Find the Perfect Holiday Dress

Find the Perfect Holiday Dress

With the holidays approaching and party invitations coming in or thoughts of hosting your own festivities you wonder how to find the perfect holiday dress. There are many choices to find a dress that won't break the bank, keeps you on budget and helps you to look and feel your best.

How to Find the Perfect Holiday Dress

Department Stores

Go shopping at your favorite department store for a holiday dress prepared to try on several styles of dresses to find the best fit and look for your body type.

Wear the appropriate undergarments if possible such as control top panty hose, a well fitted bra, your favorite spanx or other best fitting pieces that you'd wear under a holiday dress.

To find the most flattering fit of a dress, wear or bring along your favorite pair of heels that will help your legs look their best. *Petite women will find that heels create a longer appearing leg that is more flattering with a dress.

Look for the sale racks in the back of the store for the best deals on discontinued or inventory reduction holiday dresses.

Go shopping early in the season for the best selection, especially if you wear very small or very large size since these items are usually in limited supply.

Consignment Shops

Consignment shops can be a great way to find a holiday dress at a significant discount from a brand new dress.

Consignment shops accept gently worn clothing from the general public with the stipulation that the item has no stains, rips, tears or fading. Many times they offer holiday dresses at a great sale price because they item is gently used.

Try the clothing on since many consignment shops do not allow returns and all sales are final.

Finding a new holiday dress at a consignment shop is usually much less even with the cost of dry cleaning it.

Thrift Shops

Thrift shops are another place to look for the perfect holiday dress. Many people donate brand new clothing that still has the tags on if it no longer fits them and it's worth checking into the local thrift shops frequently as their inventory changes weekly.

Dress Boutique

Check your local dress boutique for unique, one-of-a-kind clothing especially during the holidays. These shops typically have different vendors that they purchase from compared to the department stores. They look for unusual clothing pieces like dresses so you won't see someone else wearing your dress at a party.

Borrow or Trade

If you have a friend or family member that is the same size as you, consider borrowing a holiday dress from them. You could trade something for them to borrow and save all the expenses of purchasing a new dress.

Use the money you saved by borrowing a holiday dress on new shoes or new accessories to coordinate with what you'll be wearing.


Online shopping is great for so many reasons:

Search online in the comfort of your home any hour of the day.

Search online according to color, size or style of holiday dress from the most casual to the most glamorous dresses possible.

Look for promotional codes that many stores offer during holiday shopping, especially for women's wear and holiday dresses.

Check all of your favorite brick and mortar stores – most of them also have an online store so that you can compare between the store and online.

Many online stores offer free shipping with a certain amount purchased.

Look for stores that offer a free gift with purchase to assist you in your holiday shopping- you get the holiday dress and you get a free gift for someone on your gift list.

Look for multiple purchase discounts as an added way to save money shopping online.

Online stores usually offer returns but, always double check the policies to make sure you're not stuck with a dress that won't fit or suit you.

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