Party season is quickly creeping up, whether you're ready to admit it or not. Those office Christmas parties are getting earlier and earlier, not to mention the many other festive occasions which seem to fill every free moment of your diary from 1 November onwards. (That's in under two weeks, by the way. Scary, huh?) With the clocks going back this weekend and the nights drawing in, rather than getting depressed by it all, we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the best bit of the oncoming season: the clothes. It's not every day that you get to wear head-to-toe sequins, now is it?
The key to not letting party dressing seem stressful is to be prepared. Believe it or not, that means starting to think sequins now, before all the best bits sell out. Luckily the high street has just had all its new drops, which include some pretty major party pieces we don't feel at all guilty adding to basket. Obviously, Zara is our go-to as much as it is yours, so we've rounded up the 21 pieces from its new campaign we'll actually be wearing on repeat for the next two months. Whether you're a full-on sequinned-dress kind of girl or a "jeans and a nice top" fan, this new collection has so many good options we've already seen popping up on Instagram.
Keep scrolling to see our top picks and for some tips on how to make those sparkly dresses work for now and beyond.
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Throw these on after work to take your look from office to evening-ready.
The perfect top to wear with your jeans.
Everything you could want from a party shoe. Fun, shiny and they'll go with all your outfits.
This is a bargain for such a statement expensive-looking party dress.
The '80s are back in a big way for partywear this year. This is a great alternative to that silk cami you've worn too many times.
Not for the faint-hearted. Tone down the fuschia sequins with a white polo neck and black knee-high boots for now. Add a black oversized blazer and heels come Christmas.
These are power heels if ever we saw a pair.
Very '90s supermodel. Pair with denim jeans for that timeless look.
An updated LBD. You'll wear this so so many different events.
If you hate the classic black, red and green partywear palette, this dress is the one for you.
Such a pretty evening bag that looks way more expensive than it really is.
Just add jeans.
Feathers are a great alternative to sequins if you're not keen on sparkle but still want to feel fancy.
This statement skirt would look just as good with a black polo-neck knit as a silk cami, depending on how dressed up you want to look.
The festive update to summer's biggest shoe trend: the strappy sandal.