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    30 Things You Can Wear To Holiday Parties *And* The Rest Of The Year

    The season will end ☹️ but these outfits live on ☺️.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

    1. An ultra-chic leopard-print dress you'd expect to find at a fancy boutique, but shockingly costs less than $50. Wear it to parties, work gatherings, the grocery store — basically, any time you want to look extremely put together.


    Promising review: "Fits perfectly! I get a ton of complements when I wear it. The tie at the waist really makes it perfect. Love that the sleeves balloon out after the tighter area, it gives a great silhouette." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and four colors).

    2. Or, a comfy leopard-print maxi with — wait for it — POCKETS!

    Reviewer wearing the leopard print maxi dress

    Promising review: "Leopard print is all the rage again and I’m loving it! This dress gives me such confidence and is lightweight enough to wear in the 80s but also comfortable enough to wear in the lower temps also. The fit was right on point for my larger, curvy, plus-size body! One of the best features is that this dress has pockets and is super comfortable. I want this dress in every color and pattern!" —Chrissy Meijer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes 14–26, as well as in 24 other colors/prints). 

    3. An ethereally flowy maxi that's just begging to be twirled in any time there's music and a dance floor.

    Any Size / Etsy

    Any Size is a small biz that makes beautiful tailored garments to fit any size! They recommend dry-cleaning this dress, but just look at it — it's so worth it.

    Promising review: "Gorgeous fall dress! So generous in material. Perfectly sewn! Thank you for excellent service!" —shirleysullivan

    Get it from Any Size on Etsy for $79.40+ (available in sizes S–6X and 27 colors).

    4. A pair of ridiculously cute high-waisted pants with not only a bow at the waist, but at the tapered ends as well! 🥺 Wear them to your holiday party, then to work (or literally anywhere).,

    Promising review: "A must-have!!! This pant is super cute, fits quite comfortably, and the material is very good quality. Its elastic makes it stay up nicely at the waist so that it doesn't shift when you stretch or sit. It goes nicely with a crop top without any exposure of skin. It can be worn on different occasions — dress it up with heels if you want a more formal look or dress it down if you are going for casually elegant. It's the popcorn pant I have always dreamt of!!!" —Fomba Kanneh

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 37 colors, also available in sets of two or three).

    5. A plaid pencil-style dress for a cozy holiday look that won't illicit visions of sugarplums after the season has ended.,

    Promising review: "This dress is great for fall and winter in regards to both the pattern and material. The material isn't terribly thick, but does insulate pretty well (it's polyester). I love that you can wear it with or without leggings, and boots or pumps — hence, great for both fall and winter! I always get compliments when I wear this dress to work. The sleeves are slightly long on me, but I don't mind the excess there as it can be easily pushed up OR useful when I'm trying to keep warm!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $20.49+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 20 colors/patterns).

    6. A pretty mock-neck top with polka-dotted mesh sleeves you can pair with everything from skirts to jeans.


    Promising review: "Beautiful in person. This top is very nice and elegant looking. An added bonus is that it holds up in the wash." —Roketia Sanders

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and four colors).

    7. A gorgeous cashmere-blend dress to make you feel oh so elegant and sophisticated, no matter the season.

    Reviewer wearing the green dress

    Promising review: "Love this dress. Very cozy. It hits the perfect midi length without being too long. I’ve worn to a holiday party and the Nutcracker and received countless compliments. So glad I bought this dress! Will wear to work often in the new year." —Wynn Baker

    Get it from Amazon for $49 (available in sizes S–L and five colors).

    8. A *Stunning* with a capital "S" pleated sweater dress that looks so much more expensive than its less than $50 price tag.

    The black dress
    Vogue by Nekar / Etsy

    Vogue by Nekar is a small biz based in China and New York! They recommend sizing up or consulting their size guide to find your best fit. 

    Promising review: "This is my first time buying clothing on Etsy. I was nervous but there was no need! It fits perfectly and it’s just like in the pictures! The material is so warm, the perfect fall/winter dress! Also the colorful part of the skirt is a nice thick material just like a pleated skirt is. It is also the same on the back. So half the skirt is the pleated skirt and the other half is the winter material. Nice and cozy and soft. My favorite dress by far! Sleeves are a perfect length and goes about mid calf on me. True to size!" —Maria

    Get it from Vogue by Nekar on Etsy for $47.99 (available in sizes S–XL and four colors). 

    9. A long-sleeve skater dress you can feel good about wearing whether you're a pro on the ice or prefer spectating.,,

    Promising review: "Very versatile and can be dressed up easily! Fabric is stretchy and thick enough to be a fall/winter dress. The one thing is that I wish the zipper went down a bit farther — even with it fully unzipped I have to put it on over my head. The lace cutouts make this dress!! It's my favorite feature, along with the scalloped hems at the sleeves." —May

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 14 colors/patterns).

    10. A 2-in-1 dress and sweater set that'll literally take you from summer to winter. It comes with a removable side-tie sweater and silky slip dress for endless styling options.


    Promising review: "This set surpassed my expectations. The dress material is thicker and feels nicer than I thought it would. It fits true to size, and it hangs beautifully. The sweater fits perfectly and looks great with the dress. I will wear the sweater with other things, too. I really like this Daily Practice line by Anthropologie. I hope they keep adding pieces to it." —mamby

    Get it from Anthropologie for $140 (available in standard sizes XXS–XXL, plus sizes 1X–3X, and petite sizes XXS–XL, and in black and gray or teal combos).

    11. A waist-tie number for a fun "twist" on the standard sweater dress.,

    Promising review: "Love love love this dress!! The material is great quality. It is thick for a winter dress but could be worn in any season. The belt is great, helps create a waistline, and breaks up the all-black [or monochrome] dress." —Gregory Glaze

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and 31 colors).

    12. A glittery sheer top that's *perfect* for New Year's Eve or your next night out on the town., Amazon

    Promising review: "It’s adorable. Worth every penny. Well made. Silver threads woven into fabric make the whole thing shine. It’s NOT itchy! I’m a huge spaz about the feel of clothing and this shirt is shiny but super soft as well. Wore it to a Christmas holiday concert and got TONS of compliments. Will probably order more colors when my size is back in stock. It’s VERY stretchy so if you’re not sure go down a size. ;)" —Megaphono

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98 (available in sizes XS–XXL and 14 styles).

    13. A classic plaid wool skirt for anyone who wants to live out their dream of being one of the March sisters, at least in a clothing sense.

    Front and back angles of model wearing the red, blue, and green plaid skirt
    Shopibazaar / Etsy

    Shopibazaar is a small Taiwan-based small biz!

    Promising review: "I love love love that this has pockets! A little shorter than I expected but then I realized it's just better that way to move around when I wore it. It also has stretch bands on the back so it will adjust to what fits your waist!" —Taylor Bryan

    Get it from Shopibazaar on Etsy for $49.95 (available in sizes S–3X and five patterns). 

    14. A slick faux-leather dress that'll instantly make you feel cooler, whether you gussy it up or keep things casual.

    Model wearing the black faux leather dress

    Get it from Nordstrom for $62 (available in sizes XS–L and 1X–3X, and in black or brown in certain sizes). 

    15. A metallic pleated maxi skirt to add some year-round shimmer to your wardrobe.,

    Promising review: "This skirt can be worn either fancy or casual. The shimmer on the skirt is just perfect, not too much and not too little. It really dresses up anything you wear with it. I purchased this skirt for my daughter's wedding, wearing it with a beautiful lace off the shoulder top. It looks stunning together. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to look amazing. LOVE THIS SKIRT!" —S Bozz

    Get it from Amazon for $15.96+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and eight colors, as well as a midi style). 

    16. A knitted wrap dress that's even more comfy than your favorite cardigan, since you don't have to wear pants with it.

    Model wearing the gray dress

    Get it from Boohoo for $22.40 (originally $56, available in sizes 12–20 and three colors). 

    17. A pair of, yes, Spanx faux-leather leggings, because is there a more versatile pant out there? I'll wait...

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Nordstrom

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Heather Braga says: "I splurged on these and I don't know why I waited so long! They're super soft on the inside, edgy on the outside, and just freakin' fabulous. I love pairing them with an oversized sweater for a look that's stylish but still cozy during the winter and wearing them with a denim jacket and a graphic tee in spring and fall."

    Promising review: "I'm in love. Just edgy enough with a matte finish, but not look-at-me shiny like previous pairs of faux-leather leggings I've owned. I'd be perfectly comfortable wearing these to the office with a top of appropriate length. I also got rave reviews from my boyfriend and his bandmates when I wore them to their last show. In other words, they can be sexed up or sexed down to your needs." —MissCristie

    Get it from Nordstrom or Spanx for $98 (available in regular, petite, and tall sizes XS–XL, and 1X-3X).

    18. A long-sleeved sheath dress complete with a tie waist belt that's dressy enough to wear to any holiday event, but almost as comfy as wearing PJs.,

    If you're not sold yet, just know it also has pockets.

    Promising review: "I bought this dress for a fall wedding. It was absolutely PERFECT. I’m not one who likes to wear dresses, I am more a leggings-and-T-shirt person but this dress I would wear every week! I 100% recommend." —Kelsey Ellis

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 27 colors/prints).

    19. A glamorous velvet wrap maxi you'll be able to slip into as easily as if you were putting on a robe. Choose the black version for something you can wear to any fancy shindig all year-round without any overt "holiday" vibes.

    Petal + Pup

    Get it from Petal + Pup for $79.95 (available in sizes 0–12 and in black or dark purple).

    20. A swingy pleated maxi skirt with a cute bow that won't actually make you look like a present.

    Reviewer wearing the red maxi skirt

    Promising review: "This skirt is just what I was hoping for. It's easily dressed up or down. I was nervous because of the price but the polyester has a nice feel — not chintzy. It is lightweight and falls nicely." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 18 colors). 

    21. A stretchy ribbed midi you'll feel equally at home in whether you're wearing it to a winter gathering or lounging around inside.

    Model wearing the black midi
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $178 (available in sizes XS–L and in black or blue).

    22. A retro-inspired swing dress to bring out your inner Lucy or Ethel — just, maybe wear something else if you're going to be stomping on grapes, because this dress is too pretty.

    Reviewer wearing the pink dress

    Promising review: "I'm OBSESSED with this dress! It's perfect for any occasion, very stretchy, and a nice material. I now own three of this dress!" —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes 16–24 and 19 colors/prints). 

    23. A romantic smocked midi for anyone who feels nostalgic for an era they were never actually alive during. The red floral print feels festive without being too Christmasy.

    Model wearing the black midi with red floral print
    American Eagle Outfitters

    Get it from American Eagle Outfitters for $41.96 (originally $59.95, available in sizes XXS–XXL and in black or green).

    24. A billowy blouse that'll easily take you from day to night, no matter the occasion., Amazon

    Promising review: "I've worn this shirt a few times since I got it, and every time I have random people have complimented me on it. It's super cute and fits according to size. I would absolutely recommend to anyone wanting a nice shirt they can wear to work, or dress it up and go out on the town in!" —AMel065

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS–4X and 50 colors/prints).

    25. A lovely blue empire-waist dress complete with a flowy skirt and pockets, aka your new favorite fancy/casual go-between.

    Model wearing the blue dress
    North of West

    North of West is a woman-owned small biz based in Portland, Oregon!

    Get it from North of West for $178 (available in sizes XS–XL, as well as in orange and teal). 

    26. A flirty flutter-sleeved cocktail dress to wear under the mistletoe and beyond.,,

    Promising review: "I have never gotten so many compliments as I do when I wear this dress. It is a beautiful color and a perfect fit. You can wear it casually or dress it up, depending on accessories. And for the price? I definitely got my money's worth. I have worn this all summer and it looks as good as it did when it first came. I cannot recommend this dress enough!" —Kerry Mahoney

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 20 colors). 

    27. A super versatile deep-V jumper for anyone who wants to look fancy and feel ridiculously comfortable at the same time.

    Model wearing the black jumper

    Rebdolls is a Latinx and woman-owned small biz based in Harlem, New York!

    Promising review: "Love this jumpsuit, it fit perfectly. No complaints. Love love." —Valda G.

    Get it from Rebdolls for $59.99 (available in sizes M–5X). 

    28. A ruched velvet bodycon dress you'll literally look for events to wear it to the rest of the year.,,

    Promising review: "This dress is truly stunning, and it’s beautifully made! It fits true to size, and the fabric feels great on your skin. I wore it to a wedding and received a ton of compliments. I’m wearing it again on Thanksgiving. This is also a great dress for a holiday party and New Year’s Eve." —Tee

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and eight colors). 

    29. A pair of cropped velvet pants to pair with ankle boots in the fall/winter and flats in the summer. They can be gussied up with a cute blouse or dressed down with a concert tee — the style limit does not exist!

    Whimsy + Row

    Whimsy + Row is a woman-owned small biz based in LA!

    Get it from Whimsy + Row for $162 (available in sizes XS–XL and in black or red). 

    30. A V-neck maxi with a subtly ruffled skirt you can style in infinite ways and will want to LIVE in bc it's so comfy. Also, love that cheeky little slit!


    Promising review: "Love love love this dress! Super versatile (I have worn it to black-tie events by adding upscale accessories and have worn it to school events by adding a tank and sandals)." —Nichole Evans

    Get it from Amazon for $27.86+ (available in sizes 1X–4X and four colors).

    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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