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Our 25 perfect party dress picks, starting at just $80. By Christene Barberich & Marjon Carlos

No matter who you are--or even how much you go out--there really is no better thing to shop for than a party dress. A breed all their own, the perfect party dress is always a stunner, but it also has to push the party girl into slightly more daring fashion territory. You're not wearing it every day, so why not take a little chance, right? In our own pursuit of perfect party dresses, we found 15 that fit our list of must-haves: We've got satin, peplums, sequins, ruffles, metallics, and some bold color to contrast all that black you'll be seeing milling around the champagne fountain. Nope...no wallflowers at this season's parties.


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Above, from left: Acne Baroque DF Dress, $969, available at Acne; Miu Miu Zip-Front Bustier Dress, $1,475, available at Net-A-Porter; Kate Moss for TopShop Bandeua Frill Dress, $135, available at TopShop.


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Above, from left: Banana Republic Lace Lady Dress, $175, available at Banana Republic; Lark & Wolff by Steven Alan Bow Party Dress, $98, available at Urban Outfitters; Acne Amazon Dress, $899, available at Acne.


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Above, from left: 3.1 Phillip Lim Trailing Ruffle-front Shift Dress, $695, available at Net-A-Porter; French Connection Tudor Silk Dress, $149.99, available at French Connection; Arynk Strapless Dress, $80, available at Pixie Market.

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Above, from left: Bensoni Flapper Layered, $586, available at La Garçonne; Rendez-Vous by Paul & Joe Sister Flamme Dress, $118, available at Urban Outfitters; Andrea Buzyn Ruffled Collar Dress, $318, available at Oak.


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Above, from left: BCBG V-Neck Drawstring Dress, $278, available at BCBG; Bebe Organza Multi-Layer Dress, $169, available at Bebe; Alexander Wang Best Dress, $375.50 (was $695), available at Shop Bop.


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Above, from left: Marc by Marc Jacobs Trampoline Satin Dress, $460, available at Net-A-Porter; Moschino Cheap & Chic Bow-Front Bustier Dress, $555, available at Net-A-Porter; Play by C. Ronson Jacquard Tunic Dress, $128, available at Urban Outfitters.

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Above, from left: Banana Republic Taffeta Animal-Print Dress, $175, available at Banana Republic; Express Tiered Tube Dress, $98, available at Express; BCBG Max Azria Ruched Cocktail Dress, $199, available at BCBG; DKNY Silk Tank Tiered Dress, $425, available at Net-A-Porter.


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Above, from left: Vintage La Rosa Fringe Dress, $118, available at Nasty Gal; Vintage Velvet Pagoda Sleeve Mini Dress, starting bid $17, available at Thriftwares; Vintage Black Velvet Party Dress, starting bid $69, available at Time's Up Vintage.

Our 25 perfect party dress picks, starting at just $80.