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Epic Holiday Party: Dress Me!

Help OnSugar blog shut up, I love that shirt on you chose her perfect holiday dress in this fun post.

Champagne. Cookies. Lights. Mistletoe.

I dare you to tell me what's better in December than a really, really, great holiday party. My dear and darling friend Caitlin's family hosts an absolutely amazing Christmas party at their home in West Seattle every year. It's a guaranteed night of festive drinks, old friends, and dancing into the early morning.

I'm thinking of treating myself to a new dress for the occasion, but obviously, the Marc Jacobs frock I posted about last week is just a little out of my price range. (Though I did see it in person at Nordstrom the other day, and I have to say — it really is beautiful.) Thanks to my little job in retail (and the delicious holiday discounts Urban Outfitters Inc. gives its lovely employees at all three stores) I can get a fab dress at an even fabber price.

So here's what I'm considering . . .

This Flight of the Swans dress from Anthropologie is majorly on sale now ($79.95) and I've loved it since it first arrived in October. (It sparkles and has pockets!) I imagine it with gold jewelry, black tights, and black heels.

See her other dress options when you


$98.00 at Urban Outfitters

So, normally I'm not really one for strapless dresses. They tend to accentuate that little thing every girl has and no amount of weight-training can get rid of: armpit fat. However, I figure that if I spend the night with one elbow popped and a hand on my hip, and the other waving a cocktail around, maybe it will never appear. With a solid color pair of tights and fun shoes? And a statement necklace or chandelier earrings? No?

$78.00 by Free People at

OK, now this dress is really saucy and sparkly. And short. I realize this. Just imagine for a minute though, that I have a black tunic-length tank underneath that has a thicker strap (almost like a beater width) and a little bit higher neck, and also about an inch longer. Hot? With a black cardi, minimal bling, and tights, of course?

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chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
The Antrho dress is cute, but it looks summery to me. Maybe it looks different in real life. I really like the Free People dress a lot. Also, having armpit fat issues when wearing a strapless dress just means you need to go up a size.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
love the first and the third; I would buy both (especially if you get a discount - you lucky duck)!!!
melissaS melissaS 7 years
the first dress - its super cute and i like your idea of pairing it with gold jewelery, black tights, and heels. have fun!
shmoo15 shmoo15 7 years
I just looked on Anthro's website and I don't see the adorable swan dress anywhere on there :(
AlexisSF AlexisSF 7 years
my friend has anthro dress #1 and it's super cute in person. it's also the most versatile of the bunch!
HellooQueen HellooQueen 7 years
I think it is funny that all the brands your looking at are owned by the same company. www.freepeople,com has the last dress in different colors.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
Well, I've never been self-conscious about armpit fat before, but I'm sure I will be now.
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