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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 frocks that feel cheesy instead of special. 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 soirée or a last-minute NYE bash, our fashion team has 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 during 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 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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Sequin Dolman-Sleeve Mini Dress
ICYMI, this year’s hottest trend is neon pink, and that trend can, and should, live on throughout the holidays. This fabulous sequin number is for the star of the show (YOU) and brings with it some major Carrie Bradshaw energy. Who doesn’t need a little more of that in their life?
This gorgeous satin number will turn heads for all the right reasons.
A little red mini with big present-inspired bows? Now, that’s a gift.
Winter white always makes a strong statement, but coupled with a feather neckline? It’s especially divine.
SJP wore the baby blue version of this dress in a coming-soon scene from ...And Just Like That. For the holidays, this metallic black version feels just right.
The Puff Dress
Selkie Puff Dresses serve major princess vibes, so whether you want to be a Holiday Princess, an Ice Princess or whatever else, snagging one is a good idea.
Vision of Elegance Sequin Cross Back Midi Dress
Nothing beats a sequined midi dress with a pleated skirt made for twirling, am I right?
Maggie Griswold and Bella Gerard