We can’t believe 2023 is right around the corner and have no idea how that happened so fast. But one thing we do know is that it’s time to shop for the perfect New Year’s Eve dress. When we think of New Year’s Eve outfits, sparkly sequined shifts, ruffles, and beaded styles all immediately come to mind—feathers also are having a moment this year—but you don’t have to rely on the classics. Though you can’t go wrong with a velvet winter dress, you could also lean into metallics (think a chain metal mini) or try one of the season’s biggest trends: sheer dresses.
We’ve curated a list of the best New Year’s Eve dresses, inspired by some of our favorite celebs, so you can start off 2023 on a fashionable foot. Here are the styles to tap into.
Keke Palmer: Heavy metal
Sparkly numbers and New Year’s Eve make a perfect marriage. Take a page from KeKe Palmer’s book and wear your own metallic blazer or minidress. If you can’t channel a disco ball on New Year’s Eve, then when can you?
Selena Gomez: Pops of purple & pink
With all due respect to the LBD, why not stand out from the crowd in a splash of color? Channel Selena Gomez and go for gemstone hues like magenta for a Barbiecore moment or a violet slip dress—another huge trend for 2023.
Zendaya: Black body-con
Skin-hugging dresses make waves for nearly every occasion, but especially NYE. If you’re down to try an open-back style like Zendaya’s gown, go for Skims’ jersey knit backless (and smoothing!) dress. Other top contenders include an off-the-shoulder formal dress from Norma Kamali, a full-coverage body-con dress from Naked Wardrobe, and a dupe for all from Amazon.
Taylor Swift: Sheer
Yes, this crystallized dress trend is still having a moment. Take it from Taylor Swift, who paired an embellished sheer skirt with a bodysuit underneath to show off just enough skin. Shop pieces from Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and ASOS to put your own spin on the trend.