30 most stylish Christmas party dress ideas for 2022

Make the best-dressed list this season, with the best Christmas party dress styles

Christmas Party Dresses 2022
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The holidays are ideal for getting glammed up, and wearing the best Christmas party dress will make you feel like a million bucks. Whether it's for a get-together with your closest friends, a family gathering, or a work event, these are the best frocks that'll work for the upcoming festive season.

A diary full of events and nothing to wear? The best Christmas party dress should make you feel confident about the season ahead. The best dresses will enhance your silhouette and feel befitting for the occasion, and of course, with the holiday season fast approaching, velvet, sequins, and lace are naturally on the cards.

When it comes to silhouettes, the most important thing is that you feel supported and stylish in your chosen silhouette and the Christmas party dress ideas of 2022 is bursting with everything from minis, midis, and maxis, to embellished and tactile styles. From one-season wonders that pay homage to the latest fall 2022 fashion trends, to timeless designs that you'll love for years to come, let's get the party season started.

30 stylish Christmas party dress ideas 2022

ASOS EDITION floral sequin and bead midi dress with feather hem in violet

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1. ASOS EDITION floral sequin and bead midi dress with feather hem in violet

Specifications

RRP: $213 / £185
Sizes : US: 0-14 / UK: 4-16
Material: 100% polyester
Care: Hand wash only

Reasons to buy

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Statement sequins
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Added feather embellishment
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Flattering straight cut

Reasons to avoid

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Hand wash only

One of the best cocktail dresses, this sophisticated, sequin embellished style is ideal for a sophisticated soirée or a black tie event. With a feathered trim hem, this dress already taps in to the fashion trends 2023, meaning you can buy it now and wear for several months to come. Keep your accessories simple to ensure your frock takes center stage. 


Phase Eight Capriana Leopard Burnout Dress

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2. Phase Eight Capriana Leopard Burnout Dress

Specifications

RRP: $137 / £119
Sizes: US: 2-16 / UK: 6-20
Material: 100% polyester
Care: Delicate, machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Flattering midi length
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Sleeves for added coverage
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A versatile LBD

Reasons to avoid

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High neck may not be comfortable for all

This gorgeous LBD with a twist from British clothing brand, Phase Eight, is a must-have if you're planning your Christmas party outfits. A timeless design, an LBD is a safe and stylish option for a multitude of events and this style is elevated thanks to the chic velvet, leopard print yoke and sheer puff sleeves - which offer delicate upper arm coverage. Phase Eight have also added soft ruching at the waistline making this one of the most stylish dresses to hide a tummy too.


Kitri Persephone Shirred Pink Tile Print Dress

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3. Kitri Persephone Shirred Pink Tile Print Dress

Specifications

RRP: $227 / £165
Sizes : US: 4-14 / UK: 6-16
Material: 100% viscose
Care: Gentle hand wash

Reasons to buy

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Flattering tiered skirt
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Available in other prints 
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Shirred detail to suit different bust sizes

Reasons to avoid

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Hand wash only

London-born brand Kitri, is a go-to for stunning dresses all year round. The Persephone style is one of its best-sellers and it's now available in this gorgeous popping shade of pink, directional for the fashion trends 2022. Buy now for the party season ahead and then switch your glittery heels for sandals in summer for even more cost-per-wear.


Mango Geometric print dress

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4. Mango Printed Shirt Dress

Specifications

RRP: $99 / £59.99
Sizes : US 2-14 / UK: 4-16
Material: 100% polyester
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Flattering long sleeves
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Chic shirt style
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Sleek satin fabric

Reasons to avoid

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May not be suitable for larger busts

When it comes to how to style a shirt dress for the festive season, look for more luxe fabrications and directional prints to up your style game. In a timeless geometric pattern and monochromatic color palette, this sleek Christmas party dress will look great with lashings of gold jewels, a pair of strappy heeled sandals and an embellished bag. You can also try it out with black knee-high boots and a crossbody bag for the day. Making this a true AM-PM buy.  


Reiss Black Regular Velvet Cold Shoulder Dress

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5. Reiss Velvet Cold Shoulder Dress

Specifications

RRP: $240 / £148
Sizes: US: 0-14 / UK: 4-18
Material: 96% polyester, 4% elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Luxe velvet fabric
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Modern cut
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Available in petite sizes too

Reasons to avoid

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Figure hugging fit may not flatter all

With a striking asymmetric neckline, this dress gives a nod to the fall trends with its '90s-inspired aesthetic. Offering a trend-worthy update to the classic little black dress, the figure-hugging silhouette will hug curves, while the midi length shows off your pins. Velvet is ideal for Christmas party dress ideas, as this material always plays a key role in festive dressing. Add a sparkly clutch and some black heels to finish off the look.


H&M Rhinestone-embellished mesh dress

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6. H&M Rhinestone-embellished mesh dress

Specifications

RRP: $70 / £59.99
Sizes: XS-L
Material: Polyester, metal, glass, elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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On trend color
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Embellishment for added wow-factor
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Loose-fitting sleeves

Reasons to avoid

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Sequins may itch slightly 

One of the best green dresses, this hue is one of the biggest fashion color trends 2022 has to offer and this embellished iteration brings this look firmly into party-territory. The embellishment detail adds a serious wow factor, although you could make this style more casual by teaming it with white trainers, for an office to bar look. While the under skirt on this dress skims the thigh, for a less leg-flashing look, slip on the matching trousers to create a stylish co-ord. 


Anthropologie Puff-Sleeve Organza Midi Dress

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7. Anthropologie Puff-Sleeve Organza Midi Dress

Specifications

RRP: $260 / £198
Sizes : XS-XL
Material : 100% silk
Care: Dry clean only

Reasons to buy

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Available standard, petite and plus sizes
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On trend oversized style
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Unique floral print 

Reasons to avoid

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Dry clean only

Florals might not be seen as ground breaking for spring, but when it comes to winter florals, it's a look we're pretty familiar with too. Offering a romantic take on the Christmas party dress, this Anthropologie dress has a dark base for the red bloom print, rendering it utterly festive. 

Perfect for lavish get-togethers, or holiday season date nights, this flounced midi dress is made from lustrous organza, for a striking and full shape. Best of all, it's available in petite, main range and one of the best plus size dresses, this design caters for different silhouettes.


Never Fully Dressed Coco Wrap Dress

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8. Never Fully Dressed Lucia Delilah Dress

Specifications

RRP: $120 / £89
Sizes : US: 4-20 / UK: 6-24
Material: 100% polyester
Care: Unknown

Reasons to buy

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Available in a range of sizes 
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Flattering sleeves and length
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Ruching across midriff

Reasons to avoid

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Neckline may be too revealing

When it comes to how to wear a wrap dress, this is a piece in your wardrobe that can easily be styled for a multitude of occasions. One of the best midi dresses, this satin wrap style is incredibly elegant, ticking every box from Christmas party dress to what to wear to a wedding this winter. The side tie, teamed with the gentle drape across the midriff makes it universally flattering. Elegant, stylish, and inclusive for different sizes. It's a big yes from us.


Sister Jane Stella Bow Smock Dress

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9. Sister Jane Stella Bow Smock Dress

Specifications

RRP: $111 / £89
Sizes : XS-XL
Material: 98% polyester, 2% elastane
Care: Unknown

Reasons to buy

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Statement frock
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Fun bow detailing on back
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Flattering tiered shape

Reasons to avoid

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Mini length may not be suitable for all

If mini dresses are more your style, then this punchy pink tiered design from Sister Jane is definitely worth adding to your shopping list. The best pink dresses really delivered this season and this vibrant pink taffeta will float over your figure, while the fun bow detailing gives a fashion forward twist. If you've been wondering what is Barbiecore, it's the pink-loving look, everyone is talking about and this design nails it. 


Marks & Spencer Jersey V-Neck Ruched Midi Wrap Dress

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10. Marks & Spencer Jersey V-Neck Ruched Midi Wrap Dress

Specifications

RRP: $60.99 / £35
Sizes : US: 2-20 / UK: 6-24
Material: 96% polyester, 4% elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Great range of sizes
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Flattering wrap style
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Easy to dress up and down

Reasons to avoid

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May be too simple for some occasions

The best Christmas party dress ideas should make you feel confident and this super flattering style will help to contour and shape your curves, thanks to the nifty waist-cinching wrap design. The long sleeves offer upper arm coverage and ensure you'll be warm on cool evenings. 

A dress that can be styled up or down, for a day in the office, add a luxe leather jacket and a pair of the best Chelsea boots, before slipping on a tailored coat and a bright clutch and your best designer heels for a party-ready style 


Next Long Sleeve Cut-Out Metallic Midi Dress

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11. Next Long Sleeve Cut-Out Metallic Midi Dress

Specifications

RRP: $‌58 / £50
Sizes : US: 2-16 / UK:-20
Material : 100% polyester
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Sweeping maxi length
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Stunning metallic fabric
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Side splits for easy movement

Reasons to avoid

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Cut out detail may not suit all

If you're looking for an alternative to sequins that still offers plenty of glitz, this metallic maxi dress is definitely high on our list of stylish Christmas party dresses. The side cut out detail is bang on-trend, although it does mean it's not necessarily the easiest dress to wear. Pair with matching gold accessories for a top-to-toe tonal look that will help you truly shine this festive season.


Chi Chi London Short Sleeved Sequin Shift Mini Dress in Silver

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12. Chi Chi London Short Sleeved Sequin Shift Mini Dress in Silver

Specifications

RRP: $86 / £56
Sizes : US: 2-12 / UK: 6-16
Material: 100% polyester
Care: Unknown

Reasons to buy

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Loose fitting t-shirt shape
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Statement sparkles
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Simple pull on style

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size range

A sparkly t-shirt dress strikes the perfect balance between glam and casual, making it ideal for those parties where only the best smart casual outfit ideas will suffice. Wearable for dinner with friends, or for making your at home style feel a little more sparkly as you sit on the sofa watching the best Christmas movies on Netflix or the best Christmas movies on Disney plus. Pair with heels, trainers or your best slippers, depending on how the mood takes you.


Zara satin dress in red

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13. Zara Red Satin Dress

Specifications

RRP: $59.90 / £45.99
Sizes: XS-XXL
Material: 100% recycled polyester
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Christmas approved color
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Made from recycled fabric
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Flattering wrap style

Reasons to avoid

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May be too short for tall frames

If you need a break from chilling on the sofa in your best matching Christmas pajamas, then channel Mrs Claus energy in this statement red mini dress. If opting for this bold shade, keep the rest of your look simple and imagine this dress worn with festive finishes such as gold heels and layered of gold jewelry for the perfect party look.


& Other Stories Strappy Sequin Midi Dress

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Specifications

RRP: $179 / £135
Sizes : US: 0-12 / UK: 4-16
Material: 100% polyester
Care: Gentle machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Pretty sweetheart neckline
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Subtle bronze tone
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Zipper at back 

Reasons to avoid

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Corset style top may not be suitable for bigger busts

If you're looking for the best dresses for an office Christmas party, then this bronzed sequin design offers both elegance and show-stopping style in one. In a fall-ready hue, the sweetheart neckline is universally flattering, although large busts, might struggle with the corset style bodice. The wrap skirt offers a waist-skimming style for an elegantly elevated finish. 


Meadows White Lovage Dress

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15. Meadows White Lovage Dress

Specifications

RRP: $333.67 / £290
Sizes : US:0-14 / UK:4-18
Material: 100% cotton
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Stunning embroidery detail
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Flattering waistband
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Midi length

Reasons to avoid

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White may not stay clean for long

While red and black are classics when it comes to picking a Christmas party dress, don't underestimate the role white dresses can play in festive dressing. While traditionally kept for the summer, this pretty lace design is ideal for those looking for a more bohemian look. In a lighter fabric, you can dress this down in the day with a chunky knit, before transforming it for the evening, with a velvet jacket or sparkly cape. For a modern take on party dressing, pair with the best cowboy boots and you'll be wondering what is boho style no-more. 


Massimo Dutti Long Pink Dress

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16. Massimo Dutti Pink Longsleeve Dress

Specifications

RRP: $159 / £129
Sizes : US: XS-L / UK:8-14
Material: 100% viscose
Care: Hand wash only

Reasons to buy

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Bold color
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Midi length
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Classic shape that will never go out of style

Reasons to avoid

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Not size inclusive

Pink was a huge hit on the runway both for this season and next season's trends, so draw inspiration from Valentino with this perfectly pink frock. In a timeless A-line design, this simple silhouette can be easily up-styled with statement accessories, or with a bold blazer. Keep it low key by adding a long line, belted cardigan, or a buttery-leather jacket and boots. 


Free People Selkie Princess Dress in Night Cap

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17. Free People Selkie Princess Dress in Night Cap

Specifications

RRP: $249 / £228
Sizes : XS-XL
Material : 100% polyester
Care: Dry clean only

Reasons to buy

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Puff sleeves
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Luxe organza fabric
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Unique floral print

Reasons to avoid

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Dry clean only

Festive dressing doesn't have to mean matching Christmas jumpers. The dress-of-dreams is here in the form of Free People's Selkie Princess Dress. Volume was one of the big winter fashion trends, with full skirts and full sleeves top of the fashion agenda, and this dress executes this aesthetic to a T. Sure to be a hit on the Christmas party circuit, keep it glam by adding metallic accessories to offset the romantic print with a modern edge.


Omnes Riviera Midi Dress in Emerald Green

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18. Omnes Riviera Midi Dress in Emerald Green

Specifications

RRP: $64 / £55
Sizes : US:2-16 / UK: 6-20
Material: 100% recycled polyester
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Shop sustainably
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Figure hugging fit
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Classic shape 

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric is delicate so take care not to snag

One of the best sustainable clothing brands, Omnes offers a more ethical and ecologically friendly way to shop the party season this winter. Learning how to style a slip dress is an absolute game-changer, as it will help you increase its cost-per-wear, and this satin slip dress has green credentials too. Made from 100% recycled polyester, this sleek frock can be reworked for multiple wears.


Ted Baker Audria Knit Bodice Dress With Tiered Midi Skirt

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19. Ted Baker Ted Baker Audria Knit Bodice Dress With Tiered Midi Skirt

Specifications

RRP: $395 / £225
Sizes : US: 2-12 / UK: 6-16
Material: Viscose, polymide, polyester
Care: Hand wash only

Reasons to buy

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Stylish top and skirt style dress
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Tiered skirt
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On trend dark floral print

Reasons to avoid

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Hand wash only

Teaming separates isn't always easy, and this dress cleverly takes on the hard work, whilst giving you the look of a two piece. The full skirt is incredible flattering, nipping in at the waist and flaring out over your hips to give the illusion of hourglass curves, while the fitted top half helps to balance out proportions. Pair with simple black courts and a black clutch bag.


Stradivarius Dark Red Blazer Dress

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20. Stradivarius Dark Red Blazer Dress

Specifications

RRP: $59.90 / £39.99
Sizes : XS-XL
Material: 8% polyester, 20% viscose, 2% elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Smart blazer style
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Christmassy hue
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Can be worn undone as an oversized jacket

Reasons to avoid

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May be too short for tall frames

The best tuxedos for women draw on androgynous styling to give a more tailored and structured finish. This blazer dress in a Christmas-ready, merlot hue, has a striking, figure-fitting finish, making it ideal for those looking for a more body-con approach to Christmas party dressing. Worn done up, with black tights and heels, you're ready for a formal drinks, or wear open over black jeans and silky cami for an oversized blazer fit. 


House of CB Charmaine Black Corset Maxi Dress

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21. House of CB Charmaine Black Corset Maxi Dress

Specifications

RRP: $217 / £189
Sizes : XS-L+
Material : Light silky satin, stretch woven, satin
Care: Dry clean only

Reasons to buy

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The perfect glam black dress
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Sultry figure hugging fit
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Cup size also taken into account

Reasons to avoid

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May have to wear a strapless bra

This is one seriously sultry dress, ideal as an evening Christmas party dress for those looking to enhance their curves. Sizing is done both according to dress and cup size for a figure hugging fit, this dress can be given a more androgynous twist topped with a blazer - ideal for what to wear over a dress this season.


French Connection Anadia Sequin Embellished Tie Back Mini Dress

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22. French Connection Anadia Sequin Embellished Tie Back Mini Dress

Specifications

RRP: $268 / £159
Sizes : US: 2-12 / UK: 6-16
Material: 100% polyester
Care: Machine wash cool

Reasons to buy

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Square neckline
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Statement sequins
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Works with both silver and gold jewelry

Reasons to avoid

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Limited sizing

Whether you're looking for a Christmas party dress or something to go all out on for NYE, this sequin mini is a real standout piece. Wear with pointed black flats or simple strappy heels and you'll be ready to party. Need a more bodycon fit? The lace up back allows you to tighten the dress for a tailored fit making it great for smaller frames.


Dancing Leopard Gianna Metallic Knit Dress in Blue

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23. Dancing Leopard Gianna Metallic Knit Dress in Blue

Specifications

RRP: $75 / £65
Sizes Women: US:2-12 / UK:6-16
Material: 50% viscose, 50% metallic yarn
Care: Unknown

Reasons to buy

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Glitter without being too OTT
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Fitted shape
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Sporty style collar

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size range

Glittery lurex is a great way to add some sparkle to your look in a understated way. This navy collared dress will look chic dressed up with contrasting block-colored heels, or, paired with your best white trainers for a more relaxed feel. Made from a thin knit so much like you're best Christmas jumpers it will feel extra cozy on cold nights.


Urban Outfitters Cleo Sequin Cowl Mini Dress

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24. Urban Outfitters Cleo Sequin Cowl Mini Dress

Specifications

RRP: $79 / £46
Sizes: XXS-XL
Material: Unknown
Care: Hand wash only

Reasons to buy

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Super sparkles
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Delicate cowl neck style
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A-line skirt

Reasons to avoid

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Hand wash only

You can't go wrong with sequins or metallic when it comes to the best Christmas party dresses and this thigh-grazing style is certainly ready for the dancefloor. One of the best dresses for petites, the cowl neckline is flattering across the bust. Looking to layer? Slip on a black tux-inspired blazer to keep this look polished. 


Roman Wine Baroque Print Burnout Dress

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25. Roman Wine Baroque Print Burnout Dress

Specifications

RRP: $84 / £60
Sizes : US:6-16 / UK:10-20
Material: 45% polyamide, 38% polyester, 17% elastane
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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An upgrade on classic velvet
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Flattering wrap top
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Festive shade

Reasons to avoid

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V-neck may be too revealing

This wine hue embodies the festive season and in a gloriously tactile velvet, this simple wrap design will flatter all curves. Featuring a burnout print, nipped in waistband and swishy flared skirt, this dress will never go out of style and will be one you can reach for time and time again. 


Topshop cami v neck embellished maxi dress in black

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26. Topshop Embellished Maxi Dress

Specifications

RRP: $176 / £105
Sizes : US: 0-14 / UK: 4-18
Material: 100% polyester
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Embellished detailing
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Stunning maxi length
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Regular fit

Reasons to avoid

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May be too long for petite heights

If you thought you didn't need another black dress think again. With a tiered skirt, chic embellishment and flattering V-neckline, this dress is a real showstopper and ideal for a black-tie event this season and beyond. Pair with black heels or flats and an embellished clutch for instant elegance. 


4th and Reckless Strappy Ruched Midi Dress

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27. 4th and Reckless Strappy Ruched Midi Dress

Specifications

RRP: $70 / £45
Sizes : US:2-12 / UK: 6-16
Material: 96% polyester, 4% elastane
Care: Unknown

Reasons to buy

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Double straps for supports and style
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Flattering ruched detail
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Unique color

Reasons to avoid

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Thigh-high split

One of the biggest color trends of the year, lilac has dominated the runways all over the globe, for both 2022 and into the first part of 2023. With an almost silvery undertone, this lavender slip dress features ruching through the body for a curve-flattering finish.


Monki Red midi textured puff sleeve dress

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28. Monki Red Midi Textured Puff Sleeve Dress

Specifications

RRP: $65 / £55
Sizes : XXS-XXL
Material: 100% polyester
Care: Machine wash

Reasons to buy

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Fun bow detail on back
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Luxe textured fabric
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The perfect Christmas red

Reasons to avoid

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Would need to go bra-less 

If you've ben wondering what to wear on Christmas day then this dress is packed with playful, festive style. In the ultimate Christmas red hue, the trapeze silhouette ensures it will be super comfortable all day through and can be paired with trainers, slippers or glittery gold heels.

Mint Velvet Silver Sequin Shirt Dress

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29. Mint Velvet Silver Sequin Shirt Dress

Specifications

RRP: $299 / £179
Sizes : US: 2-14 / UK:6-18
Material: 96% polyamide, 4% elastane
Care: Dry clean only

Reasons to buy

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Lined with a cream fabric
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Smart shirt style
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Midi length

Reasons to avoid

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Dry clean only

Elevate this classic silhouette to new heights with this silver sequinned iteration. Lined in cream fabric for a soft finish against skin, this midi length design has a high-waisted seam detail to nip you in at the waist, contouring your curves for a figure-enhancing finish. While it is a great Christmas party dress, it can also be worn undone as a jacket over a silky silver camisole and a pair of palazzo trousers or skinny jeans. 

Hollister Satin Tulip Mini Dress

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30. Hollister Satin Tulip Mini Dress

Specifications

RRP: $69.95 / £59
Sizes : XXS-XL
Material: 94% polyester, 6% elastane
Care: Machine wash cold

Reasons to buy

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Ruched midriff
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Satin fabric
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Fitted shape

Reasons to avoid

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Mini length may not be suitable for tall frames

Another festive color, green is often our go-to for Christmas party dresses. With adjustable shoulder straps, to give a better final fit, this dress is one that will hug your curves. In luxe stretch satin, the ruche detailing will gently skim your silhouette, without losing your shape. Also available in classic black, or lilac for a more trend-led look

1. Sequins and velvet

Every year we can expect the usual sequin dresses and velvet offerings to arrive, and this year is no different. On the fall 2022 runways, a strong case was made for glistening sequins you can wear year-round by the likes of 16Arlington, Bottega Veneta, and Ellie Saab, with dresses and tops, glittering under the spotlights. When it comes to velvet, frocks were the order of the day in the form of maxi offerings from Burberry, tapping into the '90s nostalgia that remains ever-present. 

2. Sheer details

Another clothing trend to look out for when it comes to festive dressing is sheer detailing. Gaining lots of traction at the likes of Chanel, black lace and sheer panels were the order of the day and this look plays perfectly into Christmas party dress season. But this look doesn't have to be uber flesh flashing, look for full skirts and sleeves in sheer overlays.

3. Bright colors

It's not all about dark, rich, glossy hues though. bright, bold, and punchy colors are key to getting dressed up for the festivities this season, inducing dopamine dressing in their wake, with neon brights at Balenciaga and color blocking at Dries Van Noten. It's all about dressing confidently with color and making yourself noticed.