It’s soon to be 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 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.
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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.
Best Dress for a Holiday Party at Work
You add bows to holiday gifts so why not add some to your dress? This Farm Rio dress has every detail you need to feel festive this year, and the bows as straps allows you to get a customized neckline.
Best Silver Holiday Dress
Show off a little in this bubble-sleeve dress from Rhode. The off-the-shoulder design will give you the freedom to be on the dance floor all night, and with the silver sequins, you’ll even reflect right off of the disco ball.
Best Sexy Holiday Dress
There’s nothing more fun that strutting around a party and having the train of your dress bounce behind you. Plus, with the high cut slit, you’ll stand out wherever you are.
Best Holiday Dress for New Year’s Eve
All that glitters is gold when you rock this tiered midi dress. You’ll look like a cake topper or glass of champagne, making this the perfect New Year’s dress.
Best Holiday Dress If You Want to Stand Out
Why not switch things up a bit and go for pink when everyone else is wearing holiday silvers, reds, and golds? This velvet dress is so cute and looks perfect with sheer black tights.
Best “Dress” That’s Actually a Romper
It’s giving dress vibes, even though technically, this piece is a romper. If you want to feel a little more secure and still give off a sparkly dress energy, this is the pick for you.
Best Slip Holiday Dress
This satin midi dress is giving star of the show. The draped neckline, spaghetti straps and open back add a super sexy flare to it, too.
Best Holiday Dress You Can Repurpose
Holiday dresses doesn’t automatically have to equate to something sparkly. This dress is classic, cute, and can be re-worn for other occasions. If you still want to add some glamour, this dress would pair well with some metallic, sparkly eyeshadow or a bright red lip. Plus, it’s currently 25 percent off with the code CYBER25.
Best 1920s-Inspired Holiday Dress
It’s giving… modern day Serena Van Der Woodsen. Seriously, ditch the grey colored tights and this dress is the perfect holiday mini that’s guaranteed to be a conversation starter.
Best Holiday Dress With a Bow
This dress is a soiree in the front and a party in the back with the oversized statement bow on the back of the dress. Did we mention it’s also on sale?
Best Velvet Holiday Dress
This luxe-looking velvet draped dress is both sexy and delicate with its elegant look. It’s perfect if you want to keep accessories simple, since this dress does all the talking.
Best Holiday Dress With Feathers
There’s something extra flirty about a dress with feathers and this option comes in pink or black.
Best Holiday Dress On a Budget
Did you know Target has a secret collection of sparkly, cute, and fun holiday dresses that are currently on sale for 30 percent off? I’m definitely eyeing this number.
Best Full Length Holiday Dress
The gradient color design in this dress makes an otherwise average dress stand out. It’s perfect for a holiday party and can even transition into wedding season a guest dress.
Best Green Holiday Dress
This green velvet mini dress has a subtle puff sleeve and will be your go-to for every party. It’s available in three colors and sizes 14-28.
Velvet Mini Dress With Wrap Skirt
Best Holiday Dress Mini
I love the combination of the puff sleeve and open back on this green sequin mini dress.
Best Holiday Dress With Sequins
Perfect length, perfect color, perfect amount of sparkle — this dress has it all, and it’s on sale for just under $100.
Best Holiday Gown
If you like attention, this statement gown is for you! It’s available in petite, standard and plus sizes and it has pockets.
Best Holiday Dress With a Print
Forgo sparkles for prints this holiday season. All eyes will be on you in this mini dress.
Best Long Sleeve Holiday Party Dress
It is winter after all; if long sleeves are your vibe, this is the ultimate holiday dress for you. The lace detail on the neckline and hem elevates this dress and makes it look so much more expensive than it is.