The Party Don't Start til I Walk In

frenchconnectionFinally, a reason to post about party dresses - New Year's Eve!  I love fun dresses so much I could easily write 3,000 words on the topic.  I even have a separate (albeit relatively small) closet dedicated solely to party dresses.  No, I don't get to wear them as often as I like, but I do try to sport them on casual Fridays at my job (I interpret "casual Friday" as "Express your Personal Style Day").

Given my obsession with party dresses, it's no surprise that New Year's Eve is one of my favorite dress up occasions of the year.  It doesn't really matter what my plans are - a nice dinner, drinks, hanging out with friends - I go all out.  I roll up to NYE house parties like I'm hosting an event at a club in Vegas.  After all, if a girl can't wear her sequined dresses on NYE, when the F can she wear them?

In the event you don't buy party dresses whenever and wherever you find them like I do, here are a sampling of fun dresses to outfit you in time to ring in 2010.  Above, one of the cutest sequined dresses in the history of sequined dresses: Raindrop Dress, $178.80 at French Connection.

f21When wearing a garment made entirely of sequins, it's recommended that you tone down the rest of your look.  HCG would wear every one of the dresses featured in today's post with black opaque tights, a blazer or motorcycle jacket (over the sleeveless options), and understated shoes (probably black platform heels or ankle boots).  Above, the least expensive option in today's post: Sequin Front Tank Dress, $29.80 at Forever 21.

We prefer sequined dresses with a looser cut.  A loose fitting sequined dress always looks cooler than a tight one.  Below, our favorite party dress of the moment (and RZ's): 3.1 Phillip Lim Silk sequined T-shirt dress, $895 at Net-a-Porter.  If we could have any dress to wear tomorrow night (or to work on a Friday), this would be it.

3.1This 3.1 PL dress brings up a bit of sadness for HCG.  It reminds me of this Elizabeth and James dress (below) I passed on at Neiman Marcus Last Call about a year ago because "do I really need another $200 sequined dress?"  I'm kicking myself now. mkoAh, regrets.

A similar less pricey version by Paul & Joe: pauljoePaul & Joe Sequined crepe shift dress, $275 at The Outnet.

The fun doesn't stop there my friend.  Next up, an amazing combination in a party dress: ombré and sequins!

hautehippieHaute Hippie Ombré sequined silk-chiffon dress, $695 at Net-a-Porter.

And only because this post has to end eventually (in a perfect world, it would continue forever), our last dress: haniiyHanii Y Sequined silk-blend dress, $302 at The Outnet.

Editor's Note: The title of this post is a lyric from the chart topping song "TiK ToK" by Ke$ha (intentional capitalizations in song title and dollar sign in artist's name).  HCG does not intend to imply that it is always the life of the party - that usually depends on the quality and selection of the drinks at the party and our workout schedule the next day.