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.
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This sequinned number is sure to turn heads at any party.
Ruched detailing elevates this simple slip dress.
Just add red lipstick and voilà.
This showstopper will do all the talking.
Layer over a roll neck with boots for day and switch to heels for party time.
The glossy hue makes it look instantly more pricey than the bargain £30 tag.
Black sequins are so very chic.
You'll be able to make this split front midi work for day and night.
Layer over jeans with strappy heels for a smart/ casual party look.
If sequins feel a little OTT for your style, then try this metallic-thread dress.
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 robe-inspired fit.
This is one for you animal-print lovers out there.
The red has already sold out, but you can get you hands on this one if you're quick.
There's a slip dress party, and you're invited.
It may look mini, but we would wear it over chic tailored trousers.
Those puffy sleeves and covered button detail makes it look so expensive.
Python print looks so glam for after dark.
A simple knotted midi dress looks so chic when rendered in green velvet.
Yes, more sequins (we can't get enough). This dress is fashion in the front and party in the back.
This piece was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.