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10th Commandment: December 4

Since my previous post on dresses for holiday parties, I’ve received a few e-mails from readers who are looking for a sleeker alternative to lace, sequins or sheer.


Bailey 44 Cap Sleeve Side Ruched Dress ($202)

Bailey 44 is one of my favorite brands for cool t-shirts, however, they also make some of the nicest dresses in the mid-price point.  I adore this ruched dress with a cut-out in the shoulder, it reminds me of Helmut Lang.  I also like the modern way that they use sheer on their Decompression dress to create a dress that is sexy without being revealing.  And if you like mini-dresses with long sleeve, their popular Lorax dress comes in suede trim or leather trim.

Need something similar for less?  Try this doo.ri Asymmetrical Dress or this Zara tube dress with a sheer sleeve.  If you want something modern, that isn’t too tight, I also like this Tinley Road Stella dress and this dolman sleeve knitted sweater dress.

Also, if you’re in the market for holiday dresses at a discount, don’t miss the consignment shops.  Many women buy cocktail dresses and only wear them once before putting them up for sale.  I’ve found some great deals this way.  If you’re in D.C., try Redzz in Georgetown or Bethesda and the shops in Alexandria.

Plus-size: Calvin Klein Sleeveless Bandage Dress ($120)  Petite: ASOS Strappy Midi Dress ($27)