Stand out at your office party
Party dresses will forever be a worthy wardrobe investment. Summer, autumn, winter – there’s no season that doesn’t require a do-it-all party frock, and we’ve rounded-up just a few of our favourite styles to kick start your collection.
The new season trends have dictated the style of party dresses for AW17, with crushed velvet, coloured lace and embellishment all coming together to create what is arguably the best party dress offering yet.
But as hard as the dresses are working, there are other things to factor in to pull together that all-important look. The wrong underwear can ruin that oh-so-right dress. The purchase of a seamless brief, a well-fitted strapless bra and great control undies will ensure you own that party dress you’ve spent the last few weeks searching for.
Now we have that covered, it’s time to search for the dress. ASOS, Topshop and H&M are leading the charge on the high street, there’s going to be some major bargains coming up with our edit of Black Friday dresses and our sister site InStyle UK’s gallery of the best Black Friday clothing deals. If it’s something a little more expensive that you’re after, why not check out Rosie Assoulin’s new-season drop for something show-stopping?
Black party dresses
When in doubt, a little black dress will see you through any occasion. Opt for a classic fitted black lace design, a slinky silk slip dress or something with a flared skirt.
Cold Shoulder Ruffle Black Dress for £180 from Karen Millen
Sequin party dresses
We understand sequins aren’t for everyone, but there really is an option to suit all personalities out there. If you’re feeling OTT, go for a simple slip dress completely covered in sequins, be it copper, silver, or more muted black. If you’d like something a little more low key, then pick a floaty number with a few scattered pearls on the bodice and skirt.
Needle & Thread Andromeda Gown for £550 from NET-A-PORTER
Lace party dresses
Chassé Lace Dress from the Coast limited collection with the Royal Ballet for £295 from Coast
Plus size party dresses
Lots of high street brands from SimplyBe to JD Williams and ASOS have amazing plus size lines on offer, so you’ve got plenty of choice for party season.
Black Sequin Dress Star Midi Dress for £49 from SimplyBe
Party dresses with sleeves
The emphasis on statement sleeves this season means there are plenty of stylish options about if you’re not keen on showing your arms.
Satin Floral Print Shift Midi Dress for £70 from M&S
Designer party dresses
Vetements, Christopher Kane, Off-White, Balmain, Peter Pilotto… the designer partywear offering is strong this season, so take your pick. Though we have a slight penchant for Ashish’s Studio 58-style sequin dresses.
ASHISH Striped Sequined Silk-Georgette Dress for £1,620 from NET-A-PORTER
This chic dress will take you from office to party in an instant. Team with silver mules.
Team this with a pair of black ankle socks.
This will be your go-to LBD for party season.
Shimmer your way onto the dance floor in this silver number.
Team with statement earrings.
This chic evening dress will add sass to your Christmas party.
Stand out at the office party in this showstopper of a dress.
Let your outfit do all the talking with this gold and violet dress by Karen Millen. With strap and pleated detailing, it also comes in a shorter style if you’re looking to flash more leg.
The fluted sleeve is here to stay and this gorgeous number is a great way to get involved. As part of Hobbs' By Invitation collection, it's only going to be available for a limited time so better get ordering.
The embroidered details on this bodycon dress keep things sweet.
Ruffle your feathers with this oversized dress from Weekday. Made from a surprisingly light fabric, the asymmetrical hem and jewel shade are what totally won us over.
The pattern on this ultra flattering wrap dress will have you seeing something new every time you glance at it - a glimpse of palm leaves, a golden retriever, a fox and endless florals.
This elegant ruffled dress takes a turn for the sensual with its deep V neckline.
Bring the party in this shimmery sequined high neck dress, which is sure to be a conversation starter.
This crushed velvet dress is bang on trend.
Bring your A game in this monochrome A-line dress. With an eye-catching geometric print and full skirt perfect for swishing around in, it’s proof that you don’t need colour to create a playful outfit.
Lace is always a great shout and this cocktail dress takes it to another level with varying shades of purple and navy. Look closely and you’ll be able to spot floral details that’ll have you dreaming of spring.
Simple and sweet, this vibrant red dress is evidence that AW17's colour of the season is here to stay.
Why dance under the disco ball when you can BE the disco ball? This shimmery playful frock from Adrianna Papell is sure to turn heads with its silver sequins and whimsical bell sleeves.
Team with a red lip and strappy sandals.
Team this printed floral dress with hot pink ankle deals.
This slinky red dress is one that everybody at the party will remember. Classics are classics for a reason.
Bring the drama in this flowy off shoulder dress by French Connection. Style it with a gorgeous updo and a bold statement lip - you’ll do Brigitte Bardot proud.
The ruffled lace makes this dress statement enough, so pair it back with simple heels.
A fun no to the 80s.
Dreamy, and just perfect for a winter wedding.
Pair this crushed velvet wrap dress with velvet platform heels.
Vintage lovers will fall in love with this silk and lace dress.
Hark back to the disco era with this sequin maxi, gold hoop earrings and metallic heels.
This dress is nipped in at the waist to create a flattering hourglass figure.
A simple sequin dress is always a great idea.