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Affordable Yet Elegant Dresses to Wear to a Christmas Party

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It’s true what they say- it’s the most wonderful time of the year! And I’m not just talking about the fashion, but that sure does play into it. It’s not every day we have a great excuse to dress up and wear all the sequins that our hearts desire. Yet, as much as we want to look festive for the season, we don’t want to blow our budget on 1 fancy dress or look more decorated than our Christmas tree.

Elegant and sophisticated is still the goal. There are many ways to get into the Christmas spirit, but finding the right dresses that can achieve all that is a surefire way to speed up the process! From velvet to lace, festive colors to moody hues, here are some of the best dresses to wear to a Christmas party that are not only easy on your budget but are elegant too.

When it comes to dresses to wear to a Christmas party, I love using the dresses that already exist in our closets. Not only are we maximizing our wardrobe by using a dress for the office, corporate events, party season, church, and more, but we are saving money by not having to buy a new dress for all the extra formal events this year!

So when it comes to classic and elegant Christmas dresses using what you may already have in your wardrobe, you can never go wrong with a little black dress and a slip dress.

Always “in”, classy, and extremely versatile, these are the dresses that you can wear for work, play, special events, and more, all with a little different styling!

Little Black Dress

A classic LBD is an ideal choice. This dress is a steal at just under $24. This silhouette is classic and feminine, without revealing too much, allowing it to work for a myriad of occasions. It’s comfortable and has a little bit of stretch, yet keeps its shape too.

For Christmas time, it would look fabulous with high heels, a red lip, diamond earrings, and a classy clutch.

For New Year’s Eve, add lots of glam. You could pair it with statement shoes, a statement necklace or earrings, and a bold lip.

Short dresses make great cocktail dresses too, should you have a cocktail party on your calendar soon.

When it’s not being worn to a holiday party, this dress would look great with heels and a blazer for work or white sneakers and a boxy cardigan for play.

Black Slip Dress

If you’re not wanting to spend all your money on one elegant dress that you’ll just wear once, then a slip dress is the top pick for you! Not only does a slip dress work perfectly for the festive season, but you can wear it year-round and style it in different ways. For spring and summer slip dress styling ideas, check them out here.

For Christmas parties, this slinky number is a great way to look classic yet elegant. If you’re looking for ideas on what to wear over it, try a velvet blazer, sequin blazer, open poncho, shawl, or faux fur cropped jacket.

When you’re taking simple dresses and making them festive for this time of year, it’s all about the accessories. Whether that’s diamond or statement jewelry, fancy shoes, or a festive clutch, these small, special items are going to turn your classic dress into the perfect outfit for Christmas!

You can’t go wrong with either of these styles. However, if you’re in the mood to shop and get something new, I’ve got several holiday dresses for you to choose from that are affordable (most under $100), festive, and elegant!

A few things to keep in mind before you shop dresses to wear to a Christmas party

The types of special occasions

What type of Christmas parties will you be attending? Is this an office Christmas party, cocktail party, or a work Christmas party at someone’s home? Whether it’s business casual or you have to adhere to a black-tie dress code, find out what the dress code is first before you shop.

Consider your shape

Different body types look better in different things. Consider your shape and comfort level as you shop for the perfect Christmas party outfit. Do you have a rectangle body shape so you’re looking to add waist definition and volume? Do you feel super confident with your shoulders so you want to wear something sleeveless? Also, take your personal style into consideration too so you feel nothing but amazing at all your holiday parties!

1. Burgundy Cowl Neck Bodycon Dress
This little number has the classic slip dress style, yet showcased in a rich color with sparkles- making it a great option for this time of year.

2. One-Shoulder Cutout Asymmetrical Dress
Elegant drape with just a hint of cut-out drama.

3. Black Midi Dress
The black option is a classic color with a sophisticated drape. Pair with a sparkly necklace to add some more glam. Pick the blue one for an outfit with an elegant sheen. Pair with chandelier earrings.

4. Button Slip Dress
This cute dress would work perfectly for a fall wedding too!
Related: Cute Dresses To Wear To Fall Weddings

5. Black Lace Long Sleeve Dress
Alluring yet sophisticated, this lace dress is a great way to still stay covered up. Choose the long-sleeve option if you want extra coverage and warmth.

6. Half Sleeve Sheath Dress
This elegant option is a dress that you could wear in other places as well. Pair with sheer tights and heels for the Christmas season.

7. Satin Halter Mini Dress
We’ve got to have at least one bold red dress in our roundup! It is the holiday season after all. For extra coverage on mini dresses, pair them with tights. You can keep it classic with sheer or opaque black tights, or use this space to add some drama with a pattern or color.

8. Strapless Bustier Midi Dress
Sequins, but done in an elegant way. To make this dress look even more sophisticated, pair it with a luxe cashmere shawl.

9. Velvet Rhinestone Bodycon Mini Dress
A simple and structured velvet dress, with just a hint of glam. The subtle diamond straps add just the perfect touch.

10. Beige Satin Strapless Mini Dress
Not everything has to be red, black, or green! These silky white and cream numbers will have you looking perfect for a winter wonderland.

11. Halter Neck Satin Midi Dress
Further proof that you can never go wrong with a slip dress, no matter if it’s blue, red, green, or black.

12. Draped Neckline Mini Shirt Dress
This interesting silhouette with a collar and long sleeves is a good option for work events.

13. Black Slip Dress
If you don’t want to spend all your money on a dress that you’ll just wear to one special event, then a black slip dress is the top pick for you. Not only does a slip dress work perfectly for the festive season, but you can wear it year-round in many different ways. For party season, pair it with heels, chandelier earrings, and a bold lip.

14. Black Mini Dress
You can never go wrong with a little black dress for any party, but especially a holiday party. This simple black dress with a tiny little diamond bow detail is the perfect type of understated holiday dress. You don’t need a necklace with this dress. Just pair it with earrings, tights, heels, and a sparkly clutch.

15. Green Mini Dress
Part office, part festive, this dress is perfect for the “Christmas party during lunch break” event. The material is winter-appropriate while the green is reminiscent of Christmas, making this a nice option without having to go all out. Plus, the bow tie is so cute!

16. Contrast Black Mini Dress
For corporate events where you don’t want to bare it all, this classy yet festive dress with long sleeves is the one for you. Pair it with heels and pearl earrings to keep it classy.

17. Ribbed Bodycon Dress
I have to include at least one red dress! It’s that time of year after all. A sweater dress would not only work for more formal events, but you can wear it to casual functions as well- all depending on how you style it. Plus, a red sweater dress can be worn for fall too, ensuring that you get your money’s worth. If bold red is not your style, choose a wine or burgundy hue instead. Still festive and just a touch more elegant. A sweater dress is also the pick for you if you prefer a more casual look.

18. Black Long Sleeve Mini Dress
Velvet and sparkles, this is what Christmas dresses are made of! This dress would be great for formal events. When it comes to jewelry, pair it with silver pieces. For shoes, choose either high heels or adorable sparkly flats.

19. Ruched Velvet Halter Dress
A simple velvet dress and classic LBD, this is the ideal choice for those that want to add their own style to their outfit. Whether you choose bold accents, classy jewelry, a faux fur coat, or all, the choice is up to you!

20. Bodycon Sweater Dress
Here’s a great option for a dress that you could wear outside of the holiday season. For the holiday events, you can pair this dress with red accents. And to wear it in fall, pair knee-high boots with it.

21. Black One Shoulder Dress
This one-shoulder dress is a great way to feel a little glam. Let the one-shoulder shine by pairing it with earrings instead of a necklace. To complement the midi dress length, wear it with heels instead of flats.

22. Black Midi Dress
This is a classy and cute dress that would work for other special occasions outside of Christmas. Flats or heels, it’s up to you! Just choose earrings over a necklace.

Related: 8 Casual Christmas Outfit Ideas That Are Still Cute

23. Black Mini Dress
When it comes to adorable cocktail dresses, this one is high on the list. Very simple with just the right amount of festive!

24. Burgundy Velvet Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress
With the luxe material and elegant drape, this dress hits all the right notes for a festive yet classy holiday party dress.

25. Wine Red Puff Sleeve Mini Dress
If you like short dresses, then this wine-colored pick is for you. The puff sleeves balance out the shorter length while the details keep it interesting. Accent this dress with black.

26. Dark Green Satin Off-the-Shoulder Mini Dress
The drape, color, and material all play together so well, creating a very elegant dress.

27. Black Long Sleeve Maxi Dress
Simple yet striking is never a bad idea. This is the perfect outfit for someone that likes to make an entrance, but in a subtle way. Pair with sleek black heels and minimal jewelry to keep this outfit looking effortless.

28. Champagne Sparkly Strapless Mini Dress
This elegant mini party dress will not only shine during Christmas time, but you could wear it to New Year’s Eve too. Pair with gold accents to bring out the champagne coloring.

29. Tie Back Mini Dress
One thing that makes a dress so elegant is that it doesn’t try too hard. Some dresses have cutouts and sparkles for days, but you’ve got to appreciate the dresses with just one “wow” factor. For understated elegance, choose a dress that’s simple in the front with interesting back detail.

30. Black Strapless Midi Dress
This midi dress is simple enough that you could wear it to other occasions as well. Whether you find yourself attending a wedding or semi-formal event, just switch up your jewelry and hairstyle and you’ve got yourself a new look!

31. Red Ruffled Skater Dress
Flirty and fun, this dress is for the woman with a more playful side. Up the party ante by pairing it with gold accents, or balance out the look by choosing black.

32. Copper Sequin Mini Dress
This copper hue and draped waist make this sequin dress look like a million bucks. You can wear this one for New Year’s Eve too!

33. Backless Maxi Dress
If you find yourself heading to a black-tie event, grab this floor-sweeping gown, pair it with statement earrings, a bold lip, and a festive clutch.

From rich textures like velvet to eye-catching elements like sequins, the holiday season is the perfect time to have fun with fashion.

And if you want to try something different than a dress, you could always try velvet pants and a white shirt instead!

Even though you have great ideas on dresses to wear to a Christmas party, plans can change. If you find yourself staying home last-minute, keep reading for ideas on what to wear when you’re entertaining and celebrating from home!

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Carolyn Arentson
Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.