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It's holiday party season which means it's party dress shopping time. It's no fun to wear the same look to fête after fête—or, worse, to wake up realizing you annihilated your dress with spilled drinks and a poorly timed taxi door slam—so save your cash for great shoes and pick up a bunch of inexpensive dresses instead.

After the jump, we've mapped out ten stores perfect for non-committal party dresses including the biggest selections at the usual suspects (H&M, Zara) and some shops you might have overlooked.


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1. Rent the Runway at Henri Bendel

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712 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 247-1100
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Dress rental website Rent the Runway has shacked up inside Henri Bendel for a super-convenient way to get your hands on everything from Cushnie et Ochs to Nicole Miller. Walk in any time, or make an appointment ahead of time to have your selects waiting for you. [Photo]

2. Zara

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666 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 371-2555
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With two floors chock-full of the Spanish chain's trend-conscious offerings, the brand's biggest store is a solid choice for last-minute cheap dress hunting. Just don't be surprised if another party guest is sporting the same ensemble. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
640 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(855) 466-7467
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H&M's tremendous Fifth Avenue flagship is a holy grail of fast fashion, and it's basically overflowing with party dresses it'd be totally OK to only wear once or twice. Here's an idea of what's in store now. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

4. Darling

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1 Horatio St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 336-6966
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No matter what the occasion, dresses are the name of the game at Darling, so make it one of your first stops when looking for something seasonal and festive. Brands on the racks include Dolce Vita, BB Dakota, and plenty of others that are all reasonably priced. [Photo]

5. Piperlime

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121 Wooster St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 343-4284
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Check out girly styles from inexpensive lines like Ark & Co., Tinley Road, and Pim + Larkin, with celebrity-approved confidence via special sections curated by Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, and Olivia Palermo. [Photo]

6. Dolce Vita

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255 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-0635
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Not unlike the footwear they're known for, Dolce Vita (and the lower-priced DV line) make a nicely-edited range of dresses that balance of-the-moment details with always flattering cuts. [Photo]

7. Aritzia

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524 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-2188
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Prices range from just over $50 to just under $200 at this oversized Canadian boutique. Styles are easy to wear and run the gamut of body-con to fit-and-flare to shift. [Photo]

8. Pixie Market

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100 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002
Pixie Market prides itself on being affordable and trendy, so you can easily walk out with the perfect party dress for under a hundo. Right now there plenty of cute options, ranging from mini lace shifts to cut-out A-lines, clocking in around the $80 mark. [Photo: Wililam Chan]

9. Topshop

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478 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-9555
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Never one to sit out a good catwalk trend, try Topshop for a so-this-season style. For something ultra-trendy, check out their Unique line; for a little splurge, take a look at their pretty Boutique offerings. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

10. Dalaga

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150 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-4049
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This Greenpoint institution carries the kinds of dresses girls love: equal parts flattering, flirty, and on-trend. Plus, most options are under $100 and you'll probably find an equally-affordable accessory or pair of shoes to go along with it. [Photo]

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1. Rent the Runway at Henri Bendel

712 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Dress rental website Rent the Runway has shacked up inside Henri Bendel for a super-convenient way to get your hands on everything from Cushnie et Ochs to Nicole Miller. Walk in any time, or make an appointment ahead of time to have your selects waiting for you. [Photo]
712 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

2. Zara

666 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
With two floors chock-full of the Spanish chain's trend-conscious offerings, the brand's biggest store is a solid choice for last-minute cheap dress hunting. Just don't be surprised if another party guest is sporting the same ensemble. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
666 5th Ave
New York, NY 10022

3. H&M

640 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
H&M's tremendous Fifth Avenue flagship is a holy grail of fast fashion, and it's basically overflowing with party dresses it'd be totally OK to only wear once or twice. Here's an idea of what's in store now. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
640 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

4. Darling

1 Horatio St, New York, NY 10014
No matter what the occasion, dresses are the name of the game at Darling, so make it one of your first stops when looking for something seasonal and festive. Brands on the racks include Dolce Vita, BB Dakota, and plenty of others that are all reasonably priced. [Photo]
1 Horatio St
New York, NY 10014

5. Piperlime

121 Wooster St, New York, NY 10012
Check out girly styles from inexpensive lines like Ark & Co., Tinley Road, and Pim + Larkin, with celebrity-approved confidence via special sections curated by Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, and Olivia Palermo. [Photo]
121 Wooster St
New York, NY 10012

6. Dolce Vita

255 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
Not unlike the footwear they're known for, Dolce Vita (and the lower-priced DV line) make a nicely-edited range of dresses that balance of-the-moment details with always flattering cuts. [Photo]
255 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

7. Aritzia

524 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Prices range from just over $50 to just under $200 at this oversized Canadian boutique. Styles are easy to wear and run the gamut of body-con to fit-and-flare to shift. [Photo]
524 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

8. Pixie Market

100 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002
Pixie Market prides itself on being affordable and trendy, so you can easily walk out with the perfect party dress for under a hundo. Right now there plenty of cute options, ranging from mini lace shifts to cut-out A-lines, clocking in around the $80 mark. [Photo: Wililam Chan]
100 Stanton St
New York, NY 10002

9. Topshop

478 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Never one to sit out a good catwalk trend, try Topshop for a so-this-season style. For something ultra-trendy, check out their Unique line; for a little splurge, take a look at their pretty Boutique offerings. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
478 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

10. Dalaga

150 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
This Greenpoint institution carries the kinds of dresses girls love: equal parts flattering, flirty, and on-trend. Plus, most options are under $100 and you'll probably find an equally-affordable accessory or pair of shoes to go along with it. [Photo]
150 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222