After the December holidays, stores tend to put more items on sale, especially clothes, handbags, and shoes. This makes January one of the best times to shop for party dresses with great discounts (50% – 70%). You can search for items that you liked, but weren’t able to get during the holidays. Or you can stock up your closet with clothes for your upcoming events. Most of my friends’ birthdays are in February, which means I will have to get more dresses for all these birthday events.
If you want to take advantage of the sales to add some dresses to your wardrobe, I’d suggest you to go with black. Clothes in black are generally the most flattering. They are good for women at any age and can be worn for just about any occasion. Below are my suggestions for dresses that are ideal for occasions/parties and won’t go out of style anytime soon. They are listed in four styles.
Chic & Refined
These dresses are ideal for business casual events. You can wear them from day (for work) to night (for dinner).
Alice + Olivia Osie Leather-Trim Dress (left) $237 (original $396)
Armani Collezioni Pailette-Embellished Drape-Back Dress (right) $1,048 ($2,995)
Feminine & Classic
The sheer lace and the metallic golden embroidery on the Dolce & Gabbana dress (left) and the satin top and matte skirt on the Marc Jacobs dress (right) make these dresses classical elegance pieces. They are ideal for any formal event.
Dolce & Gabbana- Long-Sleeve Embroidered Lace Dress (left) $4,165 (original $11,900)
Marc Jacobs-BG 111th Anniversary Ruffled Cap-Sleeve Dress (right) (Limited-edition) $625 (originally $2,500)
Flirty & Fresh
Dresses in this category are designed in a girle style with a polished materials, such as metalic fabric or laces. They are ideal for occasions such as birthday parties.
DKNY-Metalic Lace Dress Peplum Dress (left) $213 (original $355)
J. Medel-Dress with Lace Bodice (right) $1,393 (original $3,980)
Simple & Sexy
Wearing these dresses with strappy heels will make you look sexy instantly. No additional jewelry is necessary.
Aidan Mattox-Beaded Illusion-Neck Dress (left) $103 (original $295)
Sue Wong-Black and Nude Lace Beaded Flower Applique Strapless Dress (right) $161.85 (original $415)
Elizabeth and James ‘Rex’ Sequin Blazer, $175 (original $595)
In additional to the party dresses listed above, this blazer is a must-have for a night out with dark skinny jeans. The sequin will add the accent to your outfit.
If you are looking for more suggestions on dresses for special events, see The Ten Best Dresses for Evening.