus, we look to stunners laden with sequins, satin, velvet and flirty details that end the year on a high note. And because you’ll be spending your hard-earned dough on gifts, finding a frock that’s gentle on your bank account is a priority. To help you out we’ve gathered 15 options that only look expensive. Whether you’re seeking an elegant midi or a sexy mini, shop our editor-approved selects to wow at your next fete.
Affordable Party Dresses
This glittery mini with cowl-neck detailing is simply sultry. Wear with barely there ankle-strap heels.
H&M Fitted Dress, $13
A printed high-neck midi offers coverage without looking frumpy.
Asos Chinoiserie-Print Maxi Tea Dress, $48
Make a statement in a sequin-paneled column design to wholeheartedly embrace the festive mood. Style with slouchy boots for a fashion-girl effect.
Zara Striped Sequined Dress, $50
This sunny maxi is giving us summer vibes and we're all for it. Stand out in the bright hue and wear it again once temperatures rise.
Nasty Gal Long-Term Maxi Dress, $50
Puffed shoulders lend '80s vibes, but the modern silhouette and luxe satin rendition make it of-the-moment.
Mango Puffed-Shoulder Satin Dress, $60
The sweetheart neckline, gathered sleeves and dark green velvet are utterly romantic.
Topshop Sweetheart-Neck Velvet Bodycon Dress, $68
Can't get enough of velvet? This regal maxi is elegant, luxe and timeless.
Lulus Sorceress Velvet Maxi Dress, $68
Opt for a more interesting iteration of the LBD with this bustier option with feminine frills.
Lost Ink Frill Bust Bodycon Dress, $69
The fluted shape is flattering on anyone. Style with a loose chignon for an amorous feel.
Missguided Lace Fishtail-Hem Midi Dress, $79
A frock with ruffles that spill over the shoulders is never not gorgeous. Statement ear baubles amp up the glamorous look.
Urban Outfitters Long Sleeve Velvet Maxi Dress, $79
The edgy corset bodice gives the flowy shape structure and definition.
Article& Gwen Corset Dress, $88
A head-turning red mini with cutout shoulders and cascading frills is bound to be a showstopper at the party.
Want sparkle but don't want to go dramatic? This mock-neck, long-sleeved dress is both modest and glitzy.
Warehouse Crystal Glitter Midi Dress, $93
Peekaboo shoulders, ties, a high-low hem and hint of shine make this dress an editor favorite.
& Other Stories Velour Cutout Dress, $95
You can't go wrong with a wrap dress and a gorgeous gray shade in velvet is unexpected and elevated.