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19 Stunning Holiday Party Dresses That Will Steal the Show This Season

19 Stunning Holiday Party Dresses That Will Steal the Show This Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and not only because we get to experience all the pretty lights, delicious food and quality time with the family. These are definitely some of the best aspects of the season, but something that really gets us excited about the holidays is the dresses. Finding the best holiday dresses to wear for the season isn’t always easy, though. There are so many retailers pushing festive (and, more often than not, sequined) frocks, it can be difficult to sift through all of them and strike holiday dress gold. Whether you need something to wear to a cocktail party with friends, your family’s annual holiday soiree or Zoom happy hour (2020, y’all) we have your back with the picks below.

To give you a bit of a rest during this busy season, we searched through all your favorite retailers to find the cutest holiday dresses out there. Think of this like your curated holiday shop—the only stop you need before you find the perfect festive ensemble. The holidays are approaching ridiculously quickly, so don’t wait to snag your favorite dress before you’re in a sugar cookie coma. (We’ve all be there, right?)

It also helps to be a bit strategic when searching for your own winning dress (or three). Keep an eye out for frocks you can wear throughout the following year in addition to the holidays. If you can wear the dress to a wedding, a bachelorette party or even a dressy date night out as well as your annual Christmas Eve party, you’ve probably found a winner. Seek out unique textures and flattering silhouettes for looks you can wear over and over without getting sick of them.

Below, you’ll find 19 holiday dresses sure to get you through the entire season—and beyond. We won’t blame you if you end up purchasing more than one.

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Courtesy of ASTR The Label.

Emerald Satin Slip

This Christmas tree-colored slip is such a dreamy staple piece to pair with bold earrings or a fun clutch.

 

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Courtesy of Tahari ASL.

Navy Sequins & Feathers

PSA: when it comes to holiday dresses, you should never have to choose between sequins and feathers.

Buy: Tahari ASL Shift Dress with Feathers $183.65

 

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Courtesy of Hutch.

Ribbed Merlot Midi

I’m seriously fangirling over this ribbed knit midi. Dress it up with heels or down with boots and a leather jacket.

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Courtesy of Dress The Population.

Classic Silver Sparkle

This V-neck bodycon mini is basically the holiday go-to, so if you don’t already own it, it might be time.

Buy: Dress The Population Zoe Cap Sleeve Mini Dress $199

 

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Courtesy of AMUR.

Black Off-The-Shoulder

Talk about elegance! This black dress is understated but beautiful. Pair with your best necklace and earrings.

Buy: AMUR Rinna Dress $298.80

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Courtesy of Alice + Olivia.

Metallic Mini

When all else fails, an itty-bitty metallic mini paired with black tights for contrast is always a great idea.

 

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Courtesy of Eloquii.

Red Ruched Shimmer

A classic red dress is just so holiday in all the right ways, and I love the ruched details at the shoulder.

 

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Courtesy of Lovers + Friends.

Black Ruffle Halter

This standout silhouette features the dreamiest ruffle neckline and organza overlay. Very Ari when paired with thigh-high boots!

 

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Courtesy of Fairy Couple.

Green Flapper Flair

We’re technically in the ‘20s, aren’t we? This fringed flapper dress is a gorgeous pick for any holiday soiree. 

Buy: Fairy Couple Flapper Party Dress $48.90

 

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Courtesy of SEA.

Tiered High-Neck Shimmer

I love the ladylike silhouette of this tiered, high-neck dress, and the metallic keeps it from feeling too stuffy.

Buy: SEA Selina Tiered Dress $178

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Courtesy of AFRM.

Bodycon Mesh Midi

If you want to show off your curves but still be covered up, AFRM’s sheer overlay dresses are about to be your new faves.

 

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Courtesy of Derek Lam 10 Crosby.

Fuchsia Sequins

If red and green aren’t for you, opt for a pink glitter moment instead like this one with unique draping.

Buy: Derek Lam 10 Crosby Lani Sequin Dress $99

 

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Courtesy of The Kooples.

Black Draped Sparkle

There’s just something so flirty about a mini dress with long sleeves. The contrast looks so good!

 

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Courtesy of Lulus.

Evergreen One-Shoulder

Personally, I’d pair this simple silhouette with a faux fur shawl for added glamor. Do it up!

 

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Courtesy of Eloquii.

Off-The-Shoulder Shimmer

Va-va-voom! This gorgeous dress gives off-the-shoulder realness, but the small straps still provide support.

 

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Courtesy of Topshop.

Ruched Leather

If you’re a fashion girl, you’ll love this ruched leather bodice and puffy sleeve. So chic with a boot and mini bag.

 

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Courtesy of MANGO.

Statement Shoulders

If a classic sequined dress feels too basic for you, spice it up with some structured sleeves for an extra statement. 

 

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Courtesy of English Factory.

Floaty Swiss Dots

This pretty pink hue is an unexpected choice for holiday that pairs well with the metallic of your choice. 

Buy: English Factory Swiss Dot Smocked Maxi $120

 

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Courtesy of Fame & Partners.

Seeing Stars

I love the astral vibes of this frilly mini decked out in silver stars.

Buy: Fame and Partners The Kye Dress $174.30

A version of this article was originally published in 2017.

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