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    32 Gorgeous Dresses That Are Worth The Splurge

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    1. A classy with a ~touch of sultry~ sequined mini with a mesh-accented neckline and figure-hugging skirt that'll definitely make you ~ooh~ and ~ahh~ when you look in the mirror. Consider your favorite LBD upgraded!


    Promising review: "I am usually a fairly conservative dresser, but I've never owned a 'little black dress,' so I splurged on this and thought that, in the right setting, this dress could be tasteful yet dramatic. Boy was I right! My boyfriend is overseas and I want to surprise him with the perfect dress for our first night out when he returns (I've got a year). I couldn't be happier with this dress! This dress is a showstopper!!" —Natalie

    Get it from ModCloth for $89 (available in UK sizes 8–16, aka US sizes M–1X).

    2. A darling Calvin Klein colorblock sheath that'll help you knock any speech or special occasion out of the banquet hall — you polished Polly, you!

    Promising review: "I can’t tell y’all how much I LOVE THIS DRESS. I wore it to a banquet where I did the keynote speech. Such a beautiful dress. The scuba material hides all the imperfections that other materials tend to show." —Naima

    Get it from Amazon for $48.15+ (available in sizes 2–16 and 15 colors/patterns).

    3. An embroidered maxi dress for staying covered and cozy during chillier weather, while making you look like the boho princess you secretly are — one day they'll make a movie about your double-identity life, I'm sure.


    Promising review: "I love this dress! Really impressed by the detail. I’ve had such bad experiences with buying inexpensive dresses online, but it’s finds like this that make it worth taking a chance! A little shorter than expected. —KP

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in sizes S–XL and three colors/patterns).

    4. A swingy Free People velvet mini with an eerie similarity to Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot — it's only capable of communicating one phrase: "I HAVE POCKETS!!!"

    Free People

    Promising review: "I am so pleased with this dress; it is better than what I expected. It is a stunner and the large fits me perfectly with room to spare. The pockets make the dress, and they are placed perfectly. I will buy just about anything with pockets! This is going everywhere this holiday season!" —lisaizzykate

    Get it from Free People for $128 (available in sizes XS–L).

    5. A darling lace floor-sweeping gown perfect for any occasion where, no matter how hard you try to stretch the dress code, those "joggers that could totally, kinda pass as dress pants" absolutely won't fly.,

    Promising review: "I am almost six feet tall, wear a size 18, and have 40 DDD boobs. And this dress fits!!!! I was so skeptical even after reading the reviews. But the lace stretches. The velvet even stretches. I have broad shoulders so I usually have trouble zipping up a gown, but it zips! I can even pull it on over my head, already zipped, when my husband isn't there to help! The inseam of the dress is even long on me! EVERYONE MUST HAVE THIS DRESS. It is romantic and steampunk wrapped in one. IT IS TRUE LOVE." —Tonya Hague

    Get it from Amazon for $55.99 (available in sizes S–XXXL and eight colors/patterns).

    6. A silky Eloquii patterned maxi destined to make you stand apart from the rest of your colleagues — I'm not saying it's a competition, but if it was, you'd be ranked #1.


    Promising review: "Bought this dress in the hummingbird floral print (pictured above), and oh my goodness. It is the dress I never knew I needed in my life. It’s perfect in every way — I wanted to try it on for size as soon as I received it, so I threw it on in my mess of a post-workout state and knew I had to make a PSA for y’all to go buy it. It’s stunning. I sized down from a 16 to a 14 and I’d say DEFINITELY size down. I love this dress and can’t wait to wear it out." —Kelsie19

    Get it from Eloquii for $139.90 (available in sizes 14–28 and five patterns).

    7. A floral tulle extravaganza if you feel like donning an entire enchanted garden on your body, which I hope is very often — just look at this beautiful embroidered overlay!!!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this dress for a formal party. I sent them an email with my measurements and accidentally typed 44 instead of 34 for one of the measurements, and they caught my mistake and emailed me to make sure. The dress came a little earlier than I expected, so I was happy that I could do any alterations if needed — but the dress was PERFECT. It fit me exactly right and I got tons of compliments on it. Good material, and it looks exactly like the picture. I'm wearing three or four inch heels in the picture, and the dress was the perfect length. Definitely worth the money." —Lovedeep

    Get it from Amazon for $65.99+ (available in sizes 2–26 Plus and 22 styles/lengths).

    8. A side-slit little black sweater dress to feel dressed up even when you're pretty bundled up — it goes perfectly with tights and, unlike a regular LBD, it won't make your limbs feel like they've been frozen over like a winter pond!!


    Promising review: "This is my first review ever, but I had to comment on this dress. It's perfect! If you're looking for a LBSD, this is the one. Fabric is smooth, almost silky. Not itchy or bulky. Turtleneck is loose but not floppy. You could dress it up or down. The tie is actually nice because it breaks up the ribbing pattern and accents the waist. You could tie front and center, or to the side. For reference, I'm 5'2" and 112 pounds. 35-26-36. Purchased a small and love the fit — it's not too clingy. I could maybe get away with an extra small if I wanted this to be sort of bodycon, but I don't. Love this and highly recommend!" —gresley

    Get it from Amazon for $79.50 (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    9. An off-the-shoulder Reformation dress for those "just came from frolicking amongst the sunflowers" vibes, no matter what time of the year it actually is.


    Promising review: "The construction on this dress is outstanding. I usually alter a lot of my clothes because I am a stickler for well-fitted clothing, but I did not have to do anything to this one. It fits just right everywhere and it is very flattering to your silhouette. The material is a thick linen that seems very durable. I also bought the espadrilles shown in the picture, and it looks fantastic." —Neisi

    Get it from Nordstrom for $79.98 (originally $198; available in sizes 0–12).

    10. A draped blouson bodice Adrianna Papell dreamboat that'll cascade down your body like peaceful waves of intricately-designed, beaded fabric — I mean, just look at this wedding photo! You best believe all eyes will be glued to you!

    Promising review: "Obsessed! I bought this dress for a fancy Gatsby-themed wedding in New England, and it is stunning! It's a true fit but it might need to be hemmed, as it is very long. Just the perfect amount of room to look great, dance, and eat in this dress!" —Lauren Fleming

    Get it from Amazon for $300 (available in sizes 0–16 and two colors) or $310 (available in sizes 14-22).

    11. A curve-hugging bandage dress with a mermaid bottom, so everyone will associate you with the phrase ~va-va-voom~ from now until eternity. You're hot stuff!,

    Promising review: "This dress was the PERFECT wedding dress! I have major curves with a small waist, and regular wedding dresses just made me look like I was a walking dress. The shape of this dress hugs my curves so nicely. I am going to order this dress in black and red to have for formal events because it's fabulous." —SJ Nelson

    Get it from Amazon for $72+ (available in sizes XS–XL and five colors).

    12. A pretty v-neck lace fit and flare dress that'll be the perfect +1 to all the weddings you have on your cal — since when did they specify that your guest had to be human? This dress will earn you much more compliments anyways.

    Promising review: "This is amazing. The dress perfectly fit me! It doesn't cut down too low into the chest region and it cinches and flares right at the mid-section. Additionally, the lace and base material feel great — heavy and good quality. Also, it doesn't seem to wrinkle! Going to be wearing this to the courthouse when I get married in two weeks. So glad this worked out, as I have already went through MANY trials with more expensive dresses that didn't do near the justice that this dress did!" —C. Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $53.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors).

    13. A modest and extremely cute flower-embroidered wrap dress you'll pull out for every special occasion and every award you win, because you need a dress as worthy as all the praise you receive.

    Promising review: "I've only worn this dress for one full day, but there were probably six to eight different people approaching me to tell me how pretty it was and wanting to know where I got it. On top of being beautiful, it is comfortable, flattering, and forgiving of any problem areas. As others have said, it's a very thick material, so it does not feel cheap in any way. I would buy 100 more of these dresses. It exceeded expectations!!!" —Rose Kowalski

    Get it from Amazon for $49.98 (available in sizes S–XXL).

    14. An intricately beaded mermaid gown that'll certainly be the talk of the ball, but people won't be quite as mean as, say, Shelby Cummings in A Cinderella Story — they'll be saying, "Love the dress, love her too.", Amazon

    Promising review: "Ok, this dress made me feel like a princess, period. I could have never imagined that it would be so beautiful. Do yourself a favor, and order the next size up. I had breast cancer and had a double mastectomy with no reconstruction, so the idea of formal dress shopping was not my idea of fun. I was able to get a padded flesh tone strapless bra with enhancers and rock it! This dress made me feel more beautiful than I did on my wedding day!" —Crazy Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $75.99+ (sizes 2–16; six colors) or $93.99 (sizes 16–22; eight colors).

    15. A dreamy, sheer embroidered maxi for when you want to feel like a straight-up goddess on a special day, whether it's your wedding, engagement photoshoot, or your birthday party — this dress will celebrate you in the best way!

    Free People

    Promising review: "I initially bought this dress as a back-up and it ended up being the perfect September wedding dress! I had a slip sewn in and the deep v brought up about an inch (for the grandparents' sake), and that was it. No crazy trips back and forth for fittings, alterations, etc. This was one of the least stressful aspects of my wedding and everyone loved it! 10/10 would recommend." —sweeney317

    Get it from Free People for $250 (available in sizes XS–L and five colors).

    16. A pockets-included French Connection sheath dress known to be a bit of a style chameleon. Why? You can easily dress it down for work and all the way up for parties. It's on a mission to be your most worn closet item, even before the year ends — that's how ambitious and confident it is.


    Promising review: "The material feels luxe, there is a zipper that goes down the length of the dress, the fit is perfect, and it has pockets! I’ve dressed it up to go out at night and dressed it down with a jean jacket for work. Really versatile piece." —Redmond Gym Rat

    Get it from Amazon for $118.32+ (available in sizes 0–12 and three patterns).

    17. A ridiculously cozy cable knit sweater to keep you toasty whenever you *absolutely must* leave your home to do silly things like go to work, run errands, or meet up for brunch with friends.


    Promising review: "This is an amazing buy for the price. This dress is so comfortable and easy to wear. Sweater dresses are often clingy. This one isn't — it is more of a casual item. I think it runs slightly large. Great for looking nice when you don't really feel like getting dressed up." —suzzie19

    Get it from Nordstrom for $69 (available in sizes XXS–XL and 1X–4X and two colors).

    18. A classy Jason Wu for Eloquii twist shoulder sheath masterpiece that'll make you say mysterious things like, "Oh yes, darling, this is obviously designer. I'd tell you how much I paid for it, but then I'd have to kill you." — you at your friend's Christmas party, probably.


    Promising review: "Ladies, this dress goes beyond expectations — the fit and fabric is amazing. Can a dress make you stand taller? Feels like it was made just for you. Got so many compliments! Take a lesson, designers — full-figured women are an untapped market. Nice price point too. Help us to look outstanding, and we will be more than willing to spend. Don't pass on this one! Mr. Wu, more please." —Skeet

    Get it from Eloquii for $110.95 (available in sizes 14–28).

    19. A bell-sleeved velvet mini to immediately break out onto the dance floor — after all, these wide sleeves were made for grooving and flapping along to your favorite tunes!

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "VVelvety material is so luxe. I sized up the arms were tight, but the rest of the dress fit great. Not too short either." —Jillyxbeanxo

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes XS–XL and three colors/patterns).

    20. A Gatsby-inspired stunner with plenty of sequins, sparkles, and old school glam to bring a bit of the 1920s back, because, as Fergie sings, ~a little party never killed nobody~.,

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this dress. I wore it to a Gatsby party and got compliments all night. I had strangers coming up to me taking photos. I've bought other sequin gowns and they cut up my arms. Not this beauty. It's well made and comfortable." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in sizes 2–16 and 15 colors/patterns).

    21. A drapey french terry Kensie dress for an outfit that might just be better and more comfortable than sweats. There, I said it. Fight me if you wish, but we'd both be better off if you bought this dress instead.


    Promising review: "How can I sum it up? Unique, comfy, sexy, and very well made. I've never been one to adore a fashion brand but between this, my gladiator heels, and my super-comfortable and fun adult-sized onesie pajamas, I'm sold." —Tony

    Get it from Amazon for $57.52+ (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    22. A classic A-line dress with fluttery cap sleeves, a cinched waist, and a delicate back bow situation that'll have you singing its praises every time you wear it — so light, so swooshy, so pretty!


    Promising review: "I love this dress! It is simple yet elegant in every way. The zipper is of good quality, sturdy, and adds to the dress. Depending on your preference in length, and if you're petite like myself, this may be a little long. But if you don't mind the length (past the knees) then you can make it work. Also, there is no stretch in this dress." —Anita84

    Get it from ModCloth for $79.99 (available in sizes XXS–4X and two colors/patterns).

    23. A satin faux wrap Express number that'll fulfill your holiday party's dress-up requirements without making you feel uncomfortable or restricted while you stuff yourself with free food and drinks *and* dance the night away!


    Promising review: "This is my go-to dress!! I've worn it to bachelorette parties, date nights, and even to weddings. I also bought it in the blue too (not currently available), because I love it so much! I always get complements!" —AubreyXXX

    Get it from Express for $52.80 (available in sizes XXS–XXL and two colors).

    24. A pattern-mixing ModCloth dress with a flared, high-low, skirt for the perfect mix of fancy and chic, without feeling over-the-top — you'll be lookin' like a world-class sculpture! (Belt not included, btw).


    Promising review: "Absolutely love the mix of the two fabrics. The dropped back is adorable. Fun and flirty. Just the right amount of fancy without feeling stuffy." —Michelle

    Get it from ModCloth for $119.99 (available in sizes 0–12).

    25. A sequined Dress the Population mini that might just give passerbys whiplash when you catch your ~sparkle~ as you walk by. Is this dress the excuse you've been looking for to book a fun Vegas or NOLA trip with the girls? Absolutely.


    Promising review: "This dress is so pretty on. Would be great for a Vegas night, holiday party, or New Year's Eve. The sequins are nice and small and not scratchy — it was actually really comfy and had a good amount of stretch in the bottom, so you can walk easily. I got a lot of compliments on it and will definitely wear it again." —Vanna1

    Get it from Nordstrom for $216 (available in sizes XXS–XL and six colors/patterns).

    26. A sophisticated and only slightly dramatic Adrianna Papell cape sheath dress to make you feel like the hero of the night. Or just like someone who made a darn good fashion choice.


    Promising review: "The dress is of the highest quality. The color is vibrant, the length is perfect and hits right at the knee, so it doesn't look too short on a 5' 6" woman with 2.5-inch heels. The material is thick, so the cape stays in place. Already brought it again in ivory." —Denise

    Get it from Amazon for $160 (available in sizes 2–16 and two colors).

    27. An exquisite bell-sleeve lace gown designed to ~impress~ everyone who comes your way. If they're not wowed, I'd be very concerned — "hello, sir/madame, do you not SEE the fabulousness in front of you?" —me, most likely, as your fashion hype person.

    Promising review: "Love it! Got this for my cello recital and it’s perfect — soft and comfy/not made out of stiff material at all, roomy enough in the shoulders to swing your arms around, yet fitted in the waist, and a big enough skirt to spread your legs like pants without showing a thing. Got lots of compliments on it and would highly recommend to anyone looking to be the best-dressed person in the room!" —Mary C. Pogue

    Get it from Amazon for $55.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and five colors).

    28. A satin-y mermaid gown that'll definitely make you feel like the belle of the ball/prom/gala — wherever you decide to honor everyone with your presence.

    Amazon / Jon Premosch / Via

    Promising review: "Fit as expected and I have gotten many compliments on it. It looks like a much more expensive dress. I am picky since I'm a seamstress who also does tailoring, but I didn't have time to sew for the event I needed the dress for. The underskirt is lightweight and has a nice sheen, but nothing is see-through. I bought the pink and black, and it looks exactly like the picture. A bonus is that both the underskirt and overskirt can simply be trimmed to the correct length without having to finish or hem it." —J

    Get it from Amazon for $75.99 (available in sizes 2–16 and six colors/patterns).

    29. A darling georgette wrap dress adorned with wide kimono-inspired sleeves that actually has enough room up top for bigger-chested people — you know, how dresses should be designed.


    P.S. If the top is too loose, a safety pin will do the trick!

    Promising review: "This dress is gorgeous. I am very curvy and find it difficult to find dresses I can wear with ease. The material is extremely comfortable. The structure of the dress with its wrap style accentuates all the right things." —Lolarelli

    Get it from Nordstrom for $88 (available in sizes 1X–3X and three colors/patterns).

    30. A beautifully beaded full-length dress with sheer sleeves and a flowy bottom half perfect for starring in well-orchestrated Boomerangs all night long.


    Promising review: "The pictures do not do this dress justice! It is stunning. The fit is perfect (I used their size chart) and looks great on." —dwoods

    Get it from Amazon for $55.95+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors/patterns).

    31. A delightful cactus and succulent themed ModCloth dress that'll be unlike anything else you already have in your closet — unless you're a cactus aficionado and own lots of cactus-print clothing, which is very impressive — and not to mention it has pockets and a playful v-shaped back. What's not to love?


    Promising review: "I have gotten so many compliments on this dress and it fits well. Washes and dries wonderfully with few wrinkles, which is awesome because I hate ironing!!" —Alisa

    Get it from ModCloth for $65 (available in sizes S–4X).

    32. An elegant, body-hugging crepe sheath slayer so you can feel like Audrey Hepburn whenever you very well please — that kind of feeling is priceless, don't you think?


    Promising review: "This dress is very sharp and elegant. A true classic! Will always be in style. I felt like Audrey Hepburn in it at our social and received so many compliments. It fit like a glove, very sexy yet classy at the same time." —dresstothenines

    Get it from Nordstrom for $148 (available in sizes 2–16 and 15 colors/patterns).

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