Party season is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to take your night-out wardrobe out of hiding, and maybe add a few new Christmas dresses to it, too. However, if you’re feeling stuck on festive outfits after last year’s socially distanced celebrations, we’ve got all the inspiration you need with key pieces for every date in your diary.
So, whether you’re heading to a work party or meeting up with friends for a few mulled wines, this Christmas party dresses edit has got you covered. (These picks are perfect for New Year’s Eve, too!)
1. The Sparkly Numbers
Nothing says ‘party ready’ like sequins. They’re a holiday season staple, giving you instant glam that’s effortless. Just add heels, and you’re ready to go. Black sequins are always stylish, but why not add some extra festive flair with these statement pieces? We love the silver patterns on the cream mini, and the all-over glitter of the gold square-neck dress. Pick heels in a matching metallic for easy styling.
2. The LBDs
Everyone needs a little black dress (AKA, LBD) in their night-out wardrobe. It’s a failsafe essential that takes you from festive drinks with friends to the office party – and beyond. With a swipe of red lipstick, it’s even perfect for Christmas Day itself. Add tights and heeled boots to complete the look. The only question is, do you go for chiffon or sequins?
3. The Animal Prints
These days, leopard print is virtually a neutral. It’s one of the most popular patterns out there – and for good reason. You can dress it up, dress it down, or wear it smart casual to any event. We’ve given it a holiday upgrade with these midi-length red dresses. They’re less dressy than sequins, but worn with heeled boots, they strike that perfect ‘dressed up for a late dinner’ vibe. Find a lipstick that matches the tone of red for an extra-polished flair.
4. The Floaty Florals
Who said florals were just for spring? While ditsy prints are dreamy in the warmer months, large petals in deep tones look ultra-chic all through party season. Opt for shades of burgundy, navy or emerald green, then team them with tights and boots or heeled sandals. We love these long-sleeved silhouettes that combine warmth and style; ideal for a Christmassy date night outfit.
5. The Lacy Looks
Lace = instant elegance. The little black dress above has instant festive appeal, especially when worn with gold sandals, hair up and large hoop earrings. If trousers are more your style, try a lace top with faux leather pants. We know, we know – it’s not a dress – but this chic ensemble is just as sophisticated.
Up next: Complete every Christmassy look with our pick of the perfect winter coats for you.