If you’re on the curvy side, it can be incredibly difficult to find clothing that fits both you and your budget. This can be especially tough when shopping for special occasion clothing, which often come in costly fabrics. With the holiday season in full swing, there’s no better time to find a pretty party dress without paying premium prices. To get you started, have a look at these fashionable plus size party dresses, under $100 each.
Pintuck Velour Dress – Avenue, $79.90
A classic holiday party dress, this burgundy number is just right for sitting down to Christmas dinner. The 3/4-length sleeves help the dress look relaxed, but the understated scoop neck and knee-grazing length keep you looking respectable for professional functions or your first holiday with the in-laws’. Go for retro appeal with a pair of patent leather shoes (Mary Janes optional) and a long strand of pearls.
To tone down the velour for a daytime look, try a patterned scarf and slouchy suede boots or throw on a crisp neutral jacket.
Black Lace Pleated Dress – Torrid, $58
An updated take on the little black dress, this offering from juniors plus shop Torrid is still understated enough to dress up with any accessories you like. The V-plunge neckline lends itself to wearing a necklace dripping with sparkly bits and bobs, while the empire waist offers a slim silhouette. Pleated lace across the waistline also helps to disguise less-than-perfect figures with on-trend appeal.
Since it’s sleeveless, make sure to find a wrap or jacket to accompany this dress. A slim black blazer is a chic option for the office holiday party, while a glittery sequined bolero dresses it up for New Year’s Eve. Experiment with different jewelry, shoes and other accessories to make this dress work for multiple functions.
Gabriella Rocha Eleni – Zappos, $51
Another dress with an empire waist, this features fluttery sleeves a swingy shape. The extra fabric falls in pretty pleats, which lend a slimming look. Though it’s also available in black, this dress is prettiest in festive teal – close enough to Christmas green or Hanukkah blue, but not overwhelming. Pair this one with a cardigan sweater and a pair of boots for a day-to-night party look.
While it does flatter a full bust, this dress does have an open crossover on the neckline. Be prepared to pin or tape for a custom fit, and to avoid a “wardrobe malfunction.”
S.L. Fashions Woman Party Dress – Dillard’s, $90
Into prints? Try this charming dress on for size. The jersey/spandex bodice will keep your upper regions looking trim, while the flouncy taffeta skirt shows off your legs. Not just for the holiday season, this dress will transition nicely to spring and summer occasions with a pair of strappy sandals. Top this off with a white cardigan, and you’re ready to go.
Try this one with opaque tights and kitten heels for a casual but classy look.
Allover Sequin Sheath Dress – Avenue, $79.90
What collection of holiday dresses would be complete without something sequined? This sheath from Avenue sparkles all over. Choose the silver shade to wear with black or gray accessories, or dress up the black version with white or gold jewelry and shoes. Go over-the-top on New Year’s Eve by pairing this with a funky hat and a pair of towering heels.
If the idea of wearing an entire dress covered in sequins seems a little much, Avenue’s still got you covered. They also have a sequined cami and skirt this season, so you can pair your bling with less flashy separates.
Don’t forget shoes, handbags and other accessories to finish your holiday party look. At discount stores like Target, Payless and Ross, you can find steep savings on everything from fashionable tights to costume jewelry. Scope out bargains and holiday sales at these stores, for a holiday party outfit that costs less than $100 total.