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 things are 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 filled to the brim with 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 festive office party, your partner’s family’s annual holiday soiree or a friend’s cocktail party, we have your back.
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 embellished neutral pieces, velvets and sequins 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.
Polk dots, but make them festive AF.
You can wear this green sweater dress long after the holidays end.
Dripping in gold.
This maxi dress has the perfect amount of holiday flare.
A black slip dress is a no-brainer.
Sequins are a must-have for the holidays.
Seriously, you can never have too many sequins.
Itty bitty mini perfect for a holiday dance floor.
Velvet is the perfect holiday fabric.
I like big bows and I cannot lie.
Hot pink for the holidays? It’s more likely than you think.
Forget the LBD—the little gold dress is here.
For a maximalist holiday.
A fun floral and velvet take on the classic slip dress.
A blue dress that’s actually festive.
More metallics, please.
A hot pink blazer dress is a festive and unexpected holiday look.
Winter white all night.
Just enough of a green hue to pass for holiday-wear, but chic enough to don year-round.
A version of this article was originally published in 2017.
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