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Evening Standard
Peter Bevan

Best New Year’s Eve party dresses to see in 2023, from feathers to sequins

If you can’t go all out on New Year’s Eve, then when can you? The one night a year you can wear feathers or sequins, velvet or satin, either separately or all at once, and no one can say a thing, it’s the best opportunity to wear the party dress of your dreams.

As perhaps the one occasion when the rules of buying a versatile wardrobe staple that you’ll wear all the time goes out the window, it’s the sole instance when investing in an all-out showstopper that will likely live in your collection for a few years before its next outing is acceptable. If your wardrobe is already overflowing but you still want to wear something new for the event, perhaps you could try renting from the likes of Selfridges, or By Rotation.

Whether you’re staying in for a dinner party with your nearest and dearest, or you’re planning a night out with your mates, the options are endless so you’re sure to find the perfect style. If your aesthetic is classic, perhaps consider an LBD that you can accessorise with statement jewellery, or if you like to make an entrance, think feather trims and bright colours that are sure to turn heads. Either way, finish your look off with a pair of party heels for the final touch.

Whatever your taste, we’ve rounded up the best available to buy now to save you the time in the run up to the busiest season of the year, so you’re ready for when December 31 rolls around.

Rixo Samantha sequined crepe mini dress

Shimmer across the dancefloor in Rixo’s green sequin dress. Sophisticated, fun, and festive, it’s the perfect dress to wear for the countdown.

Buy now £295.00, Net-A-Porter

Kitri Gwen Star Halterneck Dress

You’ll be the star of the show in Kitri’s printed dress. Featuring a fitted bodice, high side slit, and halterneck, it’s a definite showstopper.

Buy now £165.00, Kitri

River Island Black RI Studio Satin Fringe Maxi Dress

Enter 2023 with elegance in River Island’s fluid high necked fringed maxi dress. The neck tie with tassels adds an extra touch of drama.

Buy now £110.00, River Island

16Arlington Cynthia feather-trimmed crepe de chine halterneck mini dress

An LBD with a twist, the feather trim of 16Arlington’s dress takes it from understated to party-ready in an instant.

Buy now £850.00, Net-A-Porter

Rotate Birger Christensen Sequined puff-sleeve midi dress

Add sparkle to the best night of the year with Rotate Birger Christensen’s puff sleeve dress. In a powder pink, it features a fitted waistline and all-over fringed effect.

Buy now £474.00, MyTheresa

& Other Stories Mirrored Chainmail Mini Dress

A nod to Paco Rabanne’s iconic chainmail, & Other Stories dress is a more affordable alternative that’s a versatile wardrobe addition for party season. It could be worn over a neon slip, a risqué brief and bralette set, or simply trousers and a crop top.

Buy now £175.00, & Other Stories

NBD Hollywood & Vine Mini

A classic design given a New Year’s Eve makeover with the crystal embellished shoulder straps, NBD’s mini is a dress you could wear year after year.

Buy now £182.00, Revolve

Zara Voluminous Velvet Dress

Not only is Zara’s dress designed in a perfectly festive red, but the velvet, puff hem, and darts make for a dress that looks much more expensive than its £59.99 price tag.

Buy now £59.99, Zara

Taller Marmo Samba fringed jacquard-satin mini dress

Known for voluminous fringed dresses, this is a more pared back version of Taller Marmo’s signature, but with the same striking sense of movement thanks to the tassels, shimmery fabric and asymmetric hem.

Buy now £630.00, MatchesFashion

Reiss Sequin Cape One Shoulder Mini Dress

Perfect for a lavish night out or dinner party, Reiss’ one shoulder sequin design is certainly sure to turn heads as you see in 2023.

Buy now £228.00, Reiss

Reformation Malaga Velvet Dress

A floor length gown ideal for any elegant parties you have on the horizon, Reformation’s velvet design will catch the light in all the right places.

Buy now £505.00, Reformation

Kika Vargas Gina balloon-sleeve taffeta mini dress

If a three course meal is on the agenda, Kika Vargas’ lightweight super comfotable voluminous style offers you ample space as well as all the drama your entrance deserves.

Buy now £565.00, MatchesFashion

Sister Jane Aurora bow-embellished stretch-woven midi dress

Bows aren’t just for presents this season, as proven by Sister Jane’s bow-adorned midi dress.

Buy now £80.00, Selfridges

Karen Millen Sequin And Feather One Shoulder Mini Dress

Sequins! Feathers! Lilac! It doesn’t get any more extra than Karen MIllen’s one shoulder dress, so if you like to be centre stage, this one’s for you.

Buy now £179.00, Karen Millen

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