Interpreting Holiday Party Dress Codes: Semi-Formal

This week, I’m talking about interpreting holiday party dress codes! First, I talked about Black Tie here, and today we’re talking about Semi-Formal.

For most big company holiday parties, the dress code is often semi-formal, otherwise known as cocktail attire. Personally, I think this is the easiest dress code to interpret because all you need to know is that cocktail dresses are appropriate!

There are a million cocktail dresses out there, but I tried to find ones that I really would wear, that were fun and unique without being too bold and crazy, and covered me up so I would feel comfortable.

Click through for 10 great cocktail dresses at every price point!

  • Semi-Formal Dress Code 1 of 11

    Click through for 10 great dresses, perfectly appropriate for any semi-formal party!

  • Tribeca Your Best Dress 2 of 11

    This pretty lace dress is simple, classic, and so flattering to almost any body type. It's a perfect little black dress.

    Find it at ModCloth for $52.99.

  • Marina Lace Cocktail Dress 3 of 11

    This gray/silver choice is fun and festive for a holiday party, and unique without being too bold. 

    Find it at Macy's for $129 (more colors available!)

  • Cap-Sleeve Metallic-Lace Cocktail Dress 4 of 11

    The sleeves on this dress are amazing. A very fun detail for a simple little blue dress.

    Find it at Macy's for $179

  • Fancy Dancer Dress 5 of 11

    Lace and tulle ... could you get a more fun and feminine combination? I love this dress. 

    Find it at ModCloth for $59.99.

  • Francoise Lace Dress 6 of 11

    This gorgeous dress is the perfect shade of burgundy, and a festive, but not too loud, choice for a holiday party.

    Find it at J.Crew for $495.

  • In Living Luster Dress 7 of 11

    This slinky silver and black number is super sexy while being extremely covered up. Plus, the thinner silver silhouette in the middle of the dress is very slimming! 

    Find it at ModCloth for $49.99.

  • Cap-Sleeve Sequin Jersey Dress 8 of 11

    Who could resist a little black dress with a sequined bodice?!

    Find it at Macy's for $113 (on sale!)

  • Matilda Dress in Liquid Jersey 9 of 11

    The curved sweetheart neckline on this dress makes it for me. It turns a simple black dress into a really lovely dress.

    Find it at J.Crew for $250.

  • Patra Cap-Sleeve Lace Sheath Dress 10 of 11

    Most lace dresses I've seen have a smaller, more intricate lace pattern. This large lace makes a bolder statement, but is subdued by the light color. So pretty. 

    Find it at Macy's for $129 (on sale!)

  • Lace & Tulle Sheath Dress 11 of 11

    I'm completely in love with this lacy dress. The monochromatic coloring, the strap details at the waist for a slimming effect, the scalloped neckline and sleeves? It's all so gorgeous. The worst part would be deciding which color to buy!

    Find it at Nordstrom for $298 (many more colors available!)

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