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Holiday Cocktail Party Dresses for Christmas & New Year’s

My picks for an affordable holiday cocktail dress + accessories. 

I’m so excited that the holiday season is finally here! I love getting dressed up for holiday parties, even if this year they’re just with a small circle of family. And hey, even if you’re not doing family parties, plan a special date night at home and get dressed up! We gotta get creative this year!

I love finding fun holiday party dresses that can also work for the rest of the year. I’ll show you a few ways I take a dress that I wear year-round and make it more holiday appropriate!

Holiday Cocktail Party Dresses for Christmas & New Year’s

Red Cocktail Dress

I first bought this red dress for a holiday party a few years ago and I’ve worn it for Valentine’s Day, a wedding, and a a cocktail party at a Beautycounter event. To make it more holiday-ish, I’ll add wear bolder gold earrings (like these or these) and carry a very fun, festive clutch (like this). I’m also buying some fun closed toe pumps that will make the entire look more festive. These are pricey but so gorgeous and I’ve wanted them for a few years. These are a little more affordable.

Red Cocktail Dress For New Year's | A Foodie Stays Fit

Dress (similar) | pictured Shoes & Jewelry

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Black Cocktail Dress

If you’re shopping for a black dress for the holidays, I recommend getting something that’s a little more fun with cutouts, an unusual hemline or neckline or with fun fabrics like velvet vs. just a plain black cocktail dress! You can get away with more daring choices during the holidays and especially for New Year’s (socially distant) parties (or even just to celebrate at home with family). And I find I’m more daring in something that’s black vs. a bolder color like red. Red with cutouts may be a little too much for me! My exact dress is six years old but I linked some that I’m eyeing for a holiday look.

With black dresses, I love to wear fun shoes and wear a red lip to make the look more festive. These gorgeous heels would make a simple black dress immediately feel perfect for the holidays. (These are cheaper option). And this is, hands down, the most flattering red lipstick ever. It looks GOOD on everyone and the cooler tone makes teeth look whiter (some reds make them look more yellow which we do NOT want).

Little Black Dress | A Foodie Stays Fit

Similar dress + exact champagne clutch + exact red lipstick

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Green cocktail dress

I also really love dark green for a holiday cocktail dress. It’s so simple to make festive – get a red mani, put on red lipstick, neutral heels and you’re good to go!

Green Cocktail Dress For Christmas | A Foodie Stays Fit

Similar dress | exact heels

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Affordable Cocktail Dresses & Accessories

Asos has a great selection of affordable holiday dresses and Nordstrom has a wide variety of styles and price points. Have a little fun and get something a little more bold this year! It’s the perfect excuse. For accessories, Nordstrom’s holiday accessories section and Baublebar both have a great selection of statement jewelry that’s affordable and, in my experience, both have fast shipping too.

Happy holidays and have fun celebrating, whatever that looks like this year!!!

Other Holiday Cocktail Dress Options

Holiday Party Accessories


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    So pretty and festive! Do you have a link for the black lace dress you’re wearing in the photo with Tommy?

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