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Dresses you can order today and receive in time for the holidays :: Effortlessly with Roxy

It’s an all-too common scenario. You’re done with all your holiday shopping for everyone else. Orders are on the way; bags are stowed in your closet or under the bed to wrap later. But then you realize — you’ve got two holiday parties happening and not a single new dress to wear!!

This time of year I get emails from multiple personal shopping clients who suddenly remembered they have 1 or 2 holiday parties to attend and need something to wear. Or they’ve got no dress to wear to Christmas dinner! (Or Hanukkah dinner or Kwanza dinner, or whatever your celebration is this time of year.) Sometimes you just want something casual yet new to wear at the family present opening extravaganza.

I myself have done this a couple of years. It’ll be December 20th and my mind suddenly goes, “Ohhhhhh, crap, I’ve got a fancy family event but not the right dress…

When this happens, quick shipping is a must. This year especially — I don’t know about other areas of the country but here in NYC the USPS in particular seems so overwhelmed that I’m receiving packages 2 or 3 days later than they’re scheduled to arrive.

So this post therefore is devoted to dresses you can order today and still receive in time for the holidays! When quick shipping is required, there are two places I turn to for my clothing needs: Amazon and Shopbop. Both places have a wide range of casual, party and festive dresses that will arrive to our doorsteps super fast. For this post I’ve focused on dresses that either have top ratings (4 stars or better) or that I’ve tried on myself so I know they are of good quality. There’s also a wide variety of price points in this post and the shoppable boutique at the end of this post.

Topping this post, the Marcel Dress ($348) is a beautiful, flattering party piece that could be worn all Winter long. I love both the blackberry color and the houndstooth pattern on tiers of silky fabric. This Long Sleeve Swing T-Shirt Dress ($21) is one of my favorites to wear Christmas morning after I’ve changed out of my holiday pajamas. Depending on the color you choose, this Long Sleeve Lace Hem T-Shirt Dress ($18) can be perfectly holiday-ready but also so wearable with tights and a thick coat any time of the cold.

Dresses you can order today and receive in time for the holidays :: Effortlessly with Roxy

I’ve purposely chosen mostly dresses for this post that can be holiday-appropriate but aren’t strictly tied to being worn this time of year. The V Neck Ruffle Polka Dot Dress ($23) above for instance is a dress I own and love, and wear all times of the year! It comes in red, green and dark blue which are all perfectly appropriate for the holidays. I find the ruffles feel quite festive! I have several more options in this same vein in the shoppable boutique as well as some dresses that say “Holiday!” more overtly.

Below, many more options that are sure to make you the best-dressed attendee at any fête or family event.

Dresses you can order today and receive in time for the holidays

Printed Dress
Printed Dress
$380
Women’s Lace Contrast Flare A-Line Dress
Women’s Lace Contrast Flare A-Line Dress
$43
Nicolla Dress
Nicolla Dress
$395
Flutter Sleeve Cocktail Party Dress
Flutter Sleeve Cocktail Party Dress
$22
Marcel Dress
Marcel Dress
$348
Long Sleeve Swing Casual Dress
Long Sleeve Swing Casual Dress
$21
Selene Paisley Dress
Selene Paisley Dress
$495
Quinn Dress
Quinn Dress
$425
1950’S Style 2/3 Sleeve Dress
1950’S Style 2/3 Sleeve Dress
$36
Grayson Dress
Grayson Dress
$538
Cold Shoulder Skater Dress
Cold Shoulder Skater Dress
$30
Lace Sleeveless Maxi Dress
Lace Sleeveless Maxi Dress
$56
Wild Bloom Long Sleeve Mini Dress
Wild Bloom Long Sleeve Mini Dress
$350
Joelle Dress
Joelle Dress
$298
Sleeveless Lace Fit Flare Dress
Sleeveless Lace Fit Flare Dress
$34
Velvet Long Bodycon Dress
Velvet Long Bodycon Dress
$44
Long Sleeve Ruched Velvet Dress
Long Sleeve Ruched Velvet Dress
$38
Printed Mesh Dress
Printed Mesh Dress
$250
Nomad Velvet Slip Dress
Nomad Velvet Slip Dress
$495
Night Fever Wrap Dress
Night Fever Wrap Dress
$105
Marissa Sheath Dress
Marissa Sheath Dress
$345
Lurex Pleated Dress
Lurex Pleated Dress
$450
Vintage Casual Party Dress
Vintage Casual Party Dress
$30
Shot Collar Shift Dress
Shot Collar Shift Dress
$88
Turtleneck Midi Dress
Turtleneck Midi Dress
now $249
Ugly Christmas Dress
Ugly Christmas Dress
$22
Long Sleeve Lace Hem T-Shirt Dress
Long Sleeve Lace Hem T-Shirt Dress
$18
Printed Crepe Dress
Printed Crepe Dress
$148
Ugly Christmas Sweater Dress
Ugly Christmas Sweater Dress
$39
Manor Ruffle Bib Mini Dress
Manor Ruffle Bib Mini Dress
$110
Preen Line Esther Dress
Preen Line Esther Dress
$620
Tie Front Shirtdress
Tie Front Shirtdress
$395
Paulina Dress
Paulina Dress
$405
Love Of My Life Dress
Love Of My Life Dress
$108
Long Sleeve Faded Garden Dress
Long Sleeve Faded Garden Dress
$295
Off Shoulder Party Dress
Off Shoulder Party Dress
$34
Essie Dress
Essie Dress
$525
Mock Neck Floral Dress
Mock Neck Floral Dress
$138
3/4-Sleeve A-Line Dress
3/4-Sleeve A-Line Dress
$158
Crew Neck Bodycon Midi Dress
Crew Neck Bodycon Midi Dress
$36
Casual Swing T-Shirt Dress with Pocket
Casual Swing T-Shirt Dress with Pocket
$25
Ugly Holiday Sweater Dress
Ugly Holiday Sweater Dress
$36
Long Sleeve V-Neck Velvet Dress
Long Sleeve V-Neck Velvet Dress
$40
Slim Fit Ribbed Turtleneck Dress
Slim Fit Ribbed Turtleneck Dress
$37
Tough Love Shirtdress
Tough Love Shirtdress
$148
Newbury Dress
Newbury Dress
$248
Off Shoulder Lace Pencil Dress
Off Shoulder Lace Pencil Dress
$40
Cocktail A-Line Dress
Cocktail A-Line Dress
$36
Long Sleeve Swing T-Shirt Dress
Long Sleeve Swing T-Shirt Dress
21
Asymmetric Knit Bodycon Sweater Dress
Asymmetric Knit Bodycon Sweater Dress
$41
Lace Flare Party Dress
Lace Flare Party Dress
$41
Faith Long Dress
Faith Long Dress
$165
Aphrodite Ruffle Dress
Aphrodite Ruffle Dress
$118
Lace Boat Neck Dress
Lace Boat Neck Dress
$35
Jasmine Dress
Jasmine Dress
$188
Velvet Slip Dress
Velvet Slip Dress
$350
Red Leopard Scarlett Dress
Red Leopard Scarlett Dress
$119
V Neck Ruffle Polka Dot Dress
V Neck Ruffle Polka Dot Dress
$23
Rosie Button Mini Dress
Rosie Button Mini Dress
$282
Plaid Long Sleeve Empire Waist Maxi Dress
Plaid Long Sleeve Empire Waist Maxi Dress
$30

 

15 Comments

  1. Shari
    December 17, 2018 / 11:33 am

    To replace the dress I sent back, I ordered the red one in your last post. I also reordered the faithful nadine smocked dress in a smaller size as the size I ordered (a L) was too large. I must say Anthropologie has been shipping pretty quickly.

    • December 17, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      Nice Shari! Agreed, my Anthro orders have all shipped within 24 hours, some even same day!

      • Shari
        December 18, 2018 / 7:33 am

        I also received the alpine sweater and LOVE it. So glad I purchased it (and the S was perfect). Maybe I am just a different size these days. You just never know with anthro as some of their items run smallish and some giantly huge!

        • December 18, 2018 / 9:02 am

          Awesome! I'm loving mine too, and I agree it's still tough to know exactly which size to get. So happy the small worked out for you.

      • Bronzi
        December 19, 2018 / 1:27 pm

        Ha—-re: shippin and the 2 dresses I ordered are somewhere….Lasership strikes again. Got shipping notification that said shipped 12/16. Got other order that shipped same date yesterday.

        Hoping shipping only not being updated. SIGH

        • December 19, 2018 / 10:00 pm

          Ugggggggh, I'm so sorry Bronzi.

          • Bronzi
            December 20, 2018 / 8:13 am

            After several emails, DM and tweets to Anthro and Lasership appears package out of black hole with TRACKING. Strange but glad on its way hopefully today.

  2. Mary
    December 17, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    This is OT, but has anyone purchased items fom the brand ett:twa and can comment on quality and fit? They are pretty pricey but there is this one item I really like.
    Thanks!

    • December 17, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      I haven't purchased ett:twa recently but in general I found them true to size and decent quality!

      • Mary
        December 17, 2018 / 11:10 pm

        Thanks Roxy.

  3. Sara
    December 18, 2018 / 3:05 am

    I don’t normally order dresses from Amazon but thanks to your suggestions, i just did. Fingers crossed. Thanks for this helpful post Roxy!

    • December 18, 2018 / 9:03 am

      I hope you love them Sara! Feel free to report back once they arrive, I'd love to know what you got and how they work out for you.

  4. taikitty
    December 18, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Lots of great options here! I'm addicted to Shopbop I must admit and they've been having great promos lately. You're so right that Amazon has great dresses for not a lot of money. I was scared to try some of the dresses that seemed too good to be true but I haven't had a single bad experience out of probably 10 orders. I added two dresses from this post to my cart for my next order.

    • December 18, 2018 / 9:03 am

      Haha, I can totally relate taikitty! Which dresses are in your cart? Feel like sharing? 🙂

  5. December 18, 2018 / 9:38 am

    There's a new promo at Anthropologie today, up to 50% off gifts. I'm seeing lots of really good stuff included so I'll make a full post for it later today!

    In the meantime you can shop the event here.

    And I've got quick picks just below this post on the blog homepage.

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