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Where to Buy Holiday Party Dresses in Washington

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In between shopping for everyone else, why not get yourself something pretty too? This is the season of office holiday parties and NYE fetes, so a new party dress is practically a necessity. You should be able to write it off on your taxes. No? Anyway, here are 12 merry-making shops in the Washington, D.C. area where you can find a shiny, sparkly gown for all your festivities this time of year.


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Via Gypset

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Vintage and consignment shop Via Gypset stocks intriguing designer gown options— including a Prada dress that was worn by a Washingtonian to the Emmys. [Image]

Violet Boutique

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The gilded options at Violet Boutique are so affordable, your NYE party ticket will probably cost more than your party dress. [Image]

Lou Lou Clothing Boutique

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At the clothing shop for Lou Lou, find both boho and ladylike party dress options. [Image]

Lettie Gooch Boutique

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Lettie Gooch's new holiday dresses from Taylor are pretty adorable, and they stock more casual, printed party dresses too. [Photo]

Treasury Vintage

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Go back to an era when people got really dressed up with Treasury's edited selection of vintage formalwear. [Image]

Urban Chic

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With brands like Alice + Olivia and Shoshanna, Urban Chic is a great stop for unique cocktail party dresses in the $200 and above range. [Image]
Want to go the black jumpsuit route for holiday parties this year? Wink has that covered, as well as more traditional sparkly options. [Photo]

Karen Millen

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Whether you're looking for something to wear for an office party or a NYE hotspot, it's fun to browse tailored options at British brand Karen Millen's shop in Georgetown. [Image]

Ella-Rue

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Ella-Rue is party dress central this time of year. Find sparkly and glam new dresses and consigned pieces. [Image]
Shop BCBG's dramatic evening gowns at their spacious Georgetown shop. [Image]

Current Boutique Arlington

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Those who love the thrill of the hunt should stalk the party dresses at Current Boutique consignment shop, located in Arlington, Alexandria, Bethesda, and D.C. [Image]

Nordstrom

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Besides Nordstrom's usual selection of cocktail dresses and gowns, fast fashion fans owe it to themselves to try on party dresses in the Topshop section. [Image: Adele Chapin]

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Via Gypset

Vintage and consignment shop Via Gypset stocks intriguing designer gown options— including a Prada dress that was worn by a Washingtonian to the Emmys. [Image]

Violet Boutique

The gilded options at Violet Boutique are so affordable, your NYE party ticket will probably cost more than your party dress. [Image]

Lou Lou Clothing Boutique

At the clothing shop for Lou Lou, find both boho and ladylike party dress options. [Image]

Lettie Gooch Boutique

Lettie Gooch's new holiday dresses from Taylor are pretty adorable, and they stock more casual, printed party dresses too. [Photo]

Treasury Vintage

Go back to an era when people got really dressed up with Treasury's edited selection of vintage formalwear. [Image]

Urban Chic

With brands like Alice + Olivia and Shoshanna, Urban Chic is a great stop for unique cocktail party dresses in the $200 and above range. [Image]

Wink

Want to go the black jumpsuit route for holiday parties this year? Wink has that covered, as well as more traditional sparkly options. [Photo]

Karen Millen

Whether you're looking for something to wear for an office party or a NYE hotspot, it's fun to browse tailored options at British brand Karen Millen's shop in Georgetown. [Image]

Ella-Rue

Ella-Rue is party dress central this time of year. Find sparkly and glam new dresses and consigned pieces. [Image]

BCBG

Shop BCBG's dramatic evening gowns at their spacious Georgetown shop. [Image]

Current Boutique Arlington

Those who love the thrill of the hunt should stalk the party dresses at Current Boutique consignment shop, located in Arlington, Alexandria, Bethesda, and D.C. [Image]

Nordstrom

Besides Nordstrom's usual selection of cocktail dresses and gowns, fast fashion fans owe it to themselves to try on party dresses in the Topshop section. [Image: Adele Chapin]