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, and since Christmas parties weren’t happening on a large scale last year, I’m even more excited about a more normal holiday season this year. Now the time to start shopping for new year’s eve dresses too! I’m not sure what our plans our this year (probably an early bed time after snuggling Thomas), but if you’re making fun plans, the dresses below are sure to be a hit. Even if the only thing on your calendar is an office Christmas party, a fun dress is always a good idea.
I’m publishing this post earlier than I typically do so that you can get a head start on your shopping, and so that you can snag an outfit for Thanksgiving too if you’re shopping for that!
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! Alrighty, continue reading below!
Holiday Cocktail Party Dresses for Christmas & New Year’s Eve
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 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.
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, lace, or sequins vs. just a plain black cocktail dress! You can get away with more daring choices during the holidays and especially for New Year’s Eve parties. 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 dresses will serve you well for years to come. I can’t tell you how often I reach for this dress, even years later. And if you’re attending something extra formal this season, a black ball gown will be a great closet staple for weddings or other black tie events ahead even after December 31st.
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 works especially well for Christmas party dresses since green has become such an on-trend, popular color this year. I’ve also linked a cute jumpsuit below that would be quite the statement, as well as some really fun mini dresses with beading. I’m very into this festive color this year.
Affordable Cocktail Dresses & Accessories
Lulus has a great selection of affordable holiday and Christmas 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, maybe try some embellishments! A seasonal party is the perfect excuse. For accessories, Nordstrom’s accessories section and Baublebar both have a great selection of statement jewelry that’s affordable and, in my experience, both have fast shipping too.
While I wouldn’t wear a cocktail dress for Thanksgiving, I do like to dress up a little! Even if I wear jeans, l’ll wear heeled booties and a cute top, or maybe a sweater. This year, I’ll probably wear this dress. I got it for a wedding this fall and the colors are perfect! I won’t dress it up this much obviously 😉 I’ll wear it with booties like these. If you’re looking for something affordable (that will ship quickly) for Thanksgiving, Amazon has a $30 dress that I have and love!
I’ve linked the rest of my favorite looks for this year.
I think this is the perfect outfit for Thanksgiving at home! Linked here
Happy holidays and have fun celebrating!
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