It’s officially the holiday season, and you know what that means. It means shopping for holiday dresses! This year I have two fancy holiday parties to attend (be still my heart) so I went all out with the dress shopping. I decided to do a full feature on the gamut of holiday dresses available, covering… View Article

The Twelve Party Dresses of Christmas — Part 1

Season: Winter

It’s officially the holiday season, and you know what that means. It means shopping for holiday dresses! This year I have two fancy holiday parties to attend (be still my heart) so I went all out with the dress shopping. I decided to do a full feature on the gamut of holiday dresses available, covering all lengths, fabrics, and colors. The best part? I shopped with a budget in mind; all the dresses featured here are less than $150–many of them significantly less than that. I’ve also provided as much detail as possible to help you select a dress. For sizing purposes, I’m 5’8″ tall, 135 lbs, and usually wear anywhere from a 2-6 in dress sizes.

Enough chatter, lets get to the dresses! I give you: The 12 Party Dresses of Christmas. I hope you have as much fun with this post as I did–because I had a TON of fun shooting this one.

On the 1st day of Christmas
ModCloth gave to me…
a floral sequin dress

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white sequin floral dress ModCloth
silver heels Aldo (similar)

Important Details:

  • Price: $99.99
  • Size I’m Wearing: small
  • Bra Type: strapless
  • Fit: waist hits a bit high on me, so this dress is best on a short frame
  • Wrinkle Care: fabric likes to wrinkle, so a steamer is a requirement
  • Forgiving?: yes – the fit-and-flare shape leaves lots of room for second helpings or extra hors d’euvres
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On the 2nd day of Christmas
ModCloth gave to me…
a green lace strapless dress

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green strapless lace dress ModCloth
gold heels Ivanka Trump* (similar)

* As always, it’s important to me to note that I purchased these pumps long before the 2016 election. I do not support Trump and I am currently boycotting Ivanka’s line.

Important Details:

  • Price: $99.99
  • Size I’m Wearing: small
  • Bra Type: strapless
  • Fit: runs a bit tight, length is average
  • Wrinkle Care: none needed
  • Forgiving?: very – the fit-and-flare shape leaves lots of room for second helpings or extra hors d’euvres
  • Other Details: the bodice has nice boning that holds its shape and there is a layer of stiff tulle sewn into the lining that gives this dress a lot of flare
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On the 3rd day of Christmas
ModCloth gave to me…
a mint tulle floofy dress

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mint tulle dress ModCloth
black heels Forever 21 (similar)

Important Details:

  • Price: $69.99
  • Size I’m Wearing: small
  • Bra Type: strapless
  • Fit: runs a short
  • Wrinkle Care: the tulle tends to wrinkle so a steamer is needed
  • Forgiving?: very – the fit-and-flare shape leaves lots of room for second helpings or extra hors d’euvres
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On the 4th day of Christmas
ModCloth gave to me…
a silver sequin dress

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silver sequin dress ModCloth
silver heels Aldo (similar)

Important Details:

  • Price: $71.99
  • Size I’m Wearing: small
  • Bra Type: regular
  • Fit: runs a bit long
  • Wrinkle Care: the tulle tends to wrinkle so a steamer is needed
  • Forgiving?: moderate – this dress isn’t super tight, but it doesn’t flare at the waist either
  • Other Details: This dress has two layers – a top layer with sequins and a lining layer. They look a bit see-through upon close inspection, but if you wear it with nude underwear it looks just fine.
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On the 5th day of Christmas
Nordstrom gave to me…
gold beads and sequins!

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gold flapper dress Nordstrom
nude pumps BCBGeneration (similar)

Important Details:

  • Price: $148
  • Size I’m Wearing: 2
  • Bra Type: regular
  • Fit: runs a bit large, particularly in the waist
  • Wrinkle Care: none need
  • Forgiving?: moderate – this dress isn’t super tight, but it doesn’t flare at the waist either
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On the 6th day of Christmas
Nordstrom gave to me…
a red lace strapless dress

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red lace strapless dress Nordstrom
gold pumps Ivanka Trump (similar)

Important Details:

  • Price: $108
  • Size I’m Wearing: small
  • Bra Type: strapless
  • Fit: true to size
  • Wrinkle Care: none need
  • Forgiving?: no – this dress is tight in the waist
  • Other Details: This dress has a nice high-low effect between the front and the back that makes it just long enough for work parties but short enough to be sexy
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Be sure to check back on Tuesday for Part 2 of The Twelve Party Dresses of Christmas, which has all kinds of gowns and fancy dresses for black tie parties.

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3 Comments and Pingbacks for The Twelve Party Dresses of Christmas — Part 1.

  1. Be sure and let us know which ones you pick. I have a couple of favorites I’m betting on !

    candy on November 28, 2016   /   Reply
    • I posted the ones I picked in Part 2, for anyone who is curious! :)

      Joules on November 30, 2016   /   Reply
  2. I love all of your Christmas Party Dresses but if I have to pick one outfit I would pick outfit #4 the Silver Sequin Dress with the silver high heel sandals.

    TAMMY on December 12, 2016   /   Reply