Christmas party dress season is well and truly here—we've been earmarking our favourites for some time now (more on that sparkle-fest below), but before we give you our long list of coveted dresses, we have a few rules for the CPD.
1. This is the one time of year when it's acceptable to wear as much sparkly stuff as possible without looking like you love My Little Pony.
2. When it comes to budget, remember that you can always bring it out the following year, so you can invest.
3. If in doubt, take your party dress inspo from Christmas decorations, and opt for that colour palette (think greens, reds, golds and silvers).
While we're sure you have your own fixed ideas of what you'd like to wear for your chosen party, we might just have found a few pieces to sway you in another direction. This season is mostly about gorgeous midi satin wrap dresses, but there are also a number of short frocks that we know will please some. And fear not if you think these are too formal—we've also got a few winter florals that will work just as well for the office as they will for a festive shindig. But don't just take our word for it—click through our gallery for our selection of the best Christmas party dresses that you can shop right now.
Flattering wrap silhouettes are great during this overly indulgent season.
Pop on some door knocker earrings, and you'll have a perfect party look.
The dress for I'm not a dress girl girls.
A lot of sparkle for your buck.
Festive in the least obvious way.
If you try one new thing this party season, make it lamé.
The kind of jewel brights we're looking for.
This designer specialises in velvet, so you know it's going to be flattering.
Showstopping style and price.
All kinds of fabulous.
Another winner from Kitri.
To be worn with a roll-neck post-party.
We won't apologise for our continued love affair with the colour yellow. The satin makes this festive, if you were wondering.
A sparkly dress for someone who doesn't like glitter.
For a formal do or maybe even Christmas day.
You only need a simple pair of heels to make this special.
This might seem a bit severe, but all you need to do is add a few sparkling accessories.
Oh yes, this is what we need during the festive period. The ultimate showstopping dress.
You can never go wrong with red during eggnog season.