From Marilyn Monroe in Gentleman Prefer Blondes to Princess Diana's going-out wardrobe, many of the most iconic, standout dresses in fashion history have been rendered in lipstick red. You may be the type of girl who wears this hue all year round, but Christmas is a particularly good time to adopt such a bold, look-at-me colour. Also, a true primary red does, scientifically, suit all skin tones.
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To start the party season on a stress-free note, we've made a selection of the best red Christmas dresses that'll stand out now and for many festive seasons to come. Oh, and did we mention you can wear these year-round to brighten up everyone's evening? Think velvet, sequins and chiffon from the likes of Topshop and Free People, but also simpler, more luxe options from Browns for those who consider wearing the colour red a statement on its own (without the usual sparkly trappings of this time of the year). Keep scrolling to shop our favourite red Christmas dresses available now.
You basically are the party in this one.
Perfect for a dinner with family—just add giant crystal earrings.
Pair this dress with minimal sandals for instant Christmas glam.
This one's selling out fast.
For every occasion. Dress it up with a pair of party sandals and earrings, or dress down with easy loafers.
For those who'd rather wear a mini on Christmas.
We say yes to the subtle front split.
We love the open detail on the waist.
Padded shoulders are back, and they mean business.
The beading makes this dress feel extra special.
Is it really a party without a bit of fringe?
For instant Hollywood glamour, we say you go for this one.
Wrap yourself rather than your presents.
So festive but also so cool for work with winter boots.
You'll be the star of the evening in this retro-inspired number from Rixo London.
Pair with mules and statement earrings for that instant party feeling.
The kind of dress you can also wear after Christmas.
For the tulle lovers among us.
For anyone who is still dreaming of performing "Jingle Bell Rock" with The Plastics.
Sequins in a simple silhouette? Works every time.
Need more party dress inspiration? See what 30 party pieces our team has their eyes on.