Enough with the ugly sweaters and elf ears! It's time to ditch the Bridget Jones's Diary ensemble and chic up your cocktail game this holiday season (instead, channel, say, Megan Draper from Mad Men). With all the sparkle-stocked stores at our disposal, there's really no excuse for slacking on your going-out look. If you showed up in the same sale-rack "score" as three other girls at last year's office party, now is the time to redeem yourself.
Lucky for you, we've made it easy and narrowed down the best-of-the-best velvet, sparkle, and shine you'll need for your surely packed, end-of-the-year social schedule. Read ahead, and take your pick (or picks, no judgement here) from our ultimate party dress guide. Your mistletoe action just got amped.
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Alice + Olivia Ruched Silk-Blend Crepe and Woven Tweed Dress, $495, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Free People Shimmy Shimmy Party Dress, $198, available at Free People, 99 Spring Street (between Broadway and Mercer streets); 212-226-7497.
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Club Monaco Sadie Dress, $298, available at Club Monaco, 6 West 57th Street (at Fifth Avenue); 212-459-9863.
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AllSaints Restrain Dress, $365, available at AllSaints, 512 Broadway (between Spring and Broome streets); 646-862-1832.
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Madewell Teagarden Dress, $225, available at Madewell, 486 Broadway (at Broome Street); 212-727-2990.
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Juicy Couture Dark Sapphire Winter Lace Dress, $355, available at Stylebop.
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Madison Marcus V-Neck Lace Dress, $329, available at Bloomingdale's, 1000 Third Avenue (at 59th Street); 212-705-2000.
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Pixie Market Organza Lace Dress, $84, available at Pixie Market, 100 Stanton Street (between Ludlow and Orchard streets); 212-253-0953.
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Steven Alan Carolyn Dress, $348, available at Steven Alan, 69 8th Avenue (at West 13th street); 212-242-2677.
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Surface To Air Join Dress, $470, available at Surface To Air, 27 Mercer Street (between Grand and Howard streets); 212-256-0340.
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Shakuhachi Crystallized Dress, $260, available at Urban Outfitters, 2081 Broadway (at 72nd Street); 212-579-3912.
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Zara Pleated Dress with Jewel Collar, $99.90, available at Zara, 580 Broadway (near Prince Street); 212-343-1725.
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Mink Pink Formerly Known As Dress, $106, available at Dear Fieldbinder, 198 Smith Street (between Baltic and Warren streets); Brooklyn; 718-852-3620.
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H&M Dress, $69.95, available at H&M, 558 Broadway (at Prince Street); 212-343-2722.