The 19 Most Extra Dresses to Wear to All of Your Holiday Parties

Now’s the time to do the most.

By: Sara Tan

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When it comes down to it, the holidays are really about doing the most. The sparkliest lights, the merriest music, the biggest presents, the sweetest cookies, and the most extra outfits. And let’s be real—if you don’t wear the most extra dress to all of your holiday functions, are you really doing the season right? While there’s no stopping you from wearing the most over-the-top ensembles year-round, there’s something special about doing it during the holidays—it just makes sense. Picture it: you in your most dramatic dress, juxtaposed with boughs of holly, a tower of gifts, and twinkling ornaments in the background. It’s a Kirakira dream.

While minimalism has been all the rage, fashion has definitely taken note of the trend of being extra, fully embracing it for the holiday season. From glittering sequins to exaggerated sleeves, there’s endless ways to stylishly stand out at your next festive function. Prepare for the compliments to start rolling in.


Plus Size Distressed Sweater Dress, $25

Sweater dresses can be cozy and sexy.

Women’s Ruffle Sleeve Velvet Fit & Flare, $25

Instead of wearing an ugly sweater, why not show up to your next party in the ultimate Christmas dress? It’s almost more festive than dressing up in a Santa suit.

ASOS CURVE Dramatic Pleated Sleeve Mini Shift Dress, $50

The sleeves! The color! The cut!

Multi-Color Cosmic Print Chiffon Ruffle Skater Dress, $52

This constellation printed dress is basically out of this world.

Silver Sequin Lace Trim Bodycon Dress, $55

If you’ve ever wondered what Kourtney Kardashian would wear to a holiday party, wonder no more. Her collection with PrettyLittleThing is filled with over-the-top dresses you could rock to your next holiday function if you’re feeling particularly sassy.

Velvet Sheer Bell-Sleeve Jumpsuit, $58

OK, so this is technically a jumpsuit, but it’s beyond extra. Those sleeves alone deserve a spot in this roundup.

Akira Fairy Dust Tiered Hem Sparkly Mini Dress, $70

Sparkles? Check. Ruffles? Check. Sheer polka-dot bodice? This frilly dress is too fun to pass up.

Green Sequined Dress, $80

If this dress doesn’t scream holidays to you, nothing will.

Ammo De La Loire Dramatic Dress, $89

You’ll be an immediate showstopper with these epic sleeves.

ASOS RED CARPET Deep Plunge Cocktail Mini Dress with Extreme Sleeve, $103

This sassy, ’80s-inspired hot magenta dress is not for the faint of heart.

Pleated Off-Shoulder Dress, $105

You shouldn’t have to compromise comfort when you want to be extra. This pleated off-the-shoulder dress is equal parts comfy and fabulous.

Sequin Off the Shoulder Flare Sleeve Dress, $140

Find any excuse to wear this stunning sequined party dress this holiday season.

Draped Bodice Peplum Dress, $140

The black velvet bow around the waist of this elegant, yet sexy red dress is just the perfect amount of extra.

Dress The Population Grace Silver Sequin Dress, $215

Be the brightest star in the room in this sparkling sequin embroidered dress.

Stylestalker Sasha Rose One Shoulder Dress, $220

Crushed velvet can actually look very chic, it turns out. You just need the right dress!

The Kye Dress, $249

This mini dress looks amazing from all angles, but if for some reason you don’t love the color or the cut, you can customize it on Fame and Partners’ website.

Open End Embellished Chiffon Dress, $298

Sequins and feathers are all that you need for a fabulously extra holiday dress.

Charlize Metallic Jersey Gown, $395

Rachel Zoe knows a thing or two about doing the most, and this disco-inspired gown from her line is no exception.

Sophia Dress, $428

Who says you have to wear sparkles and sequins to be festive? Why not wear every color of the rainbow instead?

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