Published on November 27, 2018—  Leave a comment

Get Inspired By These Budget-Friendly Holiday Party Outfits

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Party season is here! We love any excuse to glam up, and what better way to make an entrance than in a stunning dress? The only downside is that occasion dressing tends to leave a huge dent in the wallet. That is unless you’re stylish mama Tracy of lifestyle blog Knowing Tracy!

We challenged Tracy to style FOUR stunning dresses (including a designer piece), each under a certain price point. Read on to find out how she styled these stunning looks for intimate family events AND fancy cocktail parties. 

The holiday season makes me so happy. I love being surrounded by positive vibes at holiday parties, where I can have meaningful conversations and meet new people.

This year, my calendar is full of dinner parties, family get-togethers, and, of course, quality time with my husband and my little guy, Kai. With so many events (and photos to take), one dress really can’t do all the work. With the help of thredUP, I was able to find four dresses that hit all four budget sweet spots. It was super easy, all I had to do was filter by specific lengths, styles, and price points on thredUP.

Under $15


Holiday parties are all about glitz and glam, that’s why I’m so excited to wear this lace and metallic detail dress! The boat neckline and lace accents give it a classic look that’s office appropriate but still eye-catching!

I reached for a pair of silver strappy heels for a cocktail party and a similar pointed pair for a work event. The metallic colorway highlights the bright shade and texture of this gorgeous dress. Solid or nude color shoes allow your dress to shine, especially when you are wearing lace.

Under $30


It wouldn’t be the holidays without a bright red cocktail dress! I scored this lovely number for just $25 (yes, just $25). I’m totally in love with the strapless cut and lace detail, it’s so romantic! It’s definitely a holiday classic.

I paired it with my favorite Prada heels (also from thredUP!) to frame the bold shade of this gorgeous dress. Plus, the subtle details on my booties match the lace!

Under $50


I LOVE my new figure-hugging dress by Tadashi. It was just $45, and it makes such a big statement on its own. The off-shoulder silhouette adds a flirty touch, which is perfect for date nights with your love, while the knee length keeps it classic (perfect for office holiday parties). The metallic tones make sure you’re always in the spotlight, even when layered under a black coat!

To complete this outfit, I reached for my favorite fringed handbag. It’s chic and the shimmering sequins totally matched the gold tones. When I’m styling with horizontal striped clothing, I choose longer accessories to elongate my figure.

If you’re uncomfortable wearing form-fitted dresses but love the style, wear it with a chunky cardigan or blazer. This keeps your dress under wraps until you’re ready to flaunt it.

Under $100


I am so excited to wear this Moschino fit-and-flare little black dress. I STILL can’t believe I got it for under $100. Thrifting is the only way I get my designer fix (for me and my family)!

I love to highlight my shoulders, so the one shoulder detail has me all smiles. This dress is perfect for New Year’s Eve. It’s so stylish and easy to move around in, which is a plus for dancing. I paired it with these Prada mid-calf boots from thredUP (funnily enough, they were just a little over $100, too). Love my new finds!

Tracy’s got holiday budgeting down to a science, and you definitely can too! How are you dressing (and saving) for the holidays? Let us know what you’re most excited for in the comments below.