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Glam Formal Dresses That Won't Blow Your Entire Holiday Budget

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    If you make just one purchase this holiday season (aside from the string of gifts you're exchanging with friends and family), let it be the perfect party dress that will dazzle at any occasion, from school formals to hometown reunions, dressed up or dressed down, and even dressed to the nines on New Year’s Eve. Formal dresses shouldn't look stuffy, or cost the equivalent of a plate at a charity dinner — and remember, they need to be just as easy to move in as they are parent-appropriate.

    With this in mind, we rounded up an array of dresses so pretty, we started twirling just looking at them. From fanciful sparkles to luxurious velvet, these festive frocks will leave you with plenty of pocket change to last well through winter break.

    Photo: Courtesy of Nasty Gal

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