Top 20 Party Dresses for the Season

'Tis the season for holiday parties, New Year's Eve soirees, and unabashed dressing to impress. Here, our top 20 picks for the season, starting at just $75.

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'Tis the season for holiday parties, New Year's Eve soirees, and unabashed dressing to impress. Here, our top 20 picks for the season, starting at just $75.
This Diane von Furstenberg strapless dress takes a cue from the holiday themes -- pine green, for example -- and gives it a twist with subtle, zebra-like stripes. ($398,
Thread Social has made a name for itself by making incredibly flattering party dresses that are universally flattering: this cinched waist and full skirt are seriously slimming, while the asymmetrical shoulder makes quite a statement. ($495,
Rebecca Taylor's "Socialite" dress takes one of the season's most on-trend looks -- a strong shouldered mini -- and gives it a softer feel in pale silvery-gray. ($295,
Opening Ceremony
Nothing says "party" quite like a skirt full of fringe -- imagine how this Toga dress would look spinning on the dance floor! ($660, Opening Ceremony)
If you like the idea of fringe but are looking for something more subtle, Vena Cava's silver fringe bedecked sheath is the ideal solution. And it's on sale! ($369, marked down from $495, Bird Boutique)
We have it confirmed that this style sold out almost instantly at the 3.1 Phillip Lim store in Soho, and we can see why -- the mix of studs and flattering draping give it a tough-yet-goddess-y vibe. ($675, Otte New York)
Behold, our fantasy New Year's ensemble: all wrapped up in this navy sequin Alexander Wang dress. It's so stunning, it'd be a shame to even cover it with a coat. ($895,
Creatures of Comfort
Velvet has been a huge trend this season, and this silver version from Surface to Air feels like cool, festive alternative to the conventional black or navy. ($412.50, Creatures of Comfort)
For those looking for a dress with triple-threat appeal (work event, holiday party, New Year's Eve shindig), you can do no wrong with one of the season's LBDs. This Topshop version has a chic, Audrey Hepburn sensibility (for not a lot of dough): Classy it up with pearls or add a sequin blazer for a more festive look. ($100,
For something with a bit more edge, for for this 3.1 Phillip Lim curve-hugging black dress with subtle gold studs running down the sides. ($625,
This Anthropologie style has a sexy, retro look between the cascading layers and the sheer shoulders. ($188,
Pixie Market
If you dig the Anthroplogie version, but are looking for something with a bit more playfulness, we'd vote for this MMM figure skater-inspired piece, complete with flouncy skirt and mesh top. ($147, Pixie Market)
This simple Madison Marcus t-shirt dress has the flirtiest fringe trim at the hem -- it's just enough to feel party-ready, but not so much that it seems over-the-top. ($260,
Kimberly Ovitz
If you're looking for sex appeal, this Kimberly Ovitz cut-out dress simply can't be beat. We love how the front is simple and modern, but then you turn around to reveal this incredibly alluring back. ($498, Castor & Pollux)
Neutrals have been shaping up to be a huge trend this season, and nothing's as breathtakingly simple as Acne's pared-down dresses, especially this angelic nude one-shoulder option. ($269, Acne Studios
If you're digging the idea of wearing something with a neutral base, but would rather spend the extra dough on something with a bit more "oomph," this 3.1 Phillip Lim dress takes the same look to task, but this time with sequins. ($895,
Something about this space print is positively transfixing: It's the perfect wintry alternative to spring's colorful florals. ($145,
Pixie Market
Who needs a statement necklace when you have a simple dress with this much intricate adornment? It's a dress and accessories in one, all for less than $100. ($75, Pixie Market)
Bona Drag
Some might love a sweet, short dress, but we're growing to love the idea of wearing long dresses to parties -- there's something so effortlessly glamorous about it. This Lindsey Thornberg dress is sleek and minimal, rendered in a warm red color with a black burnout velvet pattern. ($300,
If the maxi dress option appeals to you, Topshop has an excellent printed option that expertly combines a lush floral pattern with a black lace neckline -- all for under $200. ($160,
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