Look down at your phone. You’re likely being held hostage on a text or email chain about New Year’s Eve that’s 30-plus messages deep. Yes, it’s one of the most overhyped holidays of the year, and, inevitably, your friends won’t figure out what the hell they’re doing until the very last minute. But when you cave and join them for a party, you’re going to need a dress.
Given that your budget is probably pretty tight right now, especially after buying presents for everyone on your list, the sales are your friend. Take for example the current markdowns at The Outnet: Most party-ready dresses are more than 50 percent off their retail prices with some up to 85 percent off. That means you can spend less than $100 on a fancy name that costs way, way more. But remember, like all good deals, sizes are limited, so if you want it, click now. Scroll down to see our favorites.
3.1 Phillip Lim wrap-effect silk crepe de chine mini dress
You could spend $75 at a fast-fashion retailer or you can spend it here, on a dress that originally cost almost $500. The math is a no-brainer. Wear this with silver heels and dangly earrings now, or with flat sandals in the summer.
Dion Lee cutout neon silk crepe de chine midi dress
Yes, slip dresses have become almost a cliché but they’re popular for a good reason: They’re easy to throw on and an easy look to put together. You can embrace the daring back detail or slip a T-shirt under, if you’re feeling more modest.
W118 by Walter Baker Kendall cutout dress
Not into a neon slip dress? This rich burgundy version has the same look for half the price.
MM6 Martin Margiela woven-paneled satin gilet
It’s a tuxedo masquerading as a dress — you can’t get more NYE-appropriate than that. To balance the boxy shape, wear it with a stiletto heel.
Tome ruffled taffeta-trimmed cotton dress
How many black dresses do you have in your closet? Chances are, too many. That’s okay. Think about adding another one that features a dramatic (but removable!) ruffle into the mix.
Carven guipure lace dress
As sexy as this body-hugging red lace dress is, you can recycle it for multiple occasions ranging from NYE to those inevitable summer weddings.
Cedric Charlier asymmetric satin dress
This soft-pink midi dress is one of the most demure of the bunch, but party dresses don’t have to be tight or short. Style it with long, sparkly earrings and low heels for a sophisticated festive look.
W118 by Walter Baker Carley sequined gauze mini dress
That said, if you’re hell bent on looking like a disco ball, this is your chance.
Tanya Taylor Amara cutout printed silk-georgette dress
So you’re spending NYE somewhere tropical? Lucky you! Now you have an excuse to wear a ruffly, floral-print dress with flat sandals.
Tomas Maier draped wrap-effect silk crepe de chine dress
How do you balance wanting to wear something that shows off your shape with not wanting to look like you’re overly stuffed? This dress is how — it nips in at the waist without bringing back bad memories of those bandage-dress days.
Jonathan Simkhai embroidered cotton poplin dress
Sometimes we want a dress that we can’t properly articulate: It can’t be in a boring, solid color, but it also shouldn’t look like you walked into the nearest craft store and rolled around in the glitter aisle. This Jonathan Simkhai number is that happy balance. The navy hue is elegant, but gets jazzed up in the form of crochet panels that swish nicely.
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