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.
Make a statement in a sequin-paneled column design to wholeheartedly embrace the festive mood. Style with slouchy boots for a fashion-girl effect.
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.
Puffed shoulders lend '80s vibes, but the modern silhouette and luxe satin rendition make it of-the-moment.
The sweetheart neckline, gathered sleeves and dark green velvet are utterly romantic.
Can't get enough of velvet? This regal maxi is elegant, luxe and timeless.
Opt for a more interesting iteration of the LBD with this bustier option with feminine frills.
The fluted shape is flattering on anyone. Style with a loose chignon for an amorous feel.
A frock with ruffles that spill over the shoulders is never not gorgeous. Statement ear baubles amp up the glamorous look.
The edgy corset bodice gives the flowy shape structure and definition.
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.
Peekaboo shoulders, ties, a high-low hem and hint of shine make this dress an editor favorite.
You can't go wrong with a wrap dress and a gorgeous gray shade in velvet is unexpected and elevated.