There aren’t many occasions when it’s socially acceptable to outshine a disco ball, but on one night of the year it’s not only OK, it’s encouraged. We’re talking, of course, about New Year’s Eve, the most sparkly, shimmery holiday on the calendar.
That said, arriving at a NYE party in full-on sequins without experiencing the feeling known as oh-god-what-was-I-thinking takes a little careful shopping. What it comes down to, we’ve learned through a decade+ of trial and error, is choosing a dress that balances an excess of sparkle with a sleek silhouette.
Ahead, 9 designs that’ll help you kick off 2018 with the revelry it (hopefully) deserves.
Sequin Style: Pink & Pretty
Turns out, three-quarter length sleeves and a short-but-not-too-short length make the perfect canvas for micro sequins in frosty pink.
Sequin Style: Platinum with a Plunge
This straight-cut dress covered in textured sequins is that much more irresistible courtesy of a deep V that plunges down the back.
Sequin Style: Up to Your Neck in Shimmer
A mock turtleneck and long sleeves will let you feel covered up while attaining maximum shine.
Sequin Style: Silver & Sleeveless
A slit here, a plunge there — and of course an abundance of silver sequins — add up to classic NYE glamour.
Sequin Style: On Fire
The one-shoulder design of this dress is all the more appealing when rendered in fiery red sequins. For the slightly less bold, the look comes in gold, black, and navy, too.
Sequin Style: Champagne Shimmer
Champagne sequins offer the glamour you were after, while the halter neckline makes this cocktail dress almost universally flattering.
Sequin Style: No Holds Barred
We’re not going to lie: This look will take an abundance of confidence to pull off. But if you’ve got it, here’s your chance to flaunt it in a bodycon look that’s as short as it is plunging.
Sequin Style: Deco Design
The sequined pattern on this dress might have time-traveled all the way from the 1920s, but the cut-out sleeves are fully grounded in 2018.
Sequin Style: Gold (But Not) Standard
Pretty golden paillettes and a wrap design make this dress equal parts glamorous and flattering.
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