New Year’s Eve is one of the few opportunities you get to really go big, sartorially speaking, so why not seize the day? That doesn’t necessarily mean covering yourself in gold sequins head to toe (although that’s cool, too). There’s a spectrum to flashiness. Prefer to be a little more subdued? You’ll want a dress that sticks with dimensional fabrics in velvet or satin. Prefer to stand out? A dress lined with faux-feathers might be better for you. Whether you’re a wallflower or like to be the center of attention, scroll down to shop all of the best New Year’s Eve dresses now.
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AQUA Luxe Zebra-Stripe Sequined Dress
$79(was $188, now 58% off)
Squint your eyes and this can almost pass for Saint Laurent. It has all the hallmarks of an Anthony Vaccarello party piece: the exaggerated shoulders, the mini length, the animal print sequins, the sheath silhouette — but you’ll be paying less than $100 for it. Available in sizes XS–M.
Remember those romantic, milkmaid-looking tops from last summer? This is sort of like a dress version, with velvet cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline to show off your favorite necklace. Available in sizes S-L.
Try something in a more understated material, like this rich satin eggplant-colored dress from & Other Stories. It still gives off some shine, without making you look like a human disco ball. Available in sizes US 0-12.
Danish label ROTATE Birger Christensen is known for its quirky Scandinavian spin on the party dress. With billowy sleeves, a ruffled collar, and belted waist, this has so many cool details — all you need is some simple metallic pumps to make it work. Available in sizes DK34-42.
Vince Camuto Plus Size One-Sleeve Metallic Bodycon Dress
If you want to show off your curves, nothing does the trick like a body-con dress. They can easily skew cheap-looking, so choose one with interesting elevated details like an asymmetrical shoulder or ruching. Available in sizes US 14–20.