Holiday Party Dresses For Under $120

With Thanksgiving, “Chrismakwanzikah,” and New Year’s all around the corner, it’s time to make sure you’re prepared for the all festive parties. I’ve compiled a list of nine dresses. Whether you’re headed to a ritzy house party, a homey family bash, or a bar to dance the night away, there is a dress for you in this list. If you are still are clueless after feasting your eyes on these beauties or your dress code doesn’t fit any of the themes, contact me directly and I’ll help you find something that will make you have another thing to be thankful for.

Fancy dinner party:

Warehouse, $120



















Family Event: $53














BCBGeneration, Piperlime- $108









A Bar/Club:

Topshop- $120












Ladakh, $110



Designer Corner- Jovani



In honor of the concluding prom season, I thought I would post about one of my favorite dress sites.  It might be related to the fact that the models posing in the clothes are breathtakingly beautiful, or it might be that the black-tie bedazzled masterpieces seem a bit impractical, but Jovani draws me in every time I take a peek at their website.  They keep an eye on the trends and incorporate them in cocktail and ball-gown masterpieces.  The dresses have parallels to Marchesa with their attention to detail, with use of color, and exotic fabric combinations. Most options are even too fancy for prom, as noted in the name of their labels “beyond evening” and “beyond prom,” filled with dresses for pageants and bridal parties.  The merchandize is expensive and their prices are omitted from the site, but it is worth it to feast your eyes by fishing through their online catalog.  Be warned though, as with every good designer there are some duds… in this case, sparkling duds. I advise you to avoid the ones that make you look like an ice skater, a seven layer cake, or a peacock. I know, kind of tempting.  If you find the perfect one though, maybe you’ll even be inspired to throw a glam party, complete with masquerade masks and high style dresses. Don’t forget my invitation :) For those of you who have an excuse to spend the money on one of the dresses, I have picked out a few of my favorites.  It was such a difficult task only choosing a few! Check out this website as well: Net Fashion Avenue. It is a Jovani retailer (and therefore has the prices and provides the opportunity to buy online).

One Shoulder Rosette

Deep Velvet Sea

Blue Mermaid

Black Tie Bow Tie

Flower Girl

*Picture from Jovani Prom Dresses 2012

Designer Corner- Betsey Johnson

For my first designer corner I have selected the wild and wacky Betsey Johnson, one of my personal favorites.  You know her for her bold designs, sweet as sugar tea party dresses, and mixing of rock-star punk and girlie glam.

These are my tips for shopping Betsey:

1.     The jewelry is worth checking out!  If you cannot shell out $400 on a dress, or do not plan on attending a country club wedding in the next month, you can spend a lot less for a one-of-a-kind and simply adorable accessory.

2.     Look for Betsey trademark items.  It would be absurd to pass over all the pink tulle and buy a basic LBD.  If you’re going to be shopping Betsey you may as well buy like Betsey…her clothes did not become famous because they were plain and demure.

3.     Shop for yourself, but keep in mind not everyone will share your opinion about how fabulous your new elaborate top is.  Because some of the clothing is a very loud and a particular style that appeals more to females, you may find yourself with a baffled boyfriend left wondering why you are buried under complicated folds of flowered fabric.  However, as long as you’re confident and love it, you will pull it off.  Other people will see you as cool for being yourself and rocking something unexpected.

4.     They carry relaxing but insanely sexy pjs and lingerie that might be more agreeable for your boyfriend than the cupcake dress we are both drooling over.

Dress- $388

Dress- $279

Jacket- $318

Earrings- $45

Nightie- $60

*Pictures from Betsey Johnson