53 Plus Size New Year's Eve Dresses That'll Make You Ditch Your Old LBDs For Good

by Marie Southard Ospina
Courtesy Plus Equals

For many of us, Dec. 31 can be a tumultuous affair. It is, all at once, a time for reflection and quiet contemplation, for dancing until dropping, and for resolutions meant to make the following year one of personal growth and optimism. That's a lot to pack into one day of the year, but a plus-size New Year's Eve dress may just make it feel a little bit less daunting. As a lover of style, I'm a firm believer in the notion that an outfit can make a mood. If I'm not feeling especially bold, productive, or creative, then I try to choose a look that makes me feel otherwise. Thankfully, the plus-size market is finally diverse enough to allow for more sartorial experimentation, and New Year's Eve is the perfect time to do just that.

Whether you're hitting the club, a basement party, your bestie's extravagant soiree, or a delicious dinner with friends and fam, there's no reason not to have fun with your NYE ensemble. Consider departing from the classic LBD, and try on a bright color, a glorious texture, or a sequin dream on for size. In something eye-catching and statement-making, you may just begin to feel like 2018 won't be yet another pain in the ass. Heck, maybe things can only go up from here. These dresses are certainly inspiring, anyway.

'80s Details
Courtesy Plus Equals

The Joan Dress (Sizes 10-28 & Custom), $86.73, Plus Equals

The puffed sleeve on this one-shoulder dress is very '80s and very extra.

Barbie's Night Out
Courtesy ASOS

Club L Plus Cami Strap Midi Bodycon Dress (Sizes 14-20), $40, ASOS

If Curvy Barbie were to hit the club this NYE, you know she'd be rocking something like this.

Courtesy ELOQUII

Draped Bodice Peplum Dress (Sizes 14-28), $139.90, ELOQUII

This peplum dress is absolutely timeless, and will undoubtedly serve you well for NYE and beyond.

Seeing In Silver
Courtesy SimplyBe

Joanna Hope Metallic Maxi Dress (Sizes 6-28), $157.49, SimplyBe

All eyes will be on you this New Year's Eve, since every step you take will sparkle.

Overall Stud
Courtesy Forever21

Plus Size Studded Bodycon Dress (Sizes 1X-3X), $58, Forever21

OK, so the core hue on this one is definitely black. But those silver studs mean it's not your old-school LBD.

Baseball Tee
Courtesy Isolated Heroes

Baby Blue Pastel Sequin Baseball Dress (Sizes 2-24 & Custom), $146.77, Isolated Heroes

For something a little more airy but no less statement-making, try this color-blocked sequin jersey dress on for size.

Metallic Blues
Courtesy Premme

Metallic Mesh Dress (Sizes L-6X), $65, Premme

The metallic blue hue of this mesh dress is sure to stand out among all the blacks, reds, and greens typical of NYE.

Snow Queen
Courtesy By Nadia Aboulhosn

Christine Dress Mintcream (Sizes L-2X), $99, By Nadia Aboulhosn

This "mintcream" piece is a little more subdued than some of this year's options, but it's no less glorious as a result. You'll look like the coolest snow queen on the block.

Mermaid Goals
Courtesy Torrid

Velvet High Slit Maxi Dress (Sizes 10-30), $76.23, Torrid

Remind the world that you're an actual mermaid in this high slit gown.

Sequin Swinger
Courtesy Addition Elle

Rachel Roy Sequin Swing Dress (Sizes XL-3X), $179, Addition Elle

In this swing dress, you'll be able to dance the night away without feeling constricted.

Fairy Princess
Courtesy Fashion Nova

Give Affection Flare Dress (Sizes L-3X), $49.99, Fashion Nova

A faux fur mini dress? Who could resist?

Slime Green
Courtesy ASOS

ASOS Curve Crepe Wrap Front Bardot Midi Dress (Sizes 18-24), $64, ASOS

Ditch the forest green color so beloved through the month of December and opt for that Nickelodeon slime hue instead.

Baby Spice
Courtesy Forever21

Plus Size Cowl Neck Dress (Sizes X-3X), $15, Forever21

Because you're the long-lost curvy Spice Girl and you know it.

Blue Velvet Goddess
Courtesy SimplyBe

SimplyBe Night Velvet Ruffle Bardot Maxi Dress (Sizes 8-22), $57.50, SimplyBe

Ever wished you were a 1950s starlet? Now's your chance.

Gold, Please
Courtesy Pink Clove

Plus Denise Long Sleeve Dress With Choker (Sizes 12-24), $27.45, Pink Clove

If gold's your color (and preferred accessory), look no further than this mini dress.

Nude Slip
Courtesy Elvi

Nude Sequin Slip Dress (Sizes 10-22), $42.73, Elvi

It's easy, breezy, but totally glam.

Velvet Spin
Courtesy Navabi

Paisley Print Velvet Dress (Sizes 12-26), $149.53, Navabi

Your velvet styles needn't be limited to burgundy and royal blue colors. This paisley dress is a totally unique take on a seasonal must-have.

Take The Plunge
Courtesy Fashion Nova

Sugar Free Dress (Sizes L-3X), $32.99, Fashion Nova

If you adore attention, you'll be sure to want this mega plunge mini. Rock your VBO with pride, babe.

Courtesy Plus Equals

The Minnie Dress (Sizes 10-38 & Custom), $80.11, Plus Equals

The sleeves on this Plus Equals piece are unbelievably on-trend, but the beautiful pastel pink hue will mean you can wear it across the seasons.

Belle Of NYE
Courtesy SmartGlamour

The Lynn Embroidered Mesh & Ribbon Dress (Sizes L-6XL & Custom), $115, SmartGlamour

If you love vintage-inspired silhouettes, this adorable mesh and ribbon dress is likely to steal your heart.

Courtesy ELOQUII

Sequin Off-The-Shoulder Flare Sleeve Dress (Sizes 14-28), $139.90, ELOQUII

Warning: This may just become your favorite dress of all time.

Touch Of Satin
Courtesy ASOS

ASOS Curve Color Block Satin Midi Dress With Tie Detail (Sizes 12-24), $60, ASOS

Craving something a little different? Why not opt for a satin spaghetti strap number this NYE?

Mini Dresses 4L
Courtesy Forever21

Plus Size Cutout Sequin Mini Dress (Sizes 0X-3X), $37.90, Forever21

This dress will definitely make you feel like an extra in the live action rendition of The Little Mermaid.

Wintry Skies
Courtesy By Nadia Aboulhosn

Amina Dress Baby Blue (Sizes L-3X), $35, By Nadia Aboulhosn

If blue's your color, look no further than this mini dress by style blogger and model Nadia Aboulhosn. It's as pretty as a sunny winter sky.

Couture Vibes
Courtesy JIBRI

JIBRI Velvet Boat Neck Maxi Slouch Dress With Cuff (Sizes 10-28), $220, JIBRI

JIBRI is one of the ultimate destinations for high end plus-sizes. This velvet maxi dress deserves a spot in any NYE arsenal.

Courtesy Monif C.

Petra Faux Leather Dress (Sizes 1X-3X), $138, Monif C.

Because you're a bold, take-no-BS femme and you make no apologies.

Slip Into This
Courtesy Addition Elle

Michel Studio Lace Slip Dress (Sizes X-4X), $120, Addition Elle

If you can wear a slip dress this NYE without succumbing to frostbite, consider opting for this lace detail beauty.

Courtesy Elvi

Red Sequin Dress (Sizes 10-22), $42.73, Elvi

A square neckline always screams sophistication.

Baby Blues
Courtesy Pink Clove

Plus Bonnie Metallic Shift Dress (Sizes 12-24), $27.45, Pink Clove

If bodycons aren't your thing, this shift dress might just be your saving grace. Moveable and light, it's a dancing queen's best friend.

Courtesy ELOQUII

Sequin Cape Dress (Sizes 14-24), $149.90, ELOQUII

Bring on all the glamour this NYE.

Breathable Sequins
Courtesy Plus Equals

The Kylie Dress (Sizes 10-38 & Custom), $113.49, Plus Equals

Shine bright like a diamond in something with a lot of re-wearing potential.

Classic Animal Print
Courtesy Navabi

Junarose Leopard Print Dress (Sizes 10-24), $45.38, Navabi

Maybe sequins and velvet aren't for you. This leopard print dress is suitable for any special occasion, be it NYE cocktails or your bestie's engagement party.

Chunky Details
Courtesy SimplyBe

SimplyBe Sequin Disc Bardot Dress (Sizes 8-28), $114.99, SimplyBe

If you didn't know you needed multicolored sequin discs in your life, you will now.

Queen Of Hearts
Courtesy Courtney Noelle

Lynn Dress (Sizes L-4X), $140, Courtney Noelle

Designer Courtney Noelle is queen of impeccable tailoring, as this red number clearly proves.

Like A Glove
Courtesy Fashion Nova

Stupid In Love Dress (Sizes L-3X), $32.99, Fashion Nova

Show off every lump and bump with pride in this skintight mini dress.

Fave Maxi
Courtesy ASOS

ASOS Curve Plunge Twist Front Midi Dress (Sizes 12-24), $60, ASOS

It's all in the details. The plunge neck and twist front make this midi a total winner.

Leather Accents
Courtesy SmartGlamour

The Sonia Pleather Colorblocked Shift Dress (Sizes L-6X & Custom), $65, SmartGlamour

Craving some minimalism with just a touch of boldness? A leather accent is just the thing for you.

Zip It
Courtesy Monif C.

Gena Scuba Dress (Sizes 1X-3X), $138, Monif C.

When dystopian details and timeless glamour mix, you get this excellent dress.

Feathery Night
Courtesy Isolated Heroes

Pastel Iridescent Deep V Feather Dress (Sizes 2-24 & Custom), $166.80, Isolated Heroes

Feathers, sequins, and a deep V neckline? You'll be the star of any NYE show.

Courtesy ASOS

Frock & Frill Plus Allover Premium Embellished Fluted Hem Detail Skater Dress (Sizes 14-24), $253, ASOS

Not particularly interested in overt sex appeal? Try this gorgeous skater dress on instead. It's timeless and oh-so-pretty.

Seeing Red
Courtesy Pink Clove

Plus Krystal Wrap Frill Hem Dress With Kimono Style Sleeve (Sizes 12-24), $32.94, Pink Clove

This dress is sure to be comfortable, but it's no less glam as a result.

Courtesy Navabi

Mascara Embellished Chifon Dress (Sizes 12-24), $122.81, Navabi

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, no?

Lavender Shimmer
Courtesy Plus Equals

The Amber Dress (Sizes 10-38 & Custom), $73.39, Plus Equals

Why not get your crushed velour in a gorgeous purple color this year? You're sure to look memorable.

Regular Joan Holloway
Courtesy River Island

Plus Blue Bardot Bodycon Midi Dress (Sizes 14-24), $110, River Island

If only Joan Holloway could see this midi dress.

Courtesy Fashion Nova

Rita Hayworth Dress (Sizes L-3X), $34.99, Fashion Nova

If you blend a traditional Rita Hayworth style with modern BDSM looks, the end result may just be this groundbreaking piece.

Courtesy SimplyBe

Ombre Sequin Swing Dress (Sizes 8-22), $124.99, SimplyBe

Struggling to pick which color of sequins you'd like to wear this NYE? Why not rock them all?

Shiny Leopard
Courtesy Addition Elle

L&L Printed Dress With Sequins (Sizes 12-26), Addition Elle

Sequin leopard print? You've got to be kidding me.

Courtesy Pink Clove

Plus Fiona Velour Long Line Hooded Dress (Sizes 12-24), $32.94, Pink Clove

There's no shame in wanting to prioritize comfort, babe. This velour sweatshirt dress will shine without making you feel suffocated.

Strappy Sequins
Courtesy ASOS

Club L Plus Cami Strap All Over Sequin Dress (Sizes 12-22), $56, ASOS

This look screams "classic" in the best of ways.

High Neck
Courtesy Monif C.

Vivienne High Neck Dress (Sizes 1X-3X), $138, Monif C.

This high neck and asymmetrical hemline are subtle details that make all the difference.

'90s Choker Detail
Courtesy Pink Clove

Plus Nayla Wrap Hem Velour Dress With Choker Detail (Sizes 12-24), $27.45, Pink Clove

Let's call this one: slouchy star material.

Courtesy ASOS

Club L Plus All Over Glitter Long Sleeve Maxi Dress (Sizes 14-24), $103, ASOS

For upscale NYE festivities, look no further than this all-over glitter gown.

Luxe Safari
Courtesy Monif C.

Sahara Lamé Dress (Sizes 1X-2X), $148, Monif C.

Gold hues are the perfect way to feel like a queen on NYE, or at any other time of year.

While there's no reason not to allow yourself to feel like royalty all 12 months of the year, New Year's Eve is the perfect excuse to go over-the-top with that precise vibe. So shine bright, and resolve to live just as brightly come 2018.