You're going to think I'm crazy for talking about Holiday Parties when it is currently 90 degrees out, and the beginning of fall.... but hear me out.
#1 Winter will be here in a hot second. #2 Now is the time to shop all those left over summer dresses that would work perfect in the winter with a cute coat thrown over it. Or, consider waiting after October when all the homecoming dresser are dirt cheap. A great option if you're on the younger side. You could find an adorable dress that, when paired with tights or a leather jacket, makes the perfect New Year's outfit!
Maybe I'm not that crazy after all... So go forth and shop those clearance racks friends!