New Year’s Eve Dresses 2011

It's almost 2012, which means you had better sort out your New Year's Eve plans ... and fast!
But more important than where you're going is what you're wearing. (If there's one night to shine, it's this one.)

We rounded up our favorite cocktail dresses—from sequined to lace, so you can look fashionably festive come midnight.

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Want all eyes on you? Of course you do! Combine sequins and color blocking for a guaranteed showstopper. And with all that sparkle, you can keep your jewelry to a minimum.

Sleeveless Color Block Dress with Lightweight Stretch by DKNY, $345;

Elie Tahari
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Elie Tahari

This gorgeous dress' mustard hue will keep you right on trend, while draping will flatter your figure. Plus, there's something super-decadent about the feeling of silk on your skin. Bonus: Wide straps will ensure that your frock stays in place (read: no tugging or adjusting all night). And at this price, you'll still have money leftover for champers.

Simone Dress by Elie Tahari, $498;

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Wearing a dress fit for a princess may be the perfect way to ring in the new year! From one of the Duchess of Cambridge's go-to labels, this navy lace sheath with ruching on the front will no doubt have you looking royally ready for 2012. Now, if only you could stumble upon a prince as the clock strikes midnight. Hey, a girl can dream ...

Lourdes dress in Indigo by Reiss, $300;

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It doesn't get much more festive than feathers! This sleeveless satin dress featuring a drop-waisted plumage skirt channels that Great Gatsby—a look that is making a major comeback. Get a jump on the '20s train now before everyone else.

Caliay Polymembrane brushed-satin and feather dress by Theory, $455;

marchesa notte
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Marchesa Notte

Want to show some skin but keep your arms undercover? We have just the dress for you. This shimmery silk style has chic blouson sleeves (in case you've been slacking on those push-ups) and a short hemline (perfect for highlighting all that time on the treadmill).

Lurex Pattern Silk Dress by Marchesa Notte, $1,129;