No need for ugly Christmas sweaters this year.
Parties present the perfect excuse to let your hair down between the gift-buying, work-prepping, crowd-maneuvering holiday hustle (not to mention lay down the yoga pants in favor of something less-stretchy, more sparkly).
To ensure you don’t miss (or become even more stressed) out due to lack of the time or funds typically spent on hunting down an ensemble as grand as the occasion at hand, we went ahead and styled eight no-fuss pairings to meet all of your partying needs. The best part? Each look is only three clicks away, and can be purchased for $100 or less. (All you have to do is show up to collect the compliments.)
1. In Full Swing
Perfect for party hopping, the flowy fit of this versatile Forever 21 Plated-Collar Trapeze Dress, $23, makes it a flattering pick no matter your body type. Even better, it comes complete with a built-in necklace so you can check that off your list and swap in this ASOS Oil Slick Foldover Clutch Bag, $34, wrapping up your look with the equally foiled DailyLook Simple Strap Heels in Gold, $40.
Total Damage: $97
2. Cut for Fun
Great for girls' night out, the full skirt on this Charlotte Russe Sparkly Racer Front Cut-Out Dress, $30, makes it prime for letting loose on the dance floor. Wear it to the party boasting the best DJ, or pull a BYOP (Bring Your Own Party, that is) and rock it to the club. While the model in this photo is sporting a necklace, the high neckline and leather detailing on this dress render it unnecessary. We suggest you let these equally playful Journee Collection Women’s Round Toe Platform Pumps, $37, and Sexy Women Lip Clutch Chain Shoulder Bag, $18, do the rest of the talking.
Total Damage: $85
3. Velvet Crush
The neckline of this ASOS Velvet Skater Dress with Lace Panel Detail, $72, is conservative enough for your family or office party, and the back just-revealing-enough to wear with your guy to his. These Missguided Alice T-Bar Flat Pointed Shoes, $25, and this Forever 21 Bauble Stud Set, $3, will help you keep up the innocent facade (at least until you get home).
Total Damage: $98
4. Sheer Seduction
Planning for an intimate party of two? Look fancy-dinner-appropriate, while keeping him guessing, with this Go Jane Race Is On Bodycon Dress, now $20. We suggest keeping the accessories simple with these Wild Diva Lounge Adele 94 Black Snakeskin Ankle Strap Heels, $22, and this Lulu’s You Got a Point Black Clutch, $31 (he’ll be distracted enough as it is).
Total Damage: $73
5. Goddess in Green
Perhaps most anxiety inducing (especially when it comes to those wallet strings) of holiday parties is the formal affair. Ensure you come out winning by scooping up this glamorous Lulu's Exclusive Royal Engagement Strapless Dark Green Maxi Dress, $68, and adding a few hints of sparkle with these Michael Antonio Jes Heels, $28, and this Forever 21 Faux Rhinestone & Pearl Jewelry Set, $4.
Total Damage: $100
6. Sophisticated Romp
If you're not big on dresses, or are just looking for a change of pace, opt for this H&M Sleeveless Jumpsuit, $35, which oozes creative cool and proves the perfect fit for parties held by your company or any clients. Just add these funky H&M Velvet Pumps, $50, and this Slim 'N Thin Metal Plate Belt, $4, and consider your portfolio complete.
Total Damage: $89
7. Sweet Illusion
This beautifully-embroidered Alluring Plunging Neck Sleeveless Spliced Hollow Out Dress, $31, is all about the details (much thanks to a sheer underlay working behind the seams). Save it for a party that’s sure to attract a fashion-forward crowd, and add an unexpected pop of color with these ASOS New Look Sole Blue Heeled Pumps, $38, and this BMC Hard Shell Royal Blue Plastic Envelope Style Fashion Evening Handbag Clutch, $18.
Total Damage: $87
8. Tinsel Town
When it comes to partying, nothing says you mean (the fun kind of) business like an eye-catching metallic. This Charlotte Russe Strapless Metallic Skater Dress, $33, features a peek-a-boo back with elastic bands for added intrigue and comfort. Complete your look with these Vogue Clever Edge Pumps, $31, and this Gum Drop Strand, $36, for a night you won’t forget.
Total Damage: $100