Party dresses to make you stand out

One of the many, many reasons we love the festive period is that it gives us the perfect excuse to go all out with our party dresses. Think sequins and feathers and velvet, oh my! It’s hard to know where to begin, but we suggest starting with a read of this. We've put together an editor-approved shopping list of the party dresses already grabbing attention over at ours. From star prints to velvet and everything in between, these pieces will ensure the party starts when you arrive.

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1.All tied up

Karen Millen, Floral Jacquard Mini Dress

This one’s selling out quick, for obvious reasons. The cut-out back is precisely placed to ensure that your bra straps aren`t on show and the wrap over style is finished with a fitted belt that pulls in your waist. Pair with of-the-moment jewel tone accessories for extra kudos.

Karen Millen, Floral Jacquard Mini Dress, £215

2. Prints charming

Issa, Isabella Zig Zag Print Dress

This Issa piece is the perfect antidote to all the sequinned, body-con styles around at the moment and it's perfect if you're looking for a more stylish party look. We’ll be styling ours with statement drop earrings and a simple box clutch.

Issa, Isabella Zig Zag Print Dress, £130

3. Moved to tiers

Whistles, Sienna Print Tiered Dress

The midi has without a doubt been the standout dress style of the year. Universally flattering, they look just as great paired with an ankle boot as with sky-high heels (and even trainers for the more low-key Christmas affair). This Whistles exclusive tiered dress can easily make the leap from workwear to chic evening dress with a swift shoe change and some smart accessory additions.

Whistles, Sienna Print Tiered Dress, £199

4.Vintage textures

Phase Eight, Stella Velvet Wrap Dress

Super simple yet super sexy, is there really anything that says Christmas like velvet? This silhouette-skimming velvet dress will go with almost any accessory, but we recommend a killer pair of gold heels. Well if you can’t go big at Christmas, when can you?

Phase Eight, Stella Velvet Wrap Dress, £99

5. All that glitters

Oasis, Ombre Sequin Shift Dress

From your Christmas parties to New Year's Eve, a full-on sequin dress will instantly become the life of the party. With beautiful ombre sequins, this shift dress is sure to be your sartorial star of the festive season.

Oasis, Ombre Sequin Shift Dress, £69

6. Keep it short

Adrianna Papell, Beaded Short Kaftan

A double take is guaranteed when you don this one-shoulder number. This party-starter speaks for itself, so marry it with a simple black clutch and court shoe combo and let the dress do the talking while you go mingling.

Adrianna Papell, Beaded Short Kaftan, £210

7. Lucky stars

Ted Baker, Elsiie Out Of This World Burnout Midi

Excuse the pun, but this is a real star buy. The Victoriana style high neck and ruffle detailing at the sleeves pack a real statement, while the midi length is eternally flattering. Add a red lip and you’re ready for a night of dancing under the stars.

Ted Baker, Elsiie Out Of This World Burnout Midi, £199

8. Less hassle, more tassel

Karen Millen, Crossover Neckline Dress

All business in the front, party in the back, this sleek little black dress is adorned with gold beaded fringing and an asymmetric neckline. Easy to wear and even easier to accessorise, we suggest adding a metallic clutch and strappy sandals.

Karen Millen, Crossover Neckline Dress, £215

9. Max out

Lauren Ralph Lauren, One Shoulder Side Gather Dress

Heading to a black tie event this party season? Then a showstopper dress is a must have. Top of our wish list is this beautiful black maxi. Style with simple jewellery, barely-there sandals and a jewel-toned clutch.

Lauren Ralph Lauren, One Shoulder Side Gather Dress, £180

10. Let it slip

Great Plains, Sarah Frill Asymmetric Dress

Slip dresses have surpassed trend status and are now practically a wardrobe staple, but a spaghetti-strap style can be notoriously tricky to wear. This slinky ruffled number is the perfect solution for those looking for a little extra coverage.

Great Plains, Sarah Frill Asymmetric Dress, £85