The 20 Best Holiday Dresses of 2022 from Sequins to Velvet – Harper’s BAZAAR | Directory Mayhem

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Eleven months out of twelve, I’m a devoted minimalist revered on the altar of capsule wardrobe and upgraded basics. When December comes I’ll do a style 180. Sequins! Velvet! More sequins! I am transformed by the magnetic pull of the best holiday dresses. Like the events they are worn to, party dresses are special anticipate. They are special because they are not worn too often and because they are equipped with the most exaggerated details.

“The holidays are the perfect time to go all glitz and glamor,” agrees Sarah Tam, Chief Commercial Officer at Rent the Runway. And in 2022, she’s noticed that designers are taking an even closer look at hallmarks of classic vacation details. If your only party goal is to shimmer, disco sequin dresses are in big rotation. (They look best in a sky-high mini form, says Tam.) Black-tie tuxedos have been modernized into maxi skirt and jumpsuit forms with larger lapels and feminine details when elegant tailoring is the order of the day. For those riding the fashion world’s Y2K nostalgia wave, there are glittery net minis worthy of the front page of a tabloid everywhere. Then there’s the plush collection of velvet dresses, from short sleeves to long dresses: “a holiday classic,” says Tam. And if you want your Christmas party dresses to resemble the presents you’re unwrapping – big in volume and crowned with a bow – inflated proportions and romantic bows are ubiquitous.

Whatever your January-November style, the best holiday dresses feel like a gift to wear into the New Year. Shop (or rent!) our favorites below.

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Best Sequin Party Dress

Misa Los Angeles

Nova dress

Best Y2K party dress

Poster girl

Calypso cocktail dress

Best Feathered Party Dress

The vampire’s wife

The Ghosteen feather trimmed velvet robe dress

Best Plaid Party Dress


The plaid puff dress

Best party dress on Amazon

Norma Kamali

Slip Diana mini dress

Best Iridescent Party Dress


Square neck prairie mini dress

Best party jumpsuit

Jonathan Simkhai

Reyna tailored jumpsuit

Best ultra mini party dress

Sergio Hudson

Mini dress with multiple seams

Best trapeze party dress

Kate Spade

Dress Ella with rose embroidery

Best party dress with bow embellishment


Leanne dress

Best Silk Maxi Party Dress


Cassis silk dress

Best Mixed Material Party Dress

Ashley Park x RTR

Encore velvet mini dress

Best Sequin Party Dress

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Phoenix in snake doré dress

Best minimal party dress

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Fitted midi dress with a slit

Best Corset Party Dress

Autumn Adeigbo

Clarette velvet dress with puff sleeves and V-neckline

Best party dress with fringes

north current

Embellished midi dress by Collectors

Best Silk Mini Party Dress


Catriona silk mini dress with cape sleeves

Best Vintage-Inspired Velvet Dress


Cleone dress

Best Jacquard Party Dress

sister Jane

Jacquard mini dress Natalia

Best Palette Mini Dress

Banana Republic

Teia sequin mini dress

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