19 Holiday Party Dresses To Help You Outshine Any Light Display

It may be a bit early to hang up your mistletoe, but it's never too soon to start scouring for the perfect holiday attire. As the party calendar fills up and the temperature plummets, we're preparing a dress code of sweet strapless frocks, lush velvet, and maybe even a well-placed ruffled tier for festivity's sake. Whether you're prepared to drop bank on making an epic entrance or want some fiscally responsible glam, we've got you covered. Here's our round-up of ideal cocktail dresses that are sure to make this season's social functions way more than memorable.
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Above, from left: Alexander Wang Matte Jersey Dress with Zippers, $595, available at Opening Ceremony; Thistlepearl Lace Dress, $98, available at Urban Outfitters; Milne Aphrodite Dress, $108, available at Pixie Market.
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Above, from left: Alice + Olivia Black Strapless Mesh Party Dress, $550, available at Bloomingdale's; Christopher Kane for Topshop Rivet Dress, $170, available at Topshop; Opening Ceremony Asymmetrical Wrap Dress, $440, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Above, from left: Topshop Space Strap Frill Dress, $145, available Topshop; Diane Von Furstenberg Velvet Asymmetrical Dress, $300, available at Net-a-Porter; 3.1 Phillip Lim Sequined Silk Wrap Dress, $975, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Above, from left: Jet Black Serious Shoulder Dress, $38, available at Nasty Gal; Kimchi Blue Polka Dot Peplum Dress, $58, available at Urban Outfitters; Jill Stuart Short Strapless Taffeta Party Dress, $228, available at Bloomingdale's.
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Above, from left: Lover Witches Circle Dress, $460, available at Gargyle; Topshop Mirror 2-Tone Sequin Dress, $135, available at Topshop; Topshop Shoulder Pad Dress, $170, available at Topshop; Vena Cava Healer-Nun Dress, $450, available at Gargyle.
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Above, from left: Mink Pink Breathless Dress, $118, available at Chick Downtown; Voom by Joy Han Glamour Asymmetrical Dress, $151, available at Revolve Clothing; Alexander Wang Drapey Sequin Dress, $815, available at La Garçonne.
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