Sexy Affordable Dresses for Black-Tie Events


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It’s hard to find an affordable black-tie event dress. The best ones seem to ride consistently in the $500+ range. Sure, you can find nice dresses for less money, but you can’t wear just any nice dress to a black tie affair. The classic maxim ‘dress for the job you want not the job you have’ applies in any professional situation, not just during a job interview. If you show up to the annual company gala in a casual dress, you could be missing a big opportunity to impress your boss and court relationships that will help you get ahead.

You shouldn’t settle for casual or semi-formal due to your pocketbook, and luckily, you don’t have to. There is beautiful glam out there you won’t have to bend over backward to afford. Whether you’re looking for a sleek black dress or something with a little more color and sheen, here are some cheap black-tie dresses you can feel confident wearing this holiday season.

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IVA CREPE MAXI

This long, textured crepe skirt has an intricate split-back bodice that flows into a slim column. The minimal silhouette is regal and simple, a stunning backdrop for sparkling jewels and accessories. At only $298, this red dress will make you eye-candy for sure.

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TADASHI SHOJI LACE SIDE TRAIL-BACK GOWN

A black dress adorned with floral laces on the sides, this Tadashi Shoji is ornate without being pretentious. The black-gold fits thematically with parties year-round from spring flora and fauna to winter snowflakes. It’s currently available for $280, marked down from the original $468. Grab this perennial steal before it’s too late!

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REFORMATION SILK MAXI DRESS

In red or black, this silk dress mixes the vintage look of a classic slip dress with a modern versatility. Incorporate a solid slip if you’re going for a formal evening or slip the dress on over a t-shirt for some casual 90s nostalgia. Not too bad for $300.

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AIDAN MATTOX LACE & JERSEY GOWN

This ageless dress is a lesson in beautiful contrasts and color relationships. The vivid blue of the bodice pops when combined with the sleek black column. A satin waistband gently separates the two designs and gives the gown an organized uniform feel. You can get this beauty for $197.98.

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HAUTE HIPPIE DEEP V BODYSUIT

A black-tie affair is no reason to be reserved with your style. You can be refined and brash with your fashion. This metallic bodysuit with spaghetti straps and a soft blouson bodice finds a nice balance between the latest runway trends and classic cocktail chic. All that for $195 isn’t bad at all.

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WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET INAUGURAL COLLECTION

Last but not least, this is a whole collection of evening dresses ranging from $180 – $300. Designed to imitate some of the iconic looks our recent First Ladies have worn to Presidential balls over the years, each one of these is a stunner. If you want an affordable, dependable collection to browse, this is it.


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