New Year's Eve is a great holiday. Unlike most other holidays, where yoga pants are the norm, New Year's Eve gives you an excuse to get dressed up in fancy, sparkly dresses. New Year's Eve dresses are basically the closest any of us will get to feeling like a character in the Great Gatsby.
One of the greatest challenges in finding the perfect New Year's Eve dress is finding one that is not only cute and festive, but will also pair well with closed toed shoes and a jacket — because January is not the time to wear strappy sandals outdoors. I know this from experience.
You can have fun with your New Year's Eve look, maybe taking a cue from Kendall Jenner's slinky Paris Hilton-inspired birthday look or you can find a pretty dress that you'll be able to repurpose all year round. The opportunities are endless.
Generally speaking, I like to go a little out of the box with my New Year's Eve dresses, because there's really no reason not to. Last year I wore a floor length silver sparkly wrap dress and it was great, even though I'll never have another opportunity to wear such an ornate piece of clothing (instead i have it hanging on the outside of closet door and I tell people it is art, because it basically is).
Here are 15 of my top picks for New Year's Eve dresses.
1. This Sequin Maxi Dress
Your Luxe Day Pewter Sequin Maxi Dress, $84, Lulus
With its trendy 70s vibes, this maxi dress is perfect for ringing in the new year in style.
2. This Festive Romper
ASTR Roxanne Metallic Lace-Up Romper, $109, Urban Outfitters
With lace up detailing and some silver sparkles, this romper is perfect for New Year's Eve.
3. This Sheer Sheath
Plus Size Sequin Sheath Dress, $30, Forever21
This sheer sequined dress was made for New Year's Eve festivities.
4. This Non-Traditional Sequin Dress
Rehab Sequined Open-Knit Dress, $50, Forever21
I would rock this dress so hard. Just imagine how cute and Rihanna-esque it would be with a leather jacket and booties or thigh high boots?
5. This Embroidered Jumpsuit
Strappy Embroidered Mesh Plunge Jumpsuit, $54, Miss Guided Us
There's no reason to stick to sequins when cool jumpsuits like this exist.
6. This Velvet Wrap Dress
New Look Plus Velvet Wrap Front Dress, $42, Asos
Velvet is so hot right now. And it's the perfect amount of luxe for a New Year's celebration.
7. This Off The Shoulder Dress
TFNC Off The Shoulder Wrap Dress, $83, Asos
It wouldn't be a true 2016 fashion roundup without something off the shoulder, am I right? This dress is feminine and festive.
8. This Slip Dress
Emmaline Satin Slip Dress, $22, Boohoo
This metallic slip dress is totally on trend right now. And it's comfortable.
9. This Choker Dress
Reeva Metallic Textured Choker Bodycon Dress, $22, Boohoo
A little bit edgy, a little bit sexy. I love this dress.
10. This Bustier Bodycon Dress
Knit Bustier Bodycon Dress, $45, Torrid
This dress has the perfect amount of structure to show off your curves for New Year's Eve.
11. This Mesh Midi Dress
Wait And See Mesh Midi Dress, $24, Tobi
You can at least pretend that you'll be warm in this since it has long sleeves.
12. This Tulle Mini Dress
Motel Sisley Glitter Dot Strapless Mini Dress, $90, Urban Outfitters
Show off your girly side in this glam strapless dress.
13. This Classic Sequin Dress
World's A Stage Forest Green Sequin Dress, $59, Lulus
This dress is your classic, sequined New Year's Eve dress. It also comes in rose gold and silver.
14. This Beautiful Romper
Reverse Sequin Romper, $68, Forever21
Brb, ordering this right now.
15. This Surplice Romper
Plus Size Shimmer Strappy Surplice Romper, $20, Charlotte Russe
With its criss-crossed straps, this romper is right on trend. And it will look great with a pair of black booties.
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