15 Unforgettable Sparkly Dresses, In Honor Of New Year's Eve

With New Year's Eve just around the corner, no fabric can feel as divisive as sequins. Some love 'em and can't wear enough as the clock strikes midnight, while others attempt to avoid them at all costs. After years of wearing sparkly numbers to watch the ball drop, we tend to lean towards the latter. These days, we're more likely to work a sick pantsuit, or dress up a pair of jeans for a special night out. And while those alternatives are well and fierce, after taking a look back at some of history's most iconic shiny looks, we've found ourselves wanting to give sequins a second chance.

So, consider this our apology to glittery dresses everywhere. As expected as they may be, there's something unapologetic about the confidence it takes to show up to a party in an attention-demanding outfit — and the ladies who have worn and performed in them over the past decades have done just that. From Jazz Age-era flappers to Destiny's Child, the celebrities ahead have made a pretty convincing case for a little sparkle on New Year's Eve — and any other plain old day of the year.
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For a little '30s glamour, let's remember Clara Bow in this floor-length situation. Side note: Cut-outs were a thing long before we thought they were.
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Would this even be a sparkle round-up without a little Cher? Take a cue from the queen and remember: Headpieces are in no way off-limits for ringing in the New Year.
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Fronted by Diana Ross, The Supremes wore matching skin-tight halter dresses at a performance in West Germany in 1968. (Suddenly, we want to call up our friends and plan matching looks for the 31st).
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The only thing more eye-catching than sequins is, well, red sequins. Here, Tina Turner commands the stage in 1974. Iconic.
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Hands up for this Rainbow Fish-style stunner Gloria Estefan wore while performing in Miami in 1991.
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Sure, Destiny's Child's looks remind us a little of Junior Prom, but aren't they just the sweetest? #TBT to the days girl groups used to wear same-but-different outfits on the red carpet.
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Leave it to J. Lo to take a sparkly dress and split it in to two (and make it look easy). That's exactly what she did here (pictured in 1999) with some major go-go boots.
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Long live '90s Britney Spears and her love of semi-glittery camisoles.
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With the recent loss of legendary actress, socialite, and admirer of all things over-the-top Zsa Zsa Gabor, we couldn't help but dig up this glamorous shot of her in a subtly bedazzled number.
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We'd be hard pressed to forget Paris Hilton's 21st birthday look (super-low, super-short dress and glitzy choker included) from 2002...
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...and, of course, the dèja vu moment we all had when Kendall Jenner replicated it for her own 21st birthday bash this year.
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Remember when Miley Cyrus looked like this? And when bubble hems were cool?
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Lady Gaga did high-shine with a futuristic twist for this performance look in 2009.
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Best sparkly dress ever, or best sparkly dress ever? Rihanna sent the Internet into a tizzy when she walked the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards red carpet in this quite-revealing Adam Selman ensemble. Here's proof RiRi was doing naked dresses way before they were actually a thing.
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More recently, Kim Kardashian West and her daughter, North, gave a new definition to #twinning in these super-casual custom Vetements dresses that are almost tough to look at without squinting (just take a look at the three-year-old's face).

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