I’ve always dreamed of hosting an extravagant holiday soiree. You know those glitzy, swinging, Gatsby-esque bashes you’ve only seen in the movies?
The kind of party where you step out of the cold, through colossal mansion doors and into a foyer paved with black and white checkered marble. Fresh garland and twinkle lights wrap all the way up the extensive wood banister eventually leading your eye to a candlelit chandelier.
This place is enchanting.
Before you can blink you’re greeted by two gentlemen donning tuxedos. One of them promptly takes your coat, the other hands you a flute of champagne and directs you along to the party.
You walk into the main room and there’s the tree, two stories high, casting a soft glow on the cheerful faces of guests. Dozens of long, glittery gowns and peak lapel tuxedos sashay their way across the floor. There’s a crowd huddled around the white baby grande, singing and swaying along with the pianist who’s unquestionably drunk yet never misses a note.
This is a party Jay Gatsby himself would be proud of.
You smile, take a sip of champagne, and sashay the night away.
Remember the days of justifying buying an expensive dress simply by promising yourself you’ll wear it multiple times throughout the year? Before the days of Facebook when you didn’t have to worry about being tagged in the same dress at different events?
Oh, the horror!
I hardly remember life before social but I do know that I don’t want to pay several hundreds of dollars for a dress I may wear once or twice. So with that said, I look to buy dresses that give the illusion of “expensive” without the hefty price tag.
This red number from Asos.com is so simple and elegant. At a price tag of only $150, the off-the-shoulder sleeves and fishtail train makes it look and feel like a million bucks.
To help with your search as we head into more Christmas (and eventually New Year’s) parties, I’ve rounded up my favorite formal gown picks under $200!