So my husband has a new job this year so instead of the regular Christmas party where I wear dress pants and get to talk to people who are basically our friends...His new job is hosting a big Christmas party at a local hotel...(very nice place)...any who while I am excited to meet everyone...I have nothing to wear. They said ladies should wear cocktail dresses....so i have to go buy one.
Anyone know a good place to start....I literally have not bought a dress since before I gave birth to my son whom is now almost 6....I'm a little freaked out...I really need to make a good impression.
JC Pennies or Dillards would probably be where I start.
You might also want to consider shopping vintage stores.
Ross is a good place to find a nice dress that's not too expensive. A black dress is always good, and somewhere around knee length...not too short to sit in and not so long that it looks like a prom dress. If it's going to be cold, then you need a jacket or shawl that's as dressy as your dress.
Don't worry, you'll have fun!
Ross does have really nice dresses for GREAT prices. I found one there that was a Saks brand for...$12 dollars!!!! Dillard's has a great selection as well, but more expensive. And have fun!
I'm in the same boat as you are this year! We haven't gone out like this since before my oldest was born 5yrs ago. I just got my dress this past weekend at Macy's They apparently were having a sale and their in-store sales are usually pretty good. I got a black $178 Calvin Klein dress for $79. They do have cute dresses that are a lot cheaper than that though.
I just bought two party dresses at Ross yesterday for a total of $44.00. TJ Maxx also has lots of dresses. I found so many great clearance summer dresses, the season changed before I got to wear them all!
I've heard good things about Bealls and Stein Mart, if you have those. They have primarily misses sizes. I wear juniors, so I don't shop there personally.
Macy's usually has a good selection of winter cocktail dresses.
thanks ladies...I am definitely going to check out those suggestions. I was already thinking maybe Ross and tj max....also we have a kohls that I have recently discovered and love. Thanks again....I guess I'm just a little nervous since this is a 2-year temp job we are hoping to turn permanent.
My new favorite clothing store is Burlington Coat Factory. Great prices and very stylish clothes and accessories.
Do you have a Kohl's near you? They have a pretty good selection and usually really good sales.
Update...I found my dress today at tj max for $20! Hubby loves it..thanks for all your help.
Buy a black dress. I still wear my $20 black dress from Macy's. I purchased it on sale during thanksgiving week.
You can always dress up a black dress. Try macy's, kohl's, or any discount clothing store. I never pay full price.
ummm.....If I could own my own TJ Maxx store, I would. I luurrvve it. 98% of my name brands are from there.
Um..don't know if this is too late or not..but...not sure what size you wear either..BUT..if you wear plus sizes..I bought a beautiful black dress at layne bryant for around 85.00. It is sleeveless, but i just wore a shawl over my shoulders for added coverage. HTH