Holiday Party Dresses
David Koma Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

As much as everyone likes to complain about the holidays being stressful, expensive and insanely busy, they're also pretty fun. Think about it. How often do you get to party with your work spouse on the company's dime? Relax with your family knowing the outside (corporate) world has ground to a near-complete halt? What's more, the holiday party circuit is a great excuse to go all out. Get really dressed up. Treat yourself to a jaw-dropping holiday party dress.

Of which there is a plethora to choose from. These days designers are holding nothing back on the runways, which makes for some seriously fun holiday party dresses. Gigantic bows, daring cut-outs, fanciful feathers, mesmerizing sequins — all those unapologetically bold trends most of us don't have the energy or occasion to wear in our daily lives are fair game for those big winter nights out. Now's the time to try out a new silhouette. Splurge on a piece from that It brand all the street stylers are wearing.

And don't wait until you've got a fridge covered in invites to start your planning and shopping. After all, you've still got an outfit to build around your frock. Statement earrings are a must.

To get the ball rolling (dropping?), we've rounded up 40 holiday party dresses to suit every type of occasion, from Friendsgivings to work shindigs to New Year's Eve ragers. To keep things simple, we grouped the dresses according to their most compelling feature, be it their velvety fabric, iridescence, use of negative space, the presence of a bow...you get the idea. Scroll down to see our picks.

Off-the-Shoulder

Reformation Maves Dress
Reformation

Reformation Maves Dress in Almond, $298 at Reformation

AWAKE Mode Asymmetric Off-the-Shoulder Midi-Dress
A.W.A.K.E. Mode

A.W.A.K.E. Mode Asymmetric Off-the-Shoulder Midi-Dress, $1,005 at Saks

Rosie Assoulin Sleeve Me Alone Mikado Cotton-Silk Blend Dress
Rosie Assoulin

Rosie Assoulin Sleeve Me Alone Mikado Cotton-Silk Blend Dress, $1,728 at Matches Fashion

Allina Liu Shibari Dress
Allina Liu

Allina Liu Shibari Dress, $225 at Allina Liu

Other Stories Ruffled Off-Shoulder Midi Dress
& Other Stories

& Other Stories Ruffled Off-Shoulder Midi Dress in Cream, $199 at & Other Stories

Velvet

Ganni Ruched Velvet Midi Dress
Ganni

Ganni Ruched Velvet Midi Dress, $254 at MyTheresa

By Anthropologie The Maya Ruched Cowl-Neck Dress
By Anthropologie

By Anthropologie The Maya Ruched Cowl-Neck Dress Stretch Velvet Edition in Light Red, $168 at Anthropologie

Free People Suki Mini
Free People

Free People Suki Mini, $198 at Free People

Proenza Schouler Twisted Open-Back Velvet Gown
Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Twisted Open-Back Velvet Gown in Yellow, $1,590 at Net-a-Porter

Molly Goddard Dawn Strapless Striped Cotton-Velvet Mini Dress
Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard Dawn Strapless Striped Cotton-Velvet Mini Dress, $1,175 at Net-a-Porter

Sequins and Sparkle

David Koma Open-Back Crystal-Embellished Pointelle-Knit Maxi Dress
David Koma

David Koma Open-Back Crystal-Embellished Pointelle-Knit Maxi Dress, $1,550 at Net-a-Porter

ROTATE Birger Christensen Carlosina Tiered Crystal-Embellished Recycled-Mesh Mini Dress
ROTATE Birger Christensen

ROTATE Birger Christensen Carlosina Tiered Crystal-Embellished Recycled-Mesh Mini Dress, $650 at Net-a-Porter

Zara Contrasting Sequin Slip Dress
Zara

Zara Contrasting Sequin Slip Dress, $59.90 at Zara

Free People Glitter & Gold Midi
Free People

Free People Glitter & Gold Midi in Sweetheart Combo, $250 at Free People

Jen Ceballos x Mango Sequin Embroidered Dress
Jen Ceballos x Mango

Jen Ceballos x Mango Sequin Embroidered Dress, $350 at Mango

Metallics

Batsheva Wendy Ruched Holographic Lame Mini Dress
Batsheva

Batsheva Wendy Ruched Holographic Lamé Mini Dress, $350 at Net-a-Porter

Zara Foil Slip Dress
Zara

Zara Foil Slip Dress, $49.90 at Zara

Banana Republic Maxime Metallic Maxi Dress
Banana Republic

Banana Republic Maxime Metallic Maxi Dress, $200 at Banana Republic

Ulla Johnson Seraphina Shirred Metallic Crinkled-Taffeta Midi Dress
Ulla Johnson

Ulla Johnson Seraphina Shirred Metallic Crinkled-Taffeta Midi Dress, $1,290 at Net-a-Porter

Baobab Mia Ruched Maxi Dress
Baobab

Baobab Mia Ruched Maxi Dress in Cristal, $285 at Saks

Feathers

Dries Van Noten Dafia Feather Silk-Blend Maxi Dress
Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten Dafia Feather Silk-Blend Maxi Dress, $1,555 at MyTheresa

Sleeper Boheme Feather Satin Maxi Dress
Sleeper

Sleeper Boheme Feather Satin Maxi Dress, $390 at Shopbop

LoveShackFancy Marvella Strapless Feather-Trimmed Tulle Mini Dress
LoveShackFancy

LoveShackFancy Marvella Strapless Feather-Trimmed Tulle Mini Dress, $795 at Net-a-Porter

Sea Misha Feather-Trimmed Tulle and Ribbed Wool Maxi Dress
Sea

Sea Misha Feather-Trimmed Tulle and Ribbed Wool Maxi Dress, $695 at Net-a-Porter

Taller Marmo Williams Feather-Trimmed Sequined Minidress
Taller Marmo

Taller Marmo Williams Feather-Trimmed Sequined Minidress, $1,778 at MyTheresa

Cut-Outs

Aya Muse Soro Cutout Open-Back Maxi Dress
Aya Muse

Aya Muse Soro Cutout Open-Back Maxi Dress, $650 at Moda Operandi

Zara Side Cut Out Velvet Mini Dress
Zara

Zara Side Cut Out Velvet Mini Dress, $49.90 at Zara

Self-Portrait Embellished Cutout Metallic Tweed Mini Dress
Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait Embellished Cutout Metallic Tweed Mini Dress, $555 at Net-a-Porter

Bevza Gray Mermaid Maxi Dress
Bevza

Bevza Gray Mermaid Maxi Dress, $1,050 at SSENSE

Christopher Esber Triquetra Cutout Silk-Satin Maxi Dress
Christopher Esber

Christopher Esber Triquetra Cutout Silk-Satin Maxi Dress, $970 at Net-a-Porter

Tulle and Lace

Other Stories Ruffled Tube Mini Dress
& Other Stories

& Other Stories Ruffled Tube Mini Dress, $199 at & Other Stories

Noir Kei Ninomiya Ruched Tulle Midi Dress
Noir Kei Ninomiya

Noir Kei Ninomiya Ruched Tulle Midi Dress, $651 at MyTheresa

Norma Kamali Walter Off-the-Shoulder Ruched-Mesh Mini Dress
Norma Kamali

Norma Kamali Walter Off-the-Shoulder Ruched-Mesh Mini Dress, $200 at Matches Fashion

Acne Studios Davert Asymmetric Lace Satin Dress
Acne Studios

Acne Studios Davert Asymmetric Lace & Satin Dress, $1,050 at Saks

Jacquemus Black Le Chouchou La Saudade Brodee Minidress
Jacquemus

Jacquemus Black Le Chouchou La Saudade Brodée Minidress, $1,045 at SSENSE

Bows

Shushu Tong Black Sweetheart Minidress
Shushu/Tong

Shushu/Tong Black Sweetheart Minidress, $570 at SSENSE

Maeve Organza Bow-Neck Mini Dress
Maeve

Maeve Organza Bow-Neck Mini Dress in Kelly, $148 at Anthropologie

​​The New Arrivals Ilkyaz Ozel Eléa Bow-Detailed Crepe Mini Dress
​​The New Arrivals Ilkyaz Ozel

​​The New Arrivals Ilkyaz Ozel Eléa Bow-Detailed Crepe Mini Dress, $605 at Moda Operandi

Saloni Camille Crystal-Bow Velvet Gown
Saloni

Saloni Camille Crystal-Bow Velvet Gown, $689 at Matches Fashion

Staud Calluna Organza Maxi Dress
Staud

Staud Calluna Organza Maxi Dress, $498 at Matches Fashion

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