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.
With its trendy 70s vibes, this maxi dress is perfect for ringing in the new year in style.
With lace up detailing and some silver sparkles, this romper is perfect for New Year's Eve.
This sheer sequined dress was made for New Year's Eve festivities.
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?
There's no reason to stick to sequins when cool jumpsuits like this exist.
Velvet is so hot right now. And it's the perfect amount of luxe for a New Year's celebration.
It wouldn't be a true 2016 fashion roundup without something off the shoulder, am I right? This dress is feminine and festive.
This metallic slip dress is totally on trend right now. And it's comfortable.
A little bit edgy, a little bit sexy. I love this dress.
This dress has the perfect amount of structure to show off your curves for New Year's Eve.
You can at least pretend that you'll be warm in this since it has long sleeves.
This dress is your classic, sequined New Year's Eve dress. It also comes in rose gold and silver.
Brb, ordering this right now.
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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