Our best buying guide for New Year's dresses

Dec 26, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. ET

The holidays are here, which means the New Year is right around the corner. We know you want to look good and we’re here to help. No matter what your budget may be, we have some serious dress-piration for you. From mod minis and sexy shifts to fabulous floor-sweeping frocks, you’re bound to find something you love on our list of New Year`s dresses.

Dresses under $100

Cute cut-outs

Not only is the price point of this get-noticed dress wallet-friendly, the vibrant turquoise hue and cute side cut-outs make it a fun and flirty way to ring in the New Year (modcloth.com, $65). We love the sweetheart neckline and body-hugging design and suggest pairing this pretty piece with black ankle boots or sky-high platform pumps.

get-noticed dress

Chiffon one-shoulder

There's something sexy about one-shoulder dresses that makes them ideal for events where you want to stand out. We love this chic chiffon style with a cinched waist and cascading chiffon in an asymmetrical design in front (urbanoutfitters.com, $59). Pair this effortlessly elegant dress with gold statement accessories for an ensemble worthy of the biggest party of the year.

chic chiffon style

Metallic midi

Midi (and maxi) dresses are shaping up to be a winter style must-have. Get in on the trend early with this party-perfect metallic midi dress (asos.com, $73) featuring a slash neckline, long skinny sleeves with a dropped shoulder and a daring dipped back. All you need to finish the look are black heels and a clutch to match.

Metallic midi dress

Ravishing red

There are few hues better than red if you want to make a statement on New Year's Eve. We were immediately drawn to this rich red maxi dress with a low v-neckline (edressme.com, $98). The dramatic color and flattering design make this an easy-wearing but ultra-chic evening gown.

rich red maxi dress

Winter white party dress

We've fallen for winter whites in a big way this season, so when this pretty party dress caught our attention, we knew we had to add it to our list (dillards.com, $69). White lace is overlaid atop black chiffon and the front features a flirty keyhole cut-out and a cute twisted bust. Complete the look with black tights and black booties.

Winter white party dress

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