The Sexiest New Year's Eve Cocktail Party Dresses

The Sexiest New Years Eve Cocktail Party Dresses
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 15, 2008

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It’s time to celebrate a New Year and a new you. Ring in 2009 not only feeling good, but looking party-perfect too. This New Year’s Eve, find a dress that is flirty, form-fitting and flowy so you can dance the night away in style. Get Hollywood glam for less at a few of our fav discounted designer shopping sites such as, and Here are some of the hottest red-carpet looks that made our list.

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Rihanna is ready to rock it out at Z100’s Jingle Ball. Follow the fashion footsteps of this “Good Girl Gone Bad” and opt for a dress that is sexy and edgy. Rihanna’s one-shoulder mini leather dress is a great New Year’s Eve option. It’s short enough to accentuate the legs yet flexible enough to allow you to tear it up on the dance floor while looking über chic.

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Looking more like a cover girl than a songstress, gorgeous hip-hop diva Ciara steps up her style game at a recent Cinema Society event. Take a few fashion cues from this ATL hottie, whose dress oozes New Year’s Eve appeal. This silver plunging silk charmeuse cocktail number is dainty yet dazzling. We love the beaded crystals that make her sparkle with femininity and allure. If you’re in the mood to show a little skin, choose a dress that has additional length like this beauty that falls right to the knee. Skin is in, but showing too much can make your look trashy rather than classy.

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Looking like Italian luxe at the Dolce & Gabbana flagship boutique grand opening in L.A., Sanaa Lathan is ready to throw her beret in the air at the stroke of midnight this New Year’s Eve. This outfit works great for both dinner and dancing. The accessories really pull the entire look together, so remember that mixing a touch of indie with sophistication can result in a super haute fashion statement. The hoop earrings and beret add a touch of girly fun to the drama of this printed cocktail dress.

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Usually one to never leave much to the imagination, Vivica A. Fox proves you can look supersexy showing just a hint of skin. The actress is shutting it down in this two-toned V-neck silk dress. Every New Year’s Eve toast will be a fashionable one when wearing a hot cocktail ring like the one Ms.Fox is rocking, and we also just adore her cascading long chandlier earrings. A simple dress can go from whoa to wow with just a few stylish accessories.

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With a hot new movie out, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” star Taraji P. Henson is looking like a true showstopper in this tangerine keyhole dress. The belt pulls in this number perfectly to showcase Taraji’s waist, and we can’t get enough of the added print detail at the collar and lower trim of the dress. She looks classically gorgeous. Get ready for a bright New Year if you’re wearing a deep, dashing color like ruby red, yellow, plum, emerald green or orange. These colors will pop on your beautiful brown skin tone, making you the center of attention.

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Keeping it simple and chic, Queen Latifah shows off her curve appeal, going for elegant glamour. If you are heading out to a formal dinner party for New Year’s Eve, then opt for a dress similar to the Queen’s style. This silhouette brings in everything because it is form-fitting, creating an illusion of slimmer proportions. Try wearing tights or pantyhose that have a control top, spanks or a griddle to minimize your figure for a flawless finish.

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If Beyoncé can have an alter ego, so can you! Bring out your own inner fashion “Sasha” this New Year’s Eve by experimenting with new party style. Go to your favorite store and play dress up. Choose items that you might normally never pick up. You’ll never know what works best for your body type until you determine what doesn’t work at all. Mrs. Carter takes risk on the red carpet, but you’ll find the style icon wearing similar cuts and shapes because she knows what enhances her features the best.

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Actress Tia Mowry looks red hot on the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of “Gran Torino.” We can’t get enough of this fashion-forward spaghetti-strapped number because of its youthful sophistication. This style of dress does all the work for you. Just add a pair of killer stilettos and a clutch handbag and you’re set to ring in ’09 in style.

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With so many options and style variations, every woman should own a little black dress. Mary J’s effortless style is quintessential for any woman looking to make the transition from cute to classic. What will you wear this New Year’s Eve?

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