There are the holiday parties you can prepare for by throwing on lipstick and a big pair of earrings at your desk before you run out the door. And then there are the holiday events with dress codes written on the invitation, for which you could easily spend hundreds of dollars on a gown. If you’ve got a cocktail party or a gala on the calendar and are already wincing at what it’s going to do to your budget, allow us to help. We’ve rounded up seven dresses under $100 that you could respectably wear to a fancy event, whether it’s cocktails or an out-and-out gala.
For Cocktail Parties
For Gala Events
You don’t have to buy a ballgown if you’re going to a gala. Just get a simple black gown, then dress it up with accessories you already have.
The IRL Emoji Dress
If Your Co-Workers Will Be There
It’s not too short or too revealing, but the see-through lace sleeves add a chic touch.
If You Want to Feel Like a Bombshell
A Gown You Could Wear a Thousand Times
A Modern LBD
The billowed sleeves and front slit make it feel a little unusual.
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