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Festive Party Dresses, Part IV: Empire-Waist Dresses

The holidays are fast approaching, which means it's time to start hunting for a cute party dress to get you through those holiday cocktail gatherings. So this week, I'm looking at the hottest party-dress trends, so that you can find the frock that's perfect for you. Today's installment: empire-waist dresses, which strike an ideal balance between playfully retro and classically elegant. (To read yesterday's installment on tuxedo-inspired dresses, click here.) Here are some of my favorite finds at designer and non-designer prices.

Alexander McQueen Embroidered Tulle Gown, $8,280, available here.

Notte by Marchesa Tulle Dress, $850, available here.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Silk Satin with 3/4 Sleeve Dress, $348, available here.

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Ya-Ya Bellini Dress, $339, available here.

Rebecca Taylor Silk Twill Wrap Dress, $350, available here.

J. Crew Emily Short Silk Chiffon Dress, $150, available here.

Behnaz Sarafpour for Target Taffeta Dress with Lace Waist, $44.99, available here.

Night Way Swiss-Dot Lace Party Dress, $150, available here.

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