39 Dresses That Make You Want To Party

November 23, 2011

Can you believe there are only thirty-nine days left until the New Year?

Between now and then, I know you’ve certainly got your hands full. On top of your general chaotic day-to-day work and home life responsibilities (Oh! And that new project you just agreed you would take on), there is decorating to be done, gifts to be bought and wrapped, and plenty of parties to attend.

I’ve found it helps to transition my mood from frazzled to festive when I’ve got a fantabulous party dress to put on. How about you?!

Plus, it is a great way to spread holiday cheer. It’s amazing how a fun outfit excites other guests. The visual stimulus creates joyful energy, lifts the spirits of your friends, colleagues and family, and is absolutely contagious.

For the sake of spreading holiday cheer and to help you look and feel your best at every event, I sorted through thousands upon thousands of dresses and put together this collection of my favorite party dresses for you that are sure to jumpstart any celebration.

Each is categorized by top trends…shiny metallics, colorful brights, dazzling prints, enchanting winter white and, of course, tried-and-true little black dresses. But these are not your basic LBD’s, so you’re sure to stand out from the crowd.

To get the best deals, sign up for store e-newsletters or follow each on Facebook or Twitter to be notified on upcoming sales and special promotions.

Also, I would recommend checking out Rent-the-Runway for more formal holiday events where you will likely only want to wear a particular dress once for that one special occasion.

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  1. Tibi Paisley Jacquard Nadja Dress $420, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  2. Aidan Mattox Sequin One Shoulder Dress $295, available at Nordstrom.
  3. ML Monique Lhuillier Strapless Brocade Dress $448, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  4. Calulla Lillibelle Sequin Dress $550, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  5. Alice and Olivia Ritchie Embellished Blouson Dress $550, available at Bloomingdales.
  6. Milly Charlotte Sequin Keyhole Dress $550, available at Bloomingdales.
  7. Shoshanna One-Shoulder Metallic Dress $375, available at Bloomingdales.
  8. Elie Tahari Mira Silk Split Sleeve Faux Wrap Dress $398, available at Nordstrom.
  9. JAX Pleat Neck Stretch Satin Sheath Dress $178, available at Nordstrom.
  10. Elie Tahari Carla Lace Dress $298, available at Nordstrom.
  11. Kate Spade New York Darcie Bow Bodice Strapless Dress $425, available at Nordstrom.
  12. Milly Ruffle Dress with Keyhole $495, available at Bloomingdales.
  13. Diane von Furstenberg Leron Dress $325, available at Bloomingdales.
  14. Diane von Furstenberg Kipling Chiffon Dress $365, available at Bloomingdales.
  15. BCBGMaxAzria Odessa Long-Sleeve Boatneck Dress $198, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  16. Elizabeth and James Penelope Blouson Dress $365, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  17. Raoul Wool Shift Dress $335, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  18. Diane von Furstenberg Genevieve Stretch Silk Dress $375, available at Bloomingdales.
  19. Milly Cate Sheath Dress $345, available at Bloomingdales.
  20. Nicole Miller Printed Sheath Dress $330, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  21. Lotusgrace Italian Blouclé Dress $498, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  22. Milly Leopard Print Diana Dress $325 $260, available at Bloomingdales.
  23. Olcay Gulsen Wide Neck Dress $500, available at Shopbop.
  24. Just Cavalli Three-Quarter Sleeve Scoopneck Dress $325, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  25. Weekend MaxMara Four-Panel Wool Dress $435, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  26. Sue Wong Feather and Sequin Dress $508, available at Bloomingdales.
  27. Robert Rodriguez Draped One Shoulder Dress $275, available at Bloomingdales.
  28. Kate Spade New York Darcie Dress $545, available at Nordstrom.
  29. AK Anne Klein Asymmetrical V-Neck Dress $139, available at Nordstrom.
  30. Marc by Marc Jacobs Liv Sparkle Dress $698, available at Bloomingdales.
  31. Parker Open Back Asymmetrical Beaded Dress $330, available at Bloomingdales.
  32. Diane von Furstenberg Enny Dress $375, available at Bloomingdales.
  33. Badgley Mischka Beaded Dress $520, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  34. French Connection Dragon Queen Embellished T-Back Dress $268, available at Bloomingdales.
  35. Cynthia Steffe Emmalina Draped V-Neck Cocktail Dress $365, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  36. Alice and Olivia Catalina Cut-Out Dress $550, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  37. Michael Michael Kors Crepe Side-Ruffle Dress $225, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
  38. Halston Heritage Sparkle Knit Long Sleeve Dress $295, available at Bloomingdales.
  39. Alice and Olivia Mid-Length Ruched Dress $297, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Do you find a festive outfit helps to get you in party mode, especially during the hectic holidays?

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  • Thais Zoe / Lucky Duck Living

    LOVE the Kipling Chiffon by DVF. The teal is divine! Although, I still can’t get on board with the dark tights, especially with open-toed sandals. Thanks for putting together such a great collection, Kristina!

  • Corporate Fashionista

    My pleasure! 😉