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Budget-Friendly Finds: 25 Stylish Holiday Dresses Under $50


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Between family get-togethers, your BFF’s annual holiday bash, and upcoming New Year’s Eve festivities, now’s the perfect time to purchase a new party dress that will look fashionable at any end-of-the-year event. However, if your bank account has taken a serious hit over the past few weeks, never fear– we’ve found 25 super-stylish dresses that cost less than $50 apiece. Just scroll on down to check them out!

Little Black Dresses

LBDs are classic frocks that work for any occasion, but when shopping for a holiday-appropriate one, try opting for unique fabrics or detailing. Velvet and lace LBDs instantly evoke a luxe vibe, while peplum, ornate appliques, or statement collars are on-trend details for the season.

Anything goes when it comes to accessorizing an LBD — add a pair of studded ankle booties and a faux leather jacket if you have an edgy aesthetic, or choose ballet flats and a pretty cardigan if your style is girly.

Black dresses under $50
Product Info: Embroidered- Dorothy Perkins, Velvet- Land’s End, Peplum- ModCloth, Lace- Urban Outfitters, Cutout- Forever 21

Festive Sequins

The holiday season is the perfect time to wear a shimmering, statement-making sequined dress! We love sequined dresses that incorporate color and pattern, but if you’re not ready to rock a full-on embellished dress, look for ones that incorporate other materials, like our picks from Kohl’s and ASOS.

Since these dresses are so sparkly, go easy on the accessories — maybe add a pair of stud earrings or a headband — then grab a sleek clutch for a party-worthy look that’s sure to garner plenty of attention.

Sequin dresses under $50
Product Info: Silver- Kohl’s, Patterned- Ruche, Black- Forever 21, Teal- H&M, Light Pink- ASOS

Bold Jewel Tones

Wearing a solid-colored frock is always a simple, yet striking choice for the season. Shades of green and red are always popular during this time of year, but if you want to go for something a little different, blue and purple are also gorgeous, winter-y colors.

If you have a minimalist approach to fashion, pairing a colorful dress with neutral shoes and accessories will create a chic look, but incorporating another hue through a belt or clutch is another stylish choice for the holidays.

Jewel toned dresses under $50
Product Info: Purple- Charlotte Russe, Red- Macy’s, Green- ASOS, Blue- Charlotte Russe, Ruby- Go Jane

Shimmering Metallics

Take cue from twinkling Christmas lights, tinsel, and ornaments by opting for a sparkling metallic frock for the holidays. The silver, ivory, gold, and bronze dresses below can work for both casual or formal events just by switching up the accessories.

However, if you’re looking to amp up your style cred this season, try mixed metallics — wear gold jewelry with a silver dress or vice versa — for an understated, yet elegant look.

Metallic dresses under $50
Product Info: Sleeveless Gold- Target, Sliver- Macy’s, Long Sleeved Gold- BCBGeneration, Bronze- Macy’s, Ivory- Kohl’s

Pretty Prints & Patterns

Patterns and prints are not only a surefire way to stand out in a crowd, but can also make a fashion-forward statement for the holidays. We love how each of the dresses below is totally unique — you won’t see anyone else at the party rocking a similar frock!

Let the dress take center stage when accessorizing — a pair of opaque tights, simple jewelry and your fave pair of shoes are all you need to create a cute and stylish look.

Printed dresses under $50
Product Info: Lace Print- JCP, Bird Print- ModCloth, Jewel Pattern- Dorothy Perkins, Mirrored Floral Print- Urban Outfitters, Polka Dots- BCBGeneration

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these dresses? Which one is your favorite? What’s your favorite type of holiday dress? How do you style your dresses for holiday parties and get-togethers? As always, remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Posted on on December 23, 2012 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , ,

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11 Responses to “Budget-Friendly Finds: 25 Stylish Holiday Dresses Under $50”

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    December 23rd, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I like the black velvet Land’s End one, but I don’t think it would be as wearable after the holidays as some of the other more generic “party” dresses. I would choose any of the prints except the cream polka dot one, and pair it with some warm black tights/leggings, maybe some festive knee socks, and a coordinating cardigan or scarf.

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    December 23rd, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I so dearly wanted that black velvet dress. Sold out! How cruel.

  3. 3
    December 23rd, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    @Katy- Ugh, sorry about that! We write posts about three days before they’re actually published, so unfortunately items sometimes sell out before then. I found you a few similar black velvet dresses here, here, here & here.

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    December 23rd, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I wish you had picked some dresses that are longer! I have super long legs and a large bust so as a result most of those dresses would be uncomfortably short for me :(

  5. 5
    December 24th, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I have a cast on my foot, just my ankle. Can you give me some ideas of what I can wear?

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    December 24th, 2012 at 2:38 am

    @Liz– I had a splint on my arm last new years (SUPER unflattering, in all respects) and what I ended up doing was using Modge Podge and glitter, and I made it the most fabulous splint in the world. So maybe you could do that with your cast? Oooh, or you could add some festive ribbon to it! Of course, these are not options for the faint of heart, so I’d probably steer clear if you are weary of the extra attention (or, if you want to avoid explaining your injury story many times that night). Good luck!

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    December 24th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I love the printed patterns and some of jewel tones styles. I love to buy pink from Asos.

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    December 28th, 2012 at 12:54 am

    these are some great options. Looking fabulous on a budget.

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    January 8th, 2013 at 5:42 am

    i liked it , budget friendly is very helpful……..

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    April 10th, 2014 at 2:24 am

    When I see these dresses only one word is come out from my mouth i.e “WOW”. Really, all dresses look so stylish and trendy, colors and designs are very elegant, love them. Especially black and teal dresses which are so sparkly look stunning.

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