Holiday parties may be fun, but it's the New Year's Eve parties that really take the cake. Not only do they literally require you to stay up past midnight (no 10 p.m. bed times here), they also give you the perfect excuse to get decked out in sequins from head to toe. While it's certainly fun to shop for over-the-top pieces, though, sometimes, the options only cater to one style — and if you're not a fan of mini dresses (or you just don't want your legs to freeze), finding a long New Year's Eve dress that's not an actual ball gown can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. But don't fret — they actually do exist, and they're really, really chic.
Naturally, & Other Stories has a deep selection at budget-friendly prices. This $149 Metallic Satin Midi Dress is full of shine and hits just above the ankles — just add some knee-high boots to stay glitzy and warm all night long. ELOQUII also has a bevy of pretty options under $200, but if you're looking for serious glam, you'll be partial to this $149.90 piece that's covered in deep fuchsia sequins. Its mid-calf length and long sleeves only add to the appeal if you're worried about being cold (which, in January, is completely understandable).
Not into shine? Direct your attention to Zara, where there's a $129 bright pink dress that's both long sleeved and nearly floor length — a winning combination with not a hint of sequins in sight. And if you're a stick-to-the-classics kind of person, you'll love this sleek off-the-shoulder sweater dress for $148 from Nordstrom – it's the no-frills way to do NYE.
Of course, if you're really ready to go all out, there are plenty of long dresses just waiting for you to scoop them up. For the true trend obsessed, Walk Of Shame's Sequin Patchwork Dress for $1,025 combines sparkle with lime green for a serious head turner. And this Alexis Joya Plissé Maxi Dress can only be described as a stunner — it's $785 worth of golden pleats that'll be catching the light until the early morning.
Looking for color without the sparkle? Lee Matthews' Sierra Contrast Silk Satin Slip Dress on The Dreslyn combines a pretty pink shade with bold red for a long frock that's bright sans glitter. It also brings the slip dress trend into play, making for a very fashion-girl friendly way to dress during the festivities. And to really wow, just throw on this Yellow Crushed Velvet Midi Dress from Frankie Shop — it's a bright shade that'll stand out in even the most sequin-covered crowd on New Year's Eve.
Obviously, the options out there are practically endless — but below, you'll find 15 of the very best on the internet that'll let you dance 'till dawn in style (with no mini dresses or ball gowns in sight).