New Year's Eve Dresses to Wear for a Proper 2018 Send Off

We found the one, I mean, 15 options.

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Because it's only fitting to strut into 2019 wearing a fresh party look (out with the old, in with the new), shop our picks for the slinkiest, shiniest, and most velvety dresses that'll help you ring in the new year without the New Year's Eve blues. Most of these dresses can be re-worn to weddings, birthdays, and dinner dates with your S.O., meaning 2019 is looking to be a wallet-friendly year.

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1 The Metallic Wrap Dress
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& Other Stories satin midi dress, $149

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Your go-to wrap dress now comes in metallic (thank god) to help you ring in the new year—comfortably. This dress features long balloon sleeves and a v-cut neckline to show off a delicate necklace or pair of statement earrings. Wear it with heels for GNO or with ankle boots to your S.O.'s family party.

2 The Sequined Gown
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Ganni sequined crepe midi dress, $620

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This Ganni dress strikes the perfect balance between sophistication and fun, because really, what's a NYE party without sequins? Pair with strappy sandals or knee-high boots and your party outfit will be a solid A+.

3 The Casual but Cute Dress
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Nanushka lavender satin dress, $500

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For us, this is the dress to end 2018 in. It's not your typical flashy, sparkly sequin dress, but it's just as powerful thanks it's short length and surprising color (you'll instantly stand out in this fresh lilac hue). Accessorize with a gold necklace or silver earrings—you name it.

4 The VIP Party Dress
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Cult Gaia asymmetric silk dress, $850

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This dress will transport you back to the Gatsby era. It's silky and sexy with a tassel detail that will swing as you make your way across the dance floor. Style it with a faux fur coat and a kitten heel to make your grand entrance at that exclusive party.

5 The Classic Cocktail Dress
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Staud vertigo cotton mini dress, $195

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The guys can wear their boring ol' black-and-white tuxes. You have this baby. Staud's two-toned mini dress has a body-hugging design and a sweet bow that gives it a feminine vibe. Style with a pair of black mule heels and add another complementary bow to your hair (à la Kate Middleton) because why not.

6 The "I'm Spending NYE on a Beach" Dress
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Ba&sh maxi dress, $695

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Ending 2018 somewhere warm this year? (Lucky you.) This Ba&sh dress masters effortless beach style mixed with a little city sparkle. Note the smocked back waistband for comfort and the long front slit to show off your shoes (or lack thereof on the sandy beach). This dress will pair perfectly with your glowing tan.

7 The Velvet Slip Dress
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Cinq a Sept cowl neck mini dress, $425

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Apologies to the LBD, but you've been replaced. Ring in 2019 with the LVD (little velvet dress). Yes, we just made that up. This '90s silhouette is the perfect dress for the single ladies who just want to have fun. Throw on a red heel and add some sparkle with a glittery clutch. You're now ready to hit the town.

8 The Animal Print Gown
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Saloni tiger print silk dress, $650

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MeOW. This tiger-striped dress is for the fiercest fashion girl in the room. Animal print was everywhere this season, so it's only appropriate to the end the year in this feisty slip dress. Turn it up with large hoop earrings like these or tone it down with dainty studs.

9 The Feathered Mini
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Meshki feather mini dress, $92

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Swearing off sequins and sparkles this year because everyone wears that? Same. Go with this feathered LBD that'll show off your décolletage and legs. The fun and flirty design will look fantastic with a pair of pastel-colored heels.

10 The Long-Sleeve Mini Dress
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Retrofete sequin dress, $615

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This dress checks off all your NYE outfit requirements. Sparkles? Check. Waist-defining? Check. A mini length? Check. It's literally setting you up for success in the new year by helping you feel fabulous. Wear with a pair of black thigh-high boots. Twenty-nineteen never saw you coming.

11 The Striped Dress
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Markarian striped velvet dress, $930

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A splurge? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. We judge a dress's investment-ability based on how many times we can rewear it and this one works for every occasion, from NYE to your BFF's birthday party. Spend the money now on this mini dress and never worry about what to wear again.

12 The Silky Slip Dress
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Olivia Von Halle slip dress, $375

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Spice up a sexy slip dress like this by adding a mesh top underneath. The double layer provides that fashion-girl touch to an otherwise simple look. If you rather wear the dress as-is, use it as a base to show off your extravagant jewelry. We're thinking this BaubleBar necklace should suffice.

13 The Blazer Dress
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Zara sequined blazer, $119

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You don't need a disco ball, you're it in this shiny blazer dress. As soon as you take off your coat, all eyes will be on you and that's not a bad thing because now's the time to show off your dance moves. Style with black or shiny tights and ankle boots. This is the ultimate New Year's Eve look.

14 The Asymmetrical Dress
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Caroline Constas slip dress, $695

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This velvet dress is ideal if you're celebrating NYE with your family and want something stylish...but also something grandma would approve of. The golden hue and floral print are festive and the asymmetrical hemline is living-room-dance-party-worthy. Repurpose for winter weddings, getting the most bang for your buck.

15 The Elegant Gown
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Attico draped crushed-velvet dress, $849

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Inspired by vintage styles from the '40s, this Attico dress is the definition of a wow party look. Between the bright fuchsia hue and the velvety texture, you'd find all of us hard pressed to, at least, not try it on. If you're looking to stand out, scoop up this dress. Wear with sparkly heels.

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