Target Sequin Sleeveless Dress
All-over embellishment and elegant details, like a sheer hem, make this dress look more expensive than it is. The wide-set neckline ensures the straps of the dress sit securely over your bra straps, and the sheath-like fit creates a flattering silhouette.
To buy: $70, target.com.
Zara Dress With Central Gathering
Tailored design elements—like a wide waistband and gathered pleats—give this otherwise basic mini more style points. Ready to paint the town red? Pair it with opaque black tights and your favorite statement accessories.
To buy: $70, zara.com.
J. Crew Factory Silver-Dot Jacquard Dress
Delight in this jacquard frock's dotty print. The shimmery silver is festive enough for New Year's Eve soirees, but can easily be dressed down for everyday office-wear come January (think patent flats and a slim-cut blazer).
To buy: $60, factory.jcrew.com.
Modcloth V.I.Pleased Dress
There may be silver and gold decorations everywhere you look, but who says you’re limited to a metallic color palette for holiday dressing? Midnight blue looks sophisticated, and makes a great background for sparkly accessories.
To buy: $80, modcloth.com.
rsvp Anna Feather Trim Dress
Looking for something just a little different? Give your LBD a fete-friendly update with a few well-placed feathers. Style it the way you would any other little black dress, jewelry included—the marabou trim effortlessly takes your whole look up a notch.
To buy: $109, zappos.com.
Chetta B Stripe Metallic Woven Fit & Flare Dress
Set aside any phobias of horizontal lines—a fit-and-flare shape and strategic striping (note how a dark band falls just at the waist’s slimmest point) won’t lead you astray. Glimmering gold adds a little sparkle, while black stripes make a bold, unexpected impression.
To buy: $111, nordstrom.com.
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