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    34 Dresses So Gorgeous That They're Worth The Splurge

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    1. A Gal Meets Glam fit and flare midi dress in such a classic silhouette, you'll be able to wear it for years and years and years.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "I love this dress! I have it in multiple colors. The pockets are in the perfect position so they do not widen the dress. It's easy to wear and looks great dressed up or down." —dcweddingguest

    Get it from Nordstrom for $178 (available in sizes 00-20 and in navy and black).

    2. An embroidered mini dress – all your friends will want to know the ~stitch~ about it and immediately ask you where you got it.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ordered this dress for a work holiday party, and I am so glad I did. I received so many compliments on this dress, and it was even cuter in person. I went off reviews and decided to order one size up to avoid tightness in the chest area, and I am glad I did. The fit was perfect." —Alison Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $59.98 (available in sizes S-XXL).

    3. A midi dress you ~tulle-y~ won't want to take off at the end of the night because it's so comfortable and will make you feel like a real ~star~.

    ModCloth, Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    And I would know because I wore this dress to my holiday party and loved every minute of it. It was so gorgeous, the second I slipped it on, I knew it was the one. It made me feel like a superstar, and I was able to run around all night with my friends and be comfortable the whole time. Plus, once I got home, I actually got sad when I knew I had to take it off and started thinking of other events I could wear it to ASAP because it's THAT good.

    Get it from ModCloth for $119 (available in sizes XXS-4X).

    4. A lace gown for that wedding you were invited to where you totally forgot it was black tie and need a great dress that won't overshadow the bride.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am almost six feet tall, wear a size 18 and have 40 DDD boobs. And this dress fits!!!! I was so skeptical even after reading the reviews. But the lace stretches. The velvet even stretches. I have broad shoulders so I usually have trouble zipping up a gown, but it zips! I can even pull it on over my head, already zipped, when my husband isn't there to help! The inseam of the dress is even long on me! EVERYONE MUST HAVE THIS DRESS. It is romantic and steampunk wrapped in one. IT IS TRUE LOVE." —Tonya Hague

    Get it from Amazon for $55.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and six colors).

    5. A wrap maxi for when you're ~feline~ a little ~wild~ and want to show the world just how much of a fashionista you are.

    ELOQUII

    Promising review: "Bought this dress in the hummingbird floral print and oh my goodness. It is the dress I never knew I needed in my life. It’s perfect in every way — I wanted to try it on for size as soon as I received it, so I threw it on in my mess of a post-workout state and knew I had to make a PSA for y’all to go buy it. It’s stunning. I sized down from a 16 to a 14 and I’d say DEFINITELY size down. I love this dress and can’t wait to wear it out." —Kelsie19

    Get it from ELOQUII for $119.95+ (available in sizes 14–28 and 13 colors and patterns).

    6. An off-the-shoulder lace number that'll make you feel like a million bucks every time you wear it.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is my new fav dress! The quality is very nice for the price. The lace is soft and not scratchy at all. The dress is fitted but has a good amount of stretch, so it's comfortable to sit and walk up and down the stairs in. The stretch makes the off-the-shoulder cut actually stay off the shoulder and is very comfortable to wear. I wore this to a wedding and danced all night without having to adjust the dress. I received soooo many compliments at the wedding from complete strangers. I felt very beautiful in this dress. I highly recommend this dress." —Shelly V.

    Get it from Amazon $49.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in five colors).

    7. A turtleneck sweater dress designed to make it feel like you're wearing a big blanket all day, but in the best way possible.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "This dress is exactly as pictured. The sweater quality is excellent and the color is deep in rich. It is flattering. I love it!!" —jfave

    Get it from Anthropologie for $180 (available in sizes XXS-XL, XS-XL petite).

    8. A tulle gown you'll really and truly ~bloom~ in and be the belle of the ball when you wear it. Just wait till all the compliments start rolling in.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this dress for a formal party. I sent them an email with my measurements and accidentally typed 44 instead of 34 for one of the measurements, and they caught my mistake and emailed me to make sure. The dress came a little earlier than I expected, so I was happy that I could do any alterations if needed — but the dress was PERFECT. It fit me exactly right and I got tons of compliments on it. It's made with good material, and it looks exactly like the picture. I'm wearing three or four-inch heels in the picture, and the dress was the perfect length. It's definitely worth the money." —Lovedeep

    Get it from Amazon for $83 (available in sizes 2–26 Plus and 22 styles).

    9. A color-block number to help you stand out in the crowd.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "This dress is perfect in every way for me. The fit is exactly what it said it would be. The colors are simply beautiful and the contrasts complement each other. I will definitely recommend this dress to others. I was very happy with the dress." —Krasnesol

    Get it from Nordstrom for $74.49 (available in sizes 0-14).

    10. A rhinestone dress so you can actually shine bright like a diamond every time you wear it.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress exceeded my expectations beyond belief! A friend of mine thought I ordered it from a boutique website she viewed it on for $300! The material is thick but has a fair stretch to it. The fit of the dress is very comfortable and flattering. The length is very elegant. I would wear this dress 1000% again!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $73 (available in sizes S–XXXL and in three styles).

    11. A shift dress because one can never, and I mean never, have too many LBDs. I mean, come on, they're a classic for a reason!

    Draper James

    Promising review: This is a beautiful dress! I love the pattern on this simple black dress. It's a keeper!" —Amy d.

    Get it from Draper James for $125 (available in sizes XS-3X).

    12. An absolutely stunning ball gown that'll make you feel like Cinderella at the ball without the part about having to run home to make your midnight curfew and losing a shoe along the way.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I assume you’re hesitant to buy this dress, but don’t be! Buy it. The fabric is gorgeous, and the fit is amazing. The dress was very long when I initially purchased it, so I had to get it shortened, and I’m a tall woman (5’8”). I also removed the modesty skirt on the inside because the fabric underneath was not very nice. I received so many compliments in this dress. I'M TELLING YOU, BUY IT, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!" —kimara mcgee

    Get it from Amazon for $99.98 (available in sizes 2-28 and in 30 colors).

    13. A high-neck dress with a thigh-high slit for a little bit of extra drama sure to turn heads.

    Reformation

    Promising review: "This was the first Reformation dress I’ve ever purchased, and I wasn’t sure if it’d be worth the money. It exceeded my expectations. It is so beautiful. I’ve already worn it three times and received many compliments. Good quality and fit. Highly recommend." —AlexandraG1220

    Get it from Nordstrom for $248 (available in sizes 0-12).

    14. A side-slit little black sweater dress – when your friends ask you where you got it from, you'll say, "Sorry, my hands are ~tied~".

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is my first review ever, but I had to comment on this dress. It's perfect! If you're looking for a LBSD, this is the one. Fabric is smooth, almost silky. Not itchy or bulky. Turtleneck is loose but not floppy. You could dress it up or down. The tie is actually nice because it breaks up the ribbing pattern and accents the waist. You could tie front and center, or to the side. For reference, I'm 5'2" and 112 pounds. 35-26-36. Purchased a small and love the fit — it's not too clingy. I could maybe get away with an extra small if I wanted this to be sort of bodycon, but I don't. Love this and highly recommend!" —gresley

    Get it from Amazon for $79.50 (available in sizes XS–XL and two colors).

    15. A shift dress with a beautiful lace pattern that can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with sandals. It's all about versatility.

    Lilly Pulitzer

    Promising review: "I was so excited to get this dress, and it was more beautiful in person! The lining is a light pink—very subtle but gorgeous. The lace floral pattern is stunning! It fits perfectly and will work for a holiday party in California or a dinner in Hawaii. It works well with heels or nice sandals." —KLOVESPINK

    Get it from Lily Pulitzer for $268 (available in sizes 00-16).

    16. A lace fit and flare dress you'll be ~v~ excited to wear to the summer party that you look forward to every year.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is amazing. The dress perfectly fit me! It doesn't cut down too low into the chest region and it cinches and flares right at the mid-section. Additionally, the lace and base material feel great — heavy and good quality. Also, it doesn't seem to wrinkle! Going to be wearing this to the courthouse when I get married in two weeks. So glad this worked out, as I have already gone through MANY trials with more expensive dresses that didn't do near the justice that this dress did!" —C. Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $53.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and six colors).

    17. A puff-sleeve dress made with 7% spandex, so it won't be a ~stretch~ to say that you'll find yourself grabbing this as often as possible.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This dress is so cute and fun to layer. I wore this to my Thanksgiving party and got tons of compliments. I plan on wearing it more. It's wonderful" —aallie

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $89 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    18. An embroidered wrap dress that proves you don't have to compromise your style for modesty.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've only worn this dress for one full day, but there were probably six to eight different people approaching me to tell me how pretty it was and wanting to know where I got it. On top of being beautiful, it is comfortable, flattering, and forgiving of any problem areas. As others have said, it's a very thick material, so it does not feel cheap in any way. I would buy 100 more of these dresses. It exceeded expectations!!!" —Rose Kowalski

    Get it from Amazon for $54.98 (available in sizes S–XXL).

    19. A ruffle dress so beautiful it will make you want to twirl the second you put it on.

    Loft

    Promising review: "This dress is so cute. It definitely looks very expensive! I’m looking forward to wearing to a holiday party and then dressing it down with a denim jacket. So excited about it!!!!" —ac94

    Get it from Loft for $99.50 (available in sizes XS-L, XS-XL petite, and 14-26).

    20. An mermaid gown with such intricate beading everyone who sees it will say, "Wow".

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Ok, this dress made me feel like a princess, period. I could have never imagined that it would be so beautiful. Do yourself a favor, and order the next size up. I had breast cancer and had a double mastectomy with no reconstruction, so the idea of formal dress shopping was not my idea of fun. I was able to get a padded flesh tone strapless bra with enhancers and rock it! This dress made me feel more beautiful than I did on my wedding day!" —Crazy Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $82.99 (sizes 2–16 in seven colors) or $98.69 (sizes 16–26 and in seven colors).

    21. A midi designed with the perfect amount of boho style so you can get that laid back, relaxed yet cool feeling you've been trying to achieve for awhile.

    Free People

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite Free People Dress! The fit is perfect! It's well made and flatters my figure. The colors are vibrant! I did buy a full slip as the dress is cut a little low for me, but the lace peeking out looks good! I would highly recommend this dress! It's definitely a statement dress!" —HARLEYGIRL19

    Get it from Free People for $168 (available in sizes 0-12 and in two styles).

    22. A 20's-inspired stunner that'll have you waiting for your invitation to a party at Gatsby's house because you'll be ready to shine.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this dress. I wore it to a Gatsby party and got compliments all night. I had strangers coming up to me taking photos. I've bought other sequin gowns and they cut up my arms. Not this beauty. It's well made and comfortable." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in four styles).

    23. A vegan leather slip dress that'll make you feel extra cool the second you put it on and even cooler when you remember that it's environmentally conscious!

    Universal Standard

    Promising review: "I love the idea of a little black dress, and this style takes that up a notch with a little bit of edge. It is perfect for layering with a turtle neck or for a night on the town as is. Plus, it has the added bonus of being environmentally conscious!" —SAMANTHA Y.

    Get it from Universal Standard for $130 (available in sizes 4XS-4XL).

    24. A bell-sleeve lace gown you'll immediately want to take a picture in because you know you're extra fabulous wearing it and all your Insta followers need to see this greatness.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love it! Got this for my cello recital and it’s perfect — soft and comfy/not made out of stiff material at all, roomy enough in the shoulders to swing your arms around, yet fitted in the waist, and a big enough skirt to spread your legs like pants without showing a thing. Got lots of compliments on it and would highly recommend to anyone looking to be the best-dressed person in the room!" —Mary C. Pogue

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and five colors).

    25. A wrap dress that'll be your go-to when you're not really feeling anything else in your closet becuase this is such a classic you can just throw on—like an old t-shirt, there to comfort you when you need it most.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "This dress is gorgeous. I am very curvy and find it difficult to find dresses I can wear with ease. The material is extremely comfortable. The structure of the dress with its wrap style accentuates all the right things." —Lolarelli

    Get it from Nordstrom for $88 (available in sizes 1X–3X and six styles).

    26. A sweater dress you'll wear so much you might as well put a couple in your cart because you're going to want to have a few options.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this dress. I got it in medium, and I would say it runs on the larger side of medium but still fits. It has an extremely flattering cut and the fabric has a bit of stretch to it without being clingy." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $59 (available in sizes XS-XL and in six colors).

    27. A velvet twisted dress for a ~smooth~ look that'll go over so well at your office party. Pretty soon everyone will start coming to you for fashion advice, so be careful!

    Banana Republic

    Promising review: "I love the look, feel, and fit of this dress. It has a very classic look!" —Lisa12

    Get it from Banana Republic for $69+ (available in sizes 0-20, 2-16 tall, 00-14 petite).

    28. A bandage stunner for sure to turn heads wherever you go. You might even feel like you're an A-list celeb wearing this. Paparazzi stay away!!!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress is absolutely beautiful, and 5 days after the event ended, I'm still receiving comments and being asked where I got it from. You can't go wrong with this dress it pulls in at all the right places." —Kimberly

    Get it from Amazon for $59 (available in sizes XS-XL and in eight styles).

    29. A beaded number with chiffon sleeves to keep you covered but not overheated during the night.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The pictures do not do this dress justice! It is stunning. The fit is perfect (I used their size chart) and looks great on." —dwoods

    Get it from Amazon for $67.95 (available in sizes S–XXL and 11 styles).

    30. A cape dress designed for one reason and one reason only: to make you feel like a superhero more important than those in the Marvel and DC universes combined.

    ELOQUII

    Promising review: "This dress is gorgeous!!! The fit is perfect and very comfortable. I got a lot of compliments, and it made me feel beautiful and sexy." —Ethel L.

    Get it from ELOQUII for $129.95 (available in sizes 14-28 and in five colors).

    31. A sheath number that when you put on will make you feel like the one and only Kate Middleton. You queen, you.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "This dress is very sharp and elegant. A true classic! Will always be in style. I felt like Audrey Hepburn in it at our social and received so many compliments. It fit like a glove, very sexy yet classy at the same time." —dresstothenines

    Get it from Nordstrom for $148 (available in sizes 0-16).

    32. An a-line masterpiece – when anyone compliments you on it, you'll respond, "Thanks, it has pockets!!" because that's really the best feature of any dress.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I wore this dress for a formal charity ball. It was absolutely gorgeous. It fit perfectly. I ordered a size 4. I wear a 32D typically. I could have probably gone down a size. We had to lace it up tight in the back. I received compliments on it all night. It's a very high quality dress." —Ang

    Get it from Amazon for $89 (available in sizes 2-26 and in 12 colors).

    33. A color-block sweater dress for something a little different in your closet – you'll grab it on a rainy day when you just want to feel cozy and like you're still in bed without having to actually be back in bed.

    Madewell

    Promising review: "This is a true fall/winter staple dress! The colors seem a bit random but work so well together! It has a slightly retro vibe, which adds so much flair. I wore with my white pointy mules for a sleek, retro look. The fabric is indeed the 'coziest yarn.' Super warm and seems of high quality. Already have received tons of compliments and envious stares. ;) I highly, highly recommend this dress!" —Amy3191

    Get it from Madewell for $79.99 (available in sizes S-XXL).

    34. A sequin maxi you'll ~gliterally~ fall in love with the second you see it and again when you put it on because it is THAT good.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This dress did not disappoint. Purchase it!!! The compliments kept coming. This dress is not a showstopper, IT IS THE SHOW!!! SIZE UP AND SLAY!!" —J. P. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $56.99 (available in sizes 2-18 and in 14 styles).

    What you'll feel like doing the second you put any of these dresses on:

    Color Force

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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