We know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t you pretty much tell us to f*ck dresses and wear pants this holiday season?” Yes, we did … but that doesn’t mean we’re against dresses entirely.

In fact, dresses can be pretty badass, depending on the style and, of course, how you wear them. And for this reason, we’re totally OK with wearing one for New Year’s Eve.

The key to differentiating yourself from the rest of the NYE crowd is to not go for the obvious (i.e. glittery, sequin dresses in simple silhouettes or plain LBDs). Instead, try out metallic fabrics to help you shine, or opt for a black dress in a faux leather fabric with interesting details.

Just in time for the final party of the year, here are 10 dresses that’ll help you maintain your cool girl status this New Year’s Eve.

zara pleather dress

1. Zara Asymmetrical Leather-Effect Dress, $49.90

This dress screams ’80s rocker vibes, with its leather effect, and slightly ruffled shoulder detail. Up the ante by pairing with fishnet tights and some killer ankle booties, like in the photo above.

hm green dress

2. H&M Metallic Dress, $59.99.

Make the rest of the party green with envy with this calf-length metallic dress. For added coolness, wear with a pair of fur-lined slides.

reformation dress

3. The Reformation James Dress, $248.

Business in the front, party in the back! At first glance, this silk dress looks serious with its high-neck, but once you turn around, you’ll be making everyone wish you were their present this Christmas.

4. ASOS WHITE Blazer Midi Dress With Satin Detail, $149.59.

Part oversized blazer, part dress, this number is perfect for ringing in the New Year like the boss you are.

cmeo dress
5.  C/MEO Collective Another Way Dress, $195.

As much as we love slip dresses, they’re getting kind of boring. This version, however, with its slashed bottom, is definitely a different take on the ’90s classic.

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