It's the holidays, and that means office parties, get-togethers with friends and family dinners.
But how can you dress up while keeping your costs down?
Look Great, for Less
Pearl cocktail dress, from Ark & Co.
Bergamotto said: Many women feel as though they have to wear black or red or something spangly for the holidays, but what about neutrals? This blush-toned, pink dress with pearl embellishments is a stylish departure from your typical party frock. The relaxed silhouette is ideal for someone with curves, especially because it cinches in at the waist and really spotlights the thinnest part of the body. The jeweled shoulder adornments give the dress an instantly fancy feel and make this a great choice for dressy holiday dinner party.
Cost: $58 at edressme.com
Red and Lace
"Odessa" dress from Merona Collection.
Bergamotto said: Red is a major color for the season, but it can be too bold a fashion choice for some women. This is a good way to wear the trend and look sophisticated. The silhouette gives a very tailored look, and the red ribbon around the waist is a great detail. It helps create an hourglass shape that is flattering on all women. The lace overlay adds a dimension that makes it look much more expensive than it is. These are the kinds of extras you're looking for when shopping for an inexpensive cocktail dress -- little details that have a big impact.
As a bonus, it's perfect to wear to the office holiday party -- very polished and ladylike!
Cost: $39.99 at Target.com
H&M's metallic dress.
Bergamotto said: This dress screams New Year's Eve. Metallics are so festive and are surprisingly great neutrals. This dress has a simple cut, and the one-shoulder style really highlights shoulders. The figure-flattering A-line silhouette works well on most body types. Pair it with these colorful, red booties to elevate the whole look; they're a fun, flirty alternative to a black strappy, sandal.
Cost: $59.95 from H&M stores
JCPenney's Scoop Back T-shirt Sequin Dress.
Bergamotto said: Sequins are a party-circuit staple. Sequins are timeless. Choose a sequined dress in a tailored shape like this cap-sleeved, modified A-line dress. Opt for a darker color, such as black. Gold or silver sequins can look a little too disco. This is a fun, holiday update on the little black dress.
Cost: $49.99 in stores.