The thing that unitesWho What Wear readers is a love of dresses—it's the one topic that in my role as a fashion editor I can never seem to write enough about. John Lewis & Partners has made my job a little easier this party season by launching an exclusive capsule collection with a select number of brands that know how to create beautiful dresses better than anyone. No one understands Christmas quite like John Lewis & Partners—and for this year's festive period, it's asked the likes of Ghost, Whistles and Warehouse to each create a party outfit that defines the festive season to them.
The result is a 12 Days of Christmas Dresses collection, which has something for every event in your diary over the next six weeks with something to suit everyone—including jumpsuits and trouser suits for those who want an alternative to dresses. There's a cosy knitted skirt set, which would look beautiful on Christmas Day with a pair of sparkly heels, and a paper cracker hat, the rich red velvet Ghost number is the ultimate party outfit for those who like to really dress up, and the dark green velvet slip dress by AllSaints with barely there spaghetti straps and a delicate lace trim is a favourite in the Who What Wear office.
It might be called the 12 Days of Christmas Dresss collection, but there are two options for those who prefer tailoring—Reiss has created a tuxedo-style jumpsuit, and Jaeger designed a green velvet trouser suit, which would look just as good with slippers at home as with stilettos.
"We know that the festive period can be tricky with so many different events, dress codes and occasions," says Perushka De Zoysa, partner and buyer at John Lewis & Partners. "That's why we wanted to create a collection of pieces that would solve any fashion dilemma this Christmas."
I went to the launch dinner for the collection and looking around the room, it was clear that this truly is a capsule that caters to many different definitions of dressing up. Whichever style you go for, each piece is a classic that you can wear throughout this year's festive period, into 2020 and well beyond.
Keep scrolling to shop the 12 party looks from Whistles, Finery and more that are exclusively available at John Lewis & Partners.