Why would you need to look at minimalist dresses right now? I’ll tell you why. Because the year is coming to an end, and you know what that means. Parties! You turn up, and everyone looks fabulous, but even though no one will admit it, the battle is on for who will walk away with the award for best dressed. Well, how would you like to be the one who gets the title this year? We can make that happen.
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Deciding what to wear for NYE is never easy. Mainly because we’re surrounded by so many options. Sequins, feathers, velvet, satin… everywhere you look, there’s a dress waving at you, beckoning you to be a match and take it to the ball like some desperate Cinderella. But which one to choose? Maybe the fanciest? The chicest? Or the best bargain? How about something a bit classier that you can actually make use of even after the clock strikes midnight, and you slip off your not-so-glass footwear? You can rest assured that these 12 minimalist dresses will never lose their magic. Because they are timeless.
You don’t need to be a minimalist to appreciate the dresses below. They are the perfect choice for mindful women who are making an effort to consume fashion more consciously, as well as for stylish girls who are all about classy, iconic outfits. Modern minimalist dresses make a statement. Think Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and the like. The clock’s turning twelve, and you’re turning heads.
I’ve put a lot of hours into finding the best of the best minimalist dresses online, so you don’t have to. Here is my carefully curated edit. Enjoy!
12 MUST-HAVE MINIMALIST DRESSES PERFECT FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE:
1. Mini Polo Dress
How stunning is this mini polo dress from & Other Stories?! The rose gold buttons in combination with the collar and the duo chest pockets really make this dress pop. This is one of those simple minimalist dresses that isn’t confined to be used just for NYE but all year round, really, season after season. You can dress it up or down according to the occasion as the style allows for versatility.
2. Frill-trill Knitted Dress
When it comes to New Year’s Eve dresses, our first thought often is “go big or go home”. Well, sometimes I go home. This is because we watch too many movies and shows that depict our heroine throwing cash at fancy, red carpet, expensive af dresses for this one time of the year, almost as if we “have to”. The truth is, we don’t! We certainly can, but we have no obligation. Sometimes a classy statement dress like this beautiful find from Boden is just enough to make you shine on the night. And not just on this one night, but for many more to come.
3. Tight Fitting Black Dress
Here’s another insanely stylish gem from Reformation for women who dare. This sexy little piece is the perfect balance between mini and midi, which means comfort without compromising on style. It has a center front slit, and it’s bra-friendly! (Great for small-breasted women like myself). If you don’t have a go-to black dress in your wardrobe already, consider adding this one. It’s a forever staple!
4. Red Velvet Dress
There is a special place in my heart for velvet dresses, and I’m so glad I found this wonderful piece made of recycled fabric, to include in this selection. It comes in two gorgeous colors, and although I’m all about the neutrals (as you’d know if you’re a regular blog reader) even I would pick the red one in this case!! It’s so pretty and sophisticated! All the Reformation clothes are made from eco-friendly materials, which makes it a great spot for stylish sustainable dresses.
5. Two-Piece Dress
You may count it as cheating as this one here is technically a two-piece, but I had to add it to this list. We’re talking about timeless must-have essentials, and this one cannot be passed. It gives a real Chanel vibe, but without the price tag to match. It’s not the traditional little black dress, but it’s guaranteed to earn you compliments. Especially if you know how to style it. Hint – think Blair Waldorf. Wear minimalist formal dresses with a twist of “Oh this? I just threw this on”.
6. Girl Boss Dress
Calling for all the girl bosses out there, this dress is for you! Wear it with knee-high boots for a comfy, sassy look, or go for a more feminine approach by styling it with classy black strappy sandal stiletto heels. Either way, all eyes will be on you. And the best bit about this dress? It’s a really great choice for winter as you can wear a little warm bodysuit underneath and not worry about freezing your buns off. Minimalist party dresses have a new queen with this one.
7. Long Black Dress
Bringing the 90s back with this stunning find from AYR. If you don’t like to dress up for NYE or any other holiday but are still looking to add a little chic minimalist dress to your wardrobe, let it be this one. It’s a classy staple every closet needs, especially if long dresses are your thing.
8. Midi Length Dress
I’m convinced that this is one of the most elegant midi dresses I’ve ever seen in my life. I have this love-hate relationship with midi dresses and I feel like finding a well-fitting one (especially when you’re 5’4 short) is a real struggle, but this one is out of this world. It’s crazy stylish, look at the design!! So flattering! It comes in a variety of colors as well as patterns, so if you’re not into simple plain fits, check the other options. These aren’t just minimalist NYE dresses, no. They’re made for 365.
9. The Little Black Dress
Did you really think that I would miss the iconic little black dress in this selection? Of course not! The chances are you already have the perfect one in your wardrobe, but in case you don’t, you should lower those cat-eye sunnies and give this a glance! Classy with a modern twist, naturally chic, this exquisite staple deserves a place in your closet. Hard to resist? You betcha! The classics are a solid investment. Tried and tested across the ages. That’s why it’s worth it.
10. Slim Fit Knit Dress
Flattering knitted dresses is what my fall/winter wardrobe is crying for. What about yours? It’s challenging to find stylish ones that are also comfy, versatile, and sustainably made. This Reformation gem right here ticks all the boxes! With a little imagination (or help from searching for minimalist dresses on Pinterest), you can dress it up for your NYE party, or alternatively, you can add it to your fall outfit rotation styled with black ankle boots and cute vegan leather jacket
11. Black Turtleneck Dress
Not everyone likes glaming up for NYE and if you’re one of those girls who doesn’t, here is a great option for you. This minimalist midi dress from COS is a wonderful, timeless basic to add to your winter capsule wardrobe. Not all NYE parties are red carpet. Sometimes (and often) the best ones are the low budget, last-minute house parties that require you to BYOB. So put on one of your minimalist casual dresses like this, get the ponytail up, the black ankle-heeled boots on, and grab a statement clutch bag on your way out.
12. Navy Jersey Dress
Bring an element of sophistication to your everyday dressing with this gorgeous Jersey dress. The super-soft cotton makes for great breathability, and the seamless capped sleeves mean you won’t be the sweaty Betty on the dance floor. Matching the curves of your body, accentuating the silhouette, providing a fit that’s snug, but not confining. Plus, as an added bonus, it has pockets! Shut up and take my money! This classy beast will be loved by all. Make your move.
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