Have you spent too many holiday parties shivering in strapless sequin minis to do it again this year? Welcome to the revolution that is warm New Year's Eve dresses. Forgoing your fashion-over-function party dresses in favor of cozy fabrics and long sleeves won't make you stick out as the ball drops, too. This winter's dress trends — like '80s silhouettes and flowing wraps — will only work in your favor as you stay warm.
There are easy choices from fashion girl favorites, such as a Zara party dress or a breezy piece from Reformation's New Year's Eve collection. Though many of Reformation's sparkly NYE dresses have already sold out (the Ivy Dress was a swoon-worthy hit), you haven't missed your chance to grab this long-sleeved sequin dress for $198. Style it just like Reformation with a pair of sheer black tights and textured velvet heels to create an all-over sequin outfit that won't have you begging a friend for his blazer once you step outside.
Opt for Zara if you want a sparkly dress for a little less. Zara's vintage-inspired 2018 winter dress collection pays homage to the '80s menswear mini dresses that covered arms, not legs. You can find NYE dresses under $50 browsing the collection, like this knit beaded dress for $45.99.
Choose a soft holiday fabric like velvet instead of cold sequins for extra warmth. Retailing at $400, this pink velvet dress from Free People is stunning — and none of your friends would think you choose it with the temperature in mind. Similarly, this velvet Diane von Furstenberg dress on sale for $320 is ready for any soirée. Originally retailing at $800, the dress has rich jewel tones, a waist-cinching belt, and the shine you need for NYE thanks to the velvet.
A fan favorite of the bohemian crowd, Dôen's holiday dress collection is casually glamorous, sans sequins. The flowing $248 Zinnia dress has both long sleeves and a floor-length hemline, yet the deep V-neck, empire waist, and repeating floral print combine to make a show-stopping dress. The cream colorway is subtly ideal for New Year's Eve as well, with a champagne-colored base, black stems, gold petals, and festive burgundy details.
Whether you choose a style that covers your legs, arms, or both, you don't need to grin and bear your party dress this New Year's in the name of holiday style. Continue scrolling for 11 dresses that will keep you warm until midnight, and beyond.
Switch up the popular sequins by wearing this beaded dress instead — the shiny details give it a similar sparkle.
Save on this sequin maxi gown from Mango, marked down from $199.99 to $149.99.
The eye-catching dark floral print on this cream Dôen dress keeps it feeling festive enough for a party.
This fitted satin wrap dress is embellished with chains and crystals.
Established leg-baring dress experts, Reformation's NYE-appropriate Odeon dress has long sleeves for added warmth.
On sale at $80 from $180, layer this sultry dress over patterned tights and under a long trench for a toasty-yet-flirty NYE look.
Marked down to $320 from $800, the print of this Diane von Furstenberg dress was inspired by a vintage kimono.
Pair a colorful long sweater, like this floral one from LALO, with thigh-high boots if it's below freezing on New Year's Eve.
Snag an affordable long-sleeved statement dress from Target, like this $34.99 animal print dress.