100 party dresses for $100 or less: Affordable frocks for the 2012 holidays

Whether it’s a downtown rave or an office holiday party, we’ve found party dresses for every occasion, in every shape and size—each one less than $100.

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Stock up on stylish frocks for less than a Benjamin. Find glamorous, floor-length velvet styles from Mango; cozy, long-sleeved knitted options from Topshop; metallic brocade minis from Asos; and sexy, animal-print, fit-and-flare versions from Oasis.

  • H&M peplum dress, $35, at H&M locations throughout the city; visit hm.com

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    Almost Famous gold-studded bodice dress, $30, at Mandee, 2540 Broadway between 95th and 96th Sts (212-666-1652)

  • eShakti On the Grid jacquard dress, $90, at eshakti.com

  • Mango long velvet dress, $60, at Mango, 561 Broadway at Prince St (212-343-7012, shop.mango.com)

  • Fashion to Figure Ikat of the Beholder dress, $44, at Fashion to Figure, Kings Plaza Shopping Center, 5100 Kings Plaza, Flatbush Avenue at E 35th St, Midwood, Brooklyn (718-377-7040, fashiontofigure.com)

  • Bar III Tulip metallic sheath dress, $89, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St at Seventh Ave (212-695-4400, macys.com)

  • Avon Define Your Shape dress, $40, at shop.avon.com

  • Candie’s sequined body-con dress, $68, at kohls.com

  • Topshop knitted tile jacquard dress, $90, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

  • Eloquii lace-accent dress, $60, at eloquii.com

  • Motel the Elsa cap-sleeve dress in emerald, $85, at misskl.com

  • Asos Curve Dolly skater dress in gold brocade, $97, at asos.com

  • Boohoo Rebecca foiled paisley open-back peplum dress, $40, at boohoo.com

  • Zara body-con dress with leather details, $100, at Zara, locations throughout the city; visit zara.com

  • H&M sleeveless dress, $15, at H&M locations throughout the city; visit hm.com

  • Mango floral lace dress, $100, at Mango, 561 Broadway at Prince St (212-343-7012, shop.mango.com)

  • Fashion to Figure Icy Hot sequined dress, $44, at Fashion to Figure, Kings Plaza Shopping Center, 5100 Kings Plaza, Flatbush Avenue at E 35th St, Midwood, Brooklyn (718-377-7040, fashiontofigure.com)

  • Oasis animal-print fit-and-flare dress, $95, at oasis.andotherbrands.com

  • Candie’s layered body-con dress, $68, at kohls.com

  • C. Luce Origami strapless dress, $69, at Piperlime, 121 Wooster St between Spring and Prince Sts (212-343-4284, piperlime.com)

  • Topshop velvet glitter star dress, $92, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

  • Motel Caramel dress, $100, at motelrocks.com

  • Asos Curve skater dress in sequins and lace, $59, at asos.com

  • Boohoo Kelly printed cap-sleeve maxi dress, $30, at boohoo.com

  • Zara cutout dress, $60, at Zara, locations throughout the city; visit zara.com

  • MM Couture India dress with polka-dot mesh panel, $74, at Pixie Market, 100 Stanton St between Ludlow and Orchard Sts (212-253-0953, pixiemarket.com)

  • eShakti Primavera beaded dress, $90, at eshakti.com

  • H&M sequined bodice dress, $30, at H&M locations throughout the city; visit hm.com

  • Mango crystal-embellished dress, $100, at Mango, 561 Broadway at Prince St (212-343-7012, shop.mango.com)

  • Rachel Rachel Roy black and marzipan ruched dress, $99, at rachelroy.com

  • See You Monday The SYM tie-dye dress, $68, at misskl.com

  • Forever 21 striped peplum combo dress, $25, at Forever 21, locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com

  • Photograph: Marty Crosley

    Lulu’s Drive My Car strapless dress, $38, at lulus.com

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    As U Wish black-and-white Art Deco–inspired strapless sequin dress, $50, at Mandee, 2540 Broadway between 95th and 96th Sts (212-666-1652)

  • Warehouse Baroque sweater dress, $85, at warehouse.andotherbrands.com

  • Muse laser-cut girly dress, $99, at museapparel.com

  • eshakti Golden Daffodils sheath dress, $80, at eshakti.com

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    London Times Fair Isle dress, $88, at londontimesfashion.com

  • Bar III rhinestone-studded tank dress, $89, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St at Seventh Ave (212-695-4400, macys.com)

  • Johnnie b Party dress, $68, at bodenusa.com

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

    Unif The Flounce dress, $62, at karmaloop.com

  • Apt. 9 cowl-neck sequined dress, $84, at kohls.com

  • Wet Seal 2fer strapless stripe dress, $30, at wetseal.com

  • Motel Lee Lee dress, $95, at misskl.com

  • Boohoo Chloe pearl-collar lace shift dress, $50, at boohoo.com

  • London Times one-shoulder dress, $88, at londontimesfashion.com

  • Warehouse geo-print dress, $80, at warehouse.andotherbrands.com

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    C. Graffitti scoop-neck tank dress with studded belt, $40, at Mandee, 2540 Broadway between 95th and 96th Sts (212-666-1652)

  • Boohoo Alicia cap-sleeve metallic printed midi dress, $40, at boohoo.com

  • Mango printed panel dress, $70, at Mango, 561 Broadway at Prince St (212-343-7012, shop.mango.com)

  • Asos lace midi dress with cowl-back, $70, at asos.com

  • Fashion to Figure Valentine lace dress, $45, at Fashion to Figure, King’s Plaza Mall, 5100 Kings Plaza, Flatbush Avenue at E 35th St Midwood, Brooklyn (718-377-7040, fashiontofigure.com)

  • Rachel Rachel Roy Copper Foil cocktail dress, $99, at rachelroy.com

  • Tommy Bahama lace tank dress, $94, at zappos.com

  • Torrid brocade belted tank dress, $69, at torrid.com

  • Photograph: Marty Crosley

    Lulu’s Grand Gesture lace dress, $47, at lulus.com

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Black sequin shift dress, $58, at Ruby and Jenna, 1282 Broadway at 32nd St (212-564-6935)

  • Warehouse glitter-print bodycon dress, $80, at warehouse.andotherbrands.com

  • Cha Cha Vente three-quarter-sleeve printed belted dress, $54, at Macy’s, 151 W 34th St at Seventh Ave (212-695-4400, macys.com)

  • Asos Curve skater dress in Metallic Dogtooth, $62, at asos.com

  • Mango printed asymmetric dress, $50, at Mango, 561 Broadway at Prince St (212-343-7012, shop.mango.com)

  • H&M cut-out shoulder dress, $18, at H&M locations throughout the city; visit hm.com

  • Sugar Lips crochet lace-side dress, $50, at Pixie Market, 100 Stanton St between Ludlow and Orchard Sts (212-253-0953, pixiemarket.com)

  • Forever 21 contrast-collar and bib dress, $25, at Forever 21, locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com

  • Photograph: Perry Hagopian

    Avenue one-shoulder dress, $78, at avenue.com

  • Muse shimmer twist-neck dress, $99, at museapparel.com

  • Photograph: Marty Crosley

    Lulu’s Planet of the Shapes shift dress, $44, at lulus.com

  • Fashion to Figure Strictly Ballroom strapless dress, $36, at Fashion to Figure, King’s Plaza Mall, 5100 Kings Plaza, Flatbush Avenue at E 35th St, Midwood, Brooklyn (718-377-7040, fashiontofigure.com)

  • Zara fitted dress with frill shoulders, $90, at Zara, locations throughout the city; visit zara.com

  • MM Couture sequin-skirt dress, $89, at Piperlime, 121 Wooster St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-343-4284, piperlime.com)

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Rehab heart cut-out velvet dress, $44, at Ruby and Jenna, 1282 Broadway at 32nd St (212-564-6935)

  • Boohoo Felicity floral-print midi dress, $30, at boohoo.com

  • Wet Seal Illusion Sweetheart lace dress, $30, at wetseal.com

  • Forever 21 Swiss dot bow dress, $25, at Forever 21, locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com

  • Quiksilver Morningside Native maxi dress, $80, at zappos.com

  • Photograph: Perry Hagopian

    Avenue Cold Shoulder belted drape-neck dress, $74, at avenue.com

  • Photograph: Marty Crosley

    Lulu’s How Bazaar Guatemalan-print dress, $42, at lulus.com

  • Rare maxi dress with bandage skirt and chain belt, $86, at asos.com

  • Stetson Charcoal stretch lace dress, $79, at drysales.com

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    C. Graffitti draped tank dress with gold-studded accent at waist, $40, at Mandee, 2540 Broadway between 95th and 96th Sts (212-666-1652)

  • Topshop rose dip hem dress, $92, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

  • Photograph: Perry Hagopian

    Avenue lace sheath dress, $98, at avenue.com

  • Torrid lace tank dress, $69, at torrid.com

  • Zara A-line jacquard dress, $90, at Zara, locations throughout the city; visit zara.com

  • Jessica London short pleated dress, $90, at onestopplus.com

  • London Times Blurred Plaid Ponte dress, $78, at londontimesfashion.com

  • Topshop Scuba peplum pencil dress, $96, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

  • Warehouse embellished dress, $98, at warehouse.andotherbrands.com

  • Forever 21 Kaleidoscope Paisley dress, $23, at Forever 21, locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Sugarlips sheer lace drop-waist dress, $58, at Ruby and Jenna, 1282 Broadway at 32nd St (212-564-6935)

  • Motel Heather dress, 90, at motelrocks.com

  • Photograph: Marty Crosley

    Lulu’s Enchants Encounter lace dress, $47, at lulus.com

  • Roxy Fall Doll dress, $50, at roxy.com

  • Old Navy scoop-neck sweater dress, $40, at Old Navy, locations throughout the city; visit oldnavy.com

  • Fashion to Figure Fawn for Autumn dress, $44, at Fashion to Figure, King’s Plaza Mall, 5100 Kings Plaza, Flatbush Avenue at E 35th St, Midwood, Brooklyn (718-377-7040, fashiontofigure.com)

  • Topshop Aztec midi tank dress, $64, at Topshop, 478 Broadway between Broome and Grand Sts (212-966-9555, topshop.com)

  • eShakti strapless dress, $70, at eshakti.com

  • Wet Seal Lace Illusion High-Low dress, $21, at wetseal.com

  • Oasis Crinkle Ponte dress, $90, at oasis.andotherbrands.com

  • LA Boutique one-shoulder sequin dress, $65, at misskl.com

H&M peplum dress, $35, at H&M locations throughout the city; visit hm.com


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