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Top 10 Holiday Party Dresses

The Best Holiday Dresses To Keep You Festive And Comfortable At Socially Distanced Events

The Best Holiday Dresses To Keep You Festive And Comfortable At Socially Distanced Events

If this year had any resemblance to normalcy, come November 1, we would have already sent out our RSVPs for party season and stocked our wardrobes full of festive looks. In years past, we've been overwhelmed by our packed calendars and celebratory commitments, but this holiday season, many of us are wishing we wouldn't have taken those busy schedules for granted. 

Party season will look a little different this year, to say the least. But whether you're surrounding yourself with loved ones donning masks and a six-foot distance or opting for a household celebration, we'd argue it's still important to look your very best. After all, clothes have the power to lift one's spirits instantly, and there's no better garment for the job than a festive holiday dress. So instead of opting for the department store dressing room or hitting up your search engine, check out our list of the Top 10 holiday dresses to wear this winter season. From budget-friendly picks to frocks that will outlive the holidays and even something made for lounging, Rank & Style has got you covered. Keep scrolling to shop the best dresses for any socially distanced holiday occasion. Opening image: anthropologie.com

Find a holiday dress that reigns supreme? Check out our 10 Best Holiday Nail Colors to complete the look. 

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December 7, 2020

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Gap Shirred Midi Dress
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Gap Shirred Midi Dress

WHY YOU NEED IT: This dress is so plain and simple, you'll easily find an excuse to wear it long beyond the holidays—think dinner dates and future cocktail parties.

STYLE WITH: If you're planning on celebrating from your living room this year, the vintage vibe this dress gives off is perfect for pairing with your favorite sneakers.

Anthropologie Melody Velvet Tunic Dress

WHERE TO WEAR: This velour dress is oh-so dreamy and looks as cozy as ever. With its mellow vibe and chill silhouette, this baby is perfect for an intimate dinner party or socially distanced secret Santa.

STYLE WITH: Provide this dress with a little more structure and style it with your favorite belt.

A New Day Puff Long Sleeve Sweater Dress

BEST FOR: This casual-cool dress is perfect for a chill holiday in. If you plan on roasting s'mores by the fire and having Christmas movie marathons, this dress will keep you equally cozy and chic throughout all of the festivities.

WHY YOU NEED IT: This holiday dress is all about versatility. Wear it to work on your first day back at the office, or sport it on your next dinner date.

H&M Faux Leather Dress

WHY YOU NEED IT: Faux leather is having a big moment this season, and this dress fits right in with all of the beloved leather trends. 

STYLE WITH: No evening look is complete without a great bag

Mango Ribbed Midi Dress

WHY YOU NEED IT: This black knit dress screams sophistication and makes styling a breeze. Throw on some red lipstick, your favorite gold jewelry, and head out. 

COMPLETE THE LOOK: Finish off your evening look with a bright and bold holiday nail color

Who What Wear Bell Long Sleeve Sweater Dress

LOVED FOR: The bell sleeves and turtleneck on this chic dress instantly elevate the style. Bonus: this dress is woven for warmth. 

STYLE WITH: Style yourself from head to toe (literally), and pair this dress with a chic cloth face mask.

H&M Puff-Sleeved Dress

WHY YOU NEED IT: You can never go wrong with a puff-sleeve option, especially not one as festive and cheery as this little number. 

HELPFUL TIP: If you find the red option a bit intimidating, opt for polka dots, leopard, or solid black instead. 

H&M Balloon-Sleeved Dress

HELPFUL TIP: This flirty and flouncy dress is the cutest, but it tends to run large. We recommend sizing down to find your perfect fit.

USERS SAID: "If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. This dress is perfect. The sleeves are the perfect length, and the length of the dress is stunning. The material allows you to be casual or dress it up. I loved the black one so much that I bought the leopard print too. Hoping H&M comes out with more colors. Preferably solid colors. I want to see pink, blue, green, brown. I would get them all! Oh, the price point is perfect too."

Anthropologie Bias Slip Dress

BEST FOR: Available in tons of gorgeous colors and prints, this silky slip dress is a total wardrobe staple. Next time you're stumped on what to wear, this little number will save you.

STYLE WITH: Throw a blazer over this dress for a sleek and sophisticated touch that'll keep you warm on chilly nights.

All In Favor Dolman Plissé Midi Dress

LOVED FOR: With its peek-a-boo slit and waist-cinching fit, this is one of the most flattering styles on the list.

HELPFUL TIP: Reviewers say this style runs large, so we recommend sizing down for a perfect fit.

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