Scouring the internet for holiday dresses that don’t break our holiday budgets can often be a challenge. Then, slap on two-day shipping charges: as if the holiday season of consumerism isn’t stressful enough… Over the years, I’ve been on that side more often than I’d like to admit. Last-minute party invites, outfit changes, the list goes on. The good news is, there are ways around spending a fortune, while also keeping your sanity. I’ve made my lists and checked them more than twice: the following 20 holiday dresses will give you options for multiple dress codes, styles, and body types!
For The Busy or Budget Focused
Using a rental service like Rent The Runway, Nuuly, or Nova Octo can help take the stress of shelling out the full price for holiday dresses you plan to really only wear once. Maybe twice for different friend groups’ holiday parties. This month, I upped my membership to include an extra spot so I can keep more pieces at home before they get snapped up next week or over New Year’s. It’s also great to have more options for more casual rentals if you’re traveling to a town that doesn’t have a RTR store for quick exchanges.
To get the most out of the holiday season, sign up for the RTR Unlimited subscription for immediate access to a revolving wardrobe and options for more formal outerwear. For the price of a single dress, you’ll get access to 4 pieces at a time that you can trade in and out at your convenience! You can take $100 off your first two months too, with code RTRMANDYG.
Dresses to Purchase Outright (Without Shipping Drama)
There’s literally nothing worse than having to double buy holiday dresses because the first one didn’t arrive in time. I trust shipments from only a few retailers during this season that have a proven track record of arriving on time. The same goes for retailers with brick and mortar stores that allow for quicker shipping to your location.
For more tips on how to style your holiday dresses, check out last year’s post here!
Photos by Mari Uchida