The best party dresses of the season

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 shimmer and velvet, oh my! It’s hard to know where to begin, but we suggest starting right here. We've put together an editor-approved shopping list of the party dresses that are already grabbing our attention. From pearl prints to velvet and everything in between, these pieces were made for sartorial magpies.


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1. Statement sequins

Biba High Neck Sequin Dress


If it’s good enough for Strictly Come Dancing, it’s good enough for us. Tess Daly stepped onto the floor in this shimmering Biba number on last week’s show and simultaneously provided all of the party-ready inspiration we could hope for.

Biba, High Neck Sequin Dress, £70


2. Subtle sparkle

Knot Detail Party Dress


From your Christmas parties to New Year's Eve, a full-on shimmering dress will instantly become the life of the party. With flattering draping and a modest design, this midi dress is sure to be your sartorial star of the festive season.

Yumi, Knot Detail Party Dress, £55


3. Little black dress

Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Timi Midi Dress


Solving sartorial dilemmas since day one, the little black dress is a crucial element of a great wardrobe. Easy to wear and even easier to accessorise, we suggest adding a sleek shoulder bag and statement heels.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Timi Midi Dress £165


4. Pearl print

Gina Bacconi Pearla Jersey Wrap Dress


Another classic that’s become cool again, pearls have been huge news this year. With a shape-flattering cut and subtle metallic detail, this printed wrap dress is an understated way to don pearls without the excessive bling.

Gina Bacconi, Pearla Jersey Wrap Dress, £190


5. Over the rainbow

Biba Rainbow Sequin


Chasing rainbows has finally paid off now we’re in possession of one of the most fantastical party dresses around. If you live by the mantra more-is-more, then you’ll want to check out the matching pouch bag and jacket – you won’t regret it.

Biba Rainbow Sequin, £210


6. Fluro fushia

Bardot, Cold Shoulder Dress


Not everyone is a sequin fiend when it comes to festive dressing, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t make an impact. 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.

Bardot, Cold Shoulder Dress, £94


7. Classic white

Frozen 2 Pyjamas Set


Super simple yet super sexy, this silhouette-skimming draped dress will go with almost any accessory, but we recommend a killer pair of gold heels that will life it from summer to winter dressing. Well if you can’t go big at Christmas, when can you?

Adrianna Papell, Rio Knit Draped V-Neck Sheath, £110


8. Black-tie ready

Jarlo Zahara 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 sequin maxi. Style with simple jewellery, barely-there sandals and a jewel-toned clutch.

Jarlo Zahara Dress, £110


9. Shimmering spots 

Shimmer Spot Dress


Shimmer? Yes. Sheer? Yes. This long-sleeved style has all the lustrous details we love – ideal for adding a touch of panache to any occasion and is just flowy enough to move satisfyingly on the dance floor.

Phase Eight, Shimmer Spot Dress, £120


10. Festive red

Red Peplum Woven Dress With Waist


It really is a shade that suits everyone, not to mention gets us in the Christmas spirit. The strategic peplum detailing will work on flattering tummies when we’ve maybe had a few too many Christmas spirits of the drinkable variety.

James Lakeland, Woven Dress With Waist, £100