5 Short Party Dresses For The Holidays

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It’s party season, wahoo!  Aren’t you so excited?  For all the party-town, fancy-dancy parties of the season?  I’m not much of a cocktail party goer, but I love the idea of dressing other people for the holidays.  I’m more of a sweats + heating blanket + Benedict Cumberbatch (movies) on the couch kind of girl.  With some hot chai tea in hand, of course.


But YOU, you are a fancy party-goer!  And I have 5 short party dresses for the holidays just for you; because I love you.  I want you to be the best dressed girl at the big bash (whatever that might be) between now and January whatever.



The hemline of this party dress is short and the feel is vintage, but the accessories are totally modern.  Ready for a mature lady and her trademark legs.


cocktail dress


Ice Queen, in silver and black with perfect winter accessories including a crown (!) statement ring.  This queen is ready to party.


short party dress


A twenty-something city girl with a tutu hemline and chic accessories from the golden chandelier earrings and black + gold statement ring all the way down to the black bootie heels.  The faux fur vest / gilet / is the cherry on the proverbial cake.


5 short dresses



A lacy blue belted dress is innocent enough but the (optional) pink blazer adds a pop of sass.  The spike earrings and geometric cuff bracelet cut the sweet in half, and the Valentino vintage-style pumps take the whole thing from ho-hum to ho-ho-ho, jingle all the way!

5 short holiday dresses


I see gold people, everywhere! Head-to-toe in gold, this belle of the ball reeks of sophistication and Chanel No.5 from her NYC brownstone to the invite-only party uptown in the chic private loft of her fashion designer best friend.
1. Dolce Gabbana short dress / Mavina fur coat / Andrea Incontri grey pumps / BCBGMAXAZRIA gold purse / LeiVanKash unicorn jewelry, $425 / Statement ring / John & Pearl triangle earrings, $48
2. Miss Selfridge prom dress / TIBI leather shoes / Silver handbag, $37 / Emilio Pucci kohl jewelry / House of Waris white gold bracelet / Lynn Ban silver jewelry, $7,345 / Fur stole, $58 / OPI nail polish, $30
3. Alice Olivia black mini dress / Jane Norman faux fur gilet, $46 / MICHAEL Michael Kors high heel ankle boots / Party purse, $13 / IaM by Ileana Makri gold plated stud earrings / Kenneth jay lane jewelry
4. Oasis blue dress, $105 / River Island cotton jacket, $41 / Valentino royal blue pumps / Yves Saint Laurent black handbag / Eddie Borgo 18k jewelry / Chloé gold jewellery
5. Coast mini dress, $155 / Michael Antonio strappy sandals / Mulberry black purse / Swarovski gold jewelry / Pendant necklace

If you choose any one of these 5 basic party dress looks and use it as a basic template you’ll have a rocking holiday party season, guaranteed*.  I’ll see you on the couch.


*not 100% guaranteed to make you the star of the party, but close.

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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