Make a statement — at a distance! — with these finds, from the ultimate LBD to shiny sequin designs.

By Alexis Bennett and Tessa Petak
Updated Nov 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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While the holiday season might look slightly different this year due to the pandemic, that doesn't mean you can't pull out a holiday party dress (or two). 'Tis the season for sparkles and glitter, and even though you're not hitting the office party (at least in person) or attending any large formal dinners, you can still put on a fancy mini to help make the season bright.

Whether you're looking for a holiday cocktail dress for your small, socially distant gathering, or one with a little stretch that allows you to freely lounge on the couch while you FaceTime family, we've rounded up the best holiday dresses that are still worth wearing in 2020.

Best Polka-Dot Dress

Spice things up with some fun polka-dots. They're an unlikely choice compared to the key colors of the season, but definitely on-trend this year. Chiffon and polka-dots (as seen in this dress from Revolve) make for a picture-perfect Instagram post by the fire.

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Shop: revolve.com; $178.

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Shop: revolve.com; $218

Best Black Dresses

You can never have too many black dresses in your closet. The universally-flattering color can make even the most inexpensive (or comfortable) materials appear fancier. Plus, you won't have to worry as much about spills after you've had a second (or third) eggnog.

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Shop: nordstrom.com; $58.

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Shop: revolve.com; $282.

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Best Designer Dresses

Special occasions call for special outfits — even if you're just wearing them around the house. The designer dresses below are made with high-quality fabrics and impeccable craftsmanship, which means you'll get to re-wear them over and over again during the holiday season and beyond. Plus, you can't go wrong with a winter-friendly plaid outfit, which you can nail with the tweed Akris Punto dress, below.

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Shop: nordstrom.com; $1,700.

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Shop: nordstrom.com; $1,290.

Best White Dresses

That whole "don't wear white after Labor Day" thing is beyond tired. White is now considered a classic winter color (you might just match the snow-covered ground) and will be just as sleek as an LBD, so we say go for it.

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Shop: nordstrom.com; $180.

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Shop: revolve.com; $595.

Best Plus-Size Dresses

Sites such as Nordstrom and ASOS keep a versatile selection of dresses stocked for every shape and size. Whether you're hoping for something sexy, sparkly, and sheer, or have your heart set on a Kamala-Harris-approved pussybow, there are a ton of options to choose from.

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Shop: nordstrom.com; $110.

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Shop: nordstrom.com; $41.

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Shop: asos.com; $178

Best Bodycon Party Dresses

A bodycon is always a solid option when it comes to showing off your figure — and, these dresses look great under both leather jackets and cardigans. Opt for an elegant champagne hue or a fun, vibrant emerald shade, like the below leggy mini.

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Shop: revolve.com; $138

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Shop: revolve.com; $265

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Shop: revolve.com; $495

Best Sheer Party Dresses

The naked dress trend is definitely a favorite for celebrities on the red carpet (back when red carpets were a thing). Try it out during your next virtual holiday happy hour with a semi-sheer party dress.

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Shop: freepeople.com; $250

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Shop: asos.com; $92

Best Mini Party Dresses

Go ahead and show off those legs. Shorter hemlines are a party dress staple, and since you're staying home anyway, you won't have to worry about keeping your legs warm with tights or over-the-knee boots.

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Shop: revolve.com; $88.

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Shop:revolve.com; $238.

Best Sequin Party Dresses

Did the holidays really happen if you didn't wear a sequin dress? Sequins will make the holidays feel a little more normal this year — even if your best house guest is your dog, instead of your favorite aunt.

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Shop: asos.com; $143

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Shop: urbanoutfitters.com; $222