Currently swooning over these holiday and New Year’s Eve dress ideas

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If your Christmas shopping is nearly done, don’t finish off your shopping without one very important item: a party dress! Whether for Christmas, Kwanzaa or New Year’s Eve the retail world is stocked with so many beautiful options this year.

An additional perk? Many of the dresses in this post are on promo today! Anthropologie for example is offering 30% off dresses, shoes and accessories, and select clothing items through tonight. You can see the full list of Anthro promos here. This means the pretty Roupell Embroidered Dress (now $206, above) is over $90 less today than normal.

I’m seeing ever more party dresses make their way online at Anthropologie. Better late than never I guess! Some of the other dresses that caught my eye for holiday and New Year’s Eve include the Claire Midi Dress (now $119), the Maud Embroidered Shift Dress (now $125) and the Hollybrooke Sequin Dress (now $270).

Anthropologie might be my first choice to shop holiday and New Year’s Eve dress ideas but it’s not the only place running a promo today! J. Crew is again doing 50% off the entire store today which means pretty dresses like the Long-sleeve lace sheath dress (now $124) and the stunning red A-line spaghetti-strap dress with velvet tie (now $114) are in the hot deal zone.

From Express to Madewell to Modcloth I’ve got more picks down below! I will note that many retailers are experiencing shipping delays right now — even my Amazon packages are arriving 1-3 days past their expected due date. So if you need a dress fast be warned that it may not happen, but I expect anything ordered in the next three days to make it in time for New Year’s Eve.

Most prices in the shoppable boutique are before promotional discounts!


  1. Grace
    December 12, 2018 / 11:15 am

    I adore the dress at the top of the post! It's so colorful and pretty. I am going to a New Year's Eve party this year and I'm torn on what to wear. The dress code calls for something sparkly but I don't wear sparkle. Now I'm wondering if I could make that Anthro dress work.

    • Shari
      December 12, 2018 / 11:33 am

      I think it is beautiful but that is just me. Maybe if you wear metallic shoes, that can add the additional sparkle!

    • December 12, 2018 / 12:10 pm

      I agree with Shari that it looks gorgeous!! (I haven't seen it in real life to verify.) You could carry a sparkly purse or wear some blingy jewelry.

  2. Shari
    December 12, 2018 / 11:38 am

    I actually used the promo to purchase a work dress (Double Breasted Blazer Dress) and a summer dress that I love (Faithful Nadine Smocked Dress).

    • December 12, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Nice! I wish they'd do another sitewide promo but a dress promo is always welcome.

      • Shari
        December 12, 2018 / 9:46 pm

        Me too as there are things other than dresses I would like. The Double Breasted Blazer Dress came and it is a giant NO. it is HUGE (and not nice). First of all, it does not button, you put it on over your head. But the biggest issue is it is HUGE. I would need at least 2 sizes smaller and I don't like it nearly enough to try again.

      • Shari
        December 13, 2018 / 7:36 am

        You got your wish – 30% off EVERYTHING!

        • December 13, 2018 / 11:20 am


  3. pilatesgrrl
    December 12, 2018 / 11:46 am

    I wish I had a fun NYE party to wear these dresses to! I did buy a couple of Anthropologie dresses with this promo. The Juno Printed Dress doesn’t have great reviews but I thought it was worth a chance in the leopard print and the Sonoran Sweater Dress It’s so pretty on!!

    Roxy with your recommendation I picked up the Matinee Sweater Dress during a recent promo and it’s lovely. So so lovely. Thrilled to have you back and doing OOTDs, I get a lot of inspiration from them! I wish Anthropologie would do a campaign with you — I’d love to see you style more of their stuff.

    • pilatesgrrl
      December 12, 2018 / 11:47 am

      Oh and please feel free to change these to your links!

    • December 12, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      I'm thrilled that the Matinee Sweater Dress was such a winner for you!!

  4. Denise_S
    December 12, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    What is the latest on the Anthro price adjustment policy? If you purchase a full price item, and then there is a percent off promo, does that qualify for a PA? How about a purchase of a non-sale (full price) item with a percent off promo, and then the item gets marked down? The language on the website is rather vague.

    • Stefanie
      December 12, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Yes to the first option -I bought the velvet jumpsuit full price then got it adjusted to 30 off on Black Friday
      I’d say no to second option-pretty sure they are only giving pa’s on item purchased at full price.

    • December 13, 2018 / 11:19 am

      Agree with Stefanie.

  5. evb
    December 13, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Anthro's having 30% everything, 40% off sale and free shipping over $50. Can't beat that!

    • December 13, 2018 / 11:19 am

      So great! I've put my quick picks on the homepage and will have a full post for it tomorrow.

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