While some fashion trends seem to change like the wind, you simply cannot beat the timeless appeal of a killer party dress. Everyone can remember a moment in their lives when they felt like a million bucks, and more often than not, this memory tends to include a showstopping frock.
It might feel a little premature to start thinking about party season, but with most work parties happening in mid to late November, suddenly that big outfit decision is looking pretty imminent. That's where we come in. We noticed that Zara was looking particularly chic in the party dress area and, as a necessary public service, we thought we'd do a roundup our favourite looks.
While a few trends are featured (such as slip dresses and leopard print), we've purposefully picked dresses that will survive the season and serve you for years to come. Our party dressing rules? You can't go wrong with sequins and velvet, as they're both classics when it comes to after-dark dressing. Oh, and slinky, calf-grazing slips can also make for a sultry look. Remember that a party dress is for life—not just for the holidays. Happy shopping.
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Ruched detailing elevates this simple slip dress.
This sequinned number is sure to turn heads at any party.
If sequins feel a little OTT for your style, then try this metallic-thread dress.
A simple knotted midi dress looks so chic when rendered in green velvet.
This brown camisole dress will look just as good with strappy heels as it will with knee-high boots and a chunky knit.
This dress might be mini, but it still manages to pack a punch with its wrap, robe-inspired fit.
This sequinned mini gives off disco vibes. If it feels a little short, then try layering it over flared jeans.
This is one for you animal-print lovers out there.
Yes, more sequins (we can't get enough). This dress is fashion in the front and party in the back.