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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.

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.

Zara Satin Effect Slip 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.

Banana Republic

Take things up a notch further with this metallic gold number. It will quite literally shine wherever you walk. Plus, it’s currently 40 percent off with the discount automatically applied at checkout.

one shoulder draped bodycon sequin maxi dress

We’re obsessed with this sleek one shoulder draped body con sequin maxi dress. Plus, we can totally see it being worn beyond the holidays on any special occasions. Use code SPEEDY for 20 percent off.

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Courtesy of Amy Lynn.

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?


This sequin mini dress is both sexy and delicate with its sheer sequined overlay. Layer it over tights for any office holiday parties or go bare leg for a fun night out.

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Courtesy of Likely.

There’s something extra flirty about a dress with feathers and this option comes in pink or black.

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Courtesy of Cocoove.

This burnt orange dress has a subtle holiday vibe but will also work year-round. There’s currently a waitlist, but add your name to be notified of a restock!

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Courtesy of Mango.

Green is obviously a big color during the holiday season and I love that this slip dress is a unique way to play into the tradition. Pair it with a faux fur coat to turn things up a notch.

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Courtesy of Eloquii.

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. Use code EQMAJOR for 50 percent off!

Velvet Mini Dress With Wrap Skirt

$49.9799.9550% Off

STYLECASTER | Best Holiday Dresses
Courtesy of Camila Coelho.

I love the combination of the puff sleeve and open back on this green sequin mini dress.

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Courtesy of Mango.

This paisley dress has major ’90s vibes. Pair it with an oversized blazer and strappy heels.

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Courtesy of Atsu.

If you like attention, this statement gown is for you! It’s available in petite, standard and plus sizes and it has pockets.

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Courtesy of Michael Costello x Revolve.

Chocolate brown is the color to wear this season. All eyes will be on you in this long sleeve dress.

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