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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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1. Via Gypset

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2311 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 803-2874
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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]

2. Violet Boutique

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2439 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 621-9225
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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]

3. Lou Lou Clothing Boutique

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1623 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 817-3089
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At the clothing shop for Lou Lou, find both boho and ladylike party dress options. [Image]

4. Lettie Gooch Boutique

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1517 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-4242
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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]

5. Treasury Vintage

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1843 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-9499
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Go back to an era when people got really dressed up with Treasury's edited selection of vintage formalwear. [Image]

6. Urban Chic

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1626 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-5398
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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]

7. Wink

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3109 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-6887
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Want to go the black jumpsuit route for holiday parties this year? Wink has that covered, as well as more traditional sparkly options. [Photo]

8. Karen Millen

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1259 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-0280
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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]

9. Ella-Rue

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3236 P St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-1598
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Ella-Rue is party dress central this time of year. Find sparkly and glam new dresses and consigned pieces. [Image]

10. BCBG

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3210 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-2224
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Shop BCBG's dramatic evening gowns at their spacious Georgetown shop. [Image]

11. Current Boutique Arlington

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2529 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-3079
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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]

12. Nordstrom

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1400 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 415-1121
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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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1. Via Gypset

2311 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008
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]
2311 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC 20008

2. Violet Boutique

2439 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The gilded options at Violet Boutique are so affordable, your NYE party ticket will probably cost more than your party dress. [Image]
2439 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Lou Lou Clothing Boutique

1623 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
At the clothing shop for Lou Lou, find both boho and ladylike party dress options. [Image]
1623 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

4. Lettie Gooch Boutique

1517 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Lettie Gooch's new holiday dresses from Taylor are pretty adorable, and they stock more casual, printed party dresses too. [Photo]
1517 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Treasury Vintage

1843 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Go back to an era when people got really dressed up with Treasury's edited selection of vintage formalwear. [Image]
1843 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Urban Chic

1626 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
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]
1626 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. Wink

3109 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Want to go the black jumpsuit route for holiday parties this year? Wink has that covered, as well as more traditional sparkly options. [Photo]
3109 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. Karen Millen

1259 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
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]
1259 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. Ella-Rue

3236 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Ella-Rue is party dress central this time of year. Find sparkly and glam new dresses and consigned pieces. [Image]
3236 P St NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. BCBG

3210 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Shop BCBG's dramatic evening gowns at their spacious Georgetown shop. [Image]
3210 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

11. Current Boutique Arlington

2529 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
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]
2529 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

12. Nordstrom

1400 S Hayes St, Arlington, VA 22202
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]
1400 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202