22 stylish Christmas party dress ideas

We've selected the best Christmas party dresses for all kinds of festive events, from office parties to family get-togethers.

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The holidays are the perfect excuse to get glam and wear a Christmas party dress that makes you feel like a million bucks. Whether it's for a get-together with your closest girlfriends, a family gathering, or a work party, these are the best frocks that'll work for every upcoming occasion.

After a couple of years of Christmas plans being up in the air, this year we're ready to say yes to every festive plan possible. But after getting used to being snuggled up in loungewear and only just getting back to dressing for work, it can become a bit of a minefield knowing how to get dressed up for party season. So, in between being swaddled up in the best Christmas jumpers at home (we've even found matching Christmas jumpers for the family), and getting used to your new everyday fall looks, we've found the perfect Christmas party dresses to help you stand out for the special occasions. 

Where to find the best Christmas party dress 

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Christmas party dress ideas for 2021

ASOS High Neck Dress

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1. ASOS High Neck Dress

Specifications
RRP: $61/ £38
Sizes: US: 0-14/ UK: 4-16
Material blend: 98% Polyester, 2% Elastane
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous color+Flattering twist style+Low back
Reasons to avoid
-Structured material

The perfect dress for a sophisticated soirée, this pencil style with high neck is as chic as it is stylish. With the long sleeves, twist detail and low back, it's a winner for an after-dark look with sparkly jewels.


Phase Eight Adele Velvet Dress

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2. Phase Eight Adele Studded Velvet Mini Dress

Specifications
RRP: $160/£89
Sizes: 4–14 (US) / 8–18 (UK)
Material blend: 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane
Reasons to buy
+Regular fit+Flattering midi dress+Great for Christmas parties+A versatile LBD
Reasons to avoid
-Fitted style not great for plus size ladies

This gorgeous LBD with a twist from Phase Eight is a must-have for party season. The "Adele Dress" has an added touch of glamour, this dress is covered in sparkling embellishments that are sure to shimmer beneath the fairy lights this winter. This chic take on an LBD is touched up with metallic studs and framed by blouson sleeves with frill cuffs. Phase Eight have also added feminine ruching at the waistline to flatter all shapes, figures, and silhouettes.


Kitri Persephone Shirred Pink Sungod Dress

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3. Kitri Persephone Shirred Pink Sungod Dress

Specifications
RRP: $227/£165
Sizes: US: 4-14 / UK: 6-16
Material blend: 100% viscose
Reasons to buy
+Flattering tiered skirt+Available in other prints +Shirred detail to suit different bust sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

London-born brand Kitri, is a go-to for stunning dresses all year round. The Persephone style is one of its best-sellers and now it's available in this gorgeous popping shade of pink. Try it out with a slick of red lippie and a pair of metallic mules. 


Mango Side-Slit Satin Dress

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4. Mango Side-Slit Satin Dress

Specifications
RRP: $99/£59.99
Sizes: US 4-12/ UK: 6-14
Material blend: 100% polyester
Reasons to buy
+Flattering long sleeves+Gorgeous glossy color+Universally flattering length
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing 

How amazing is this color? We're imagining this frock with lashings of golden jewels, a pair of strappy heeled sandals and an embellished bag. You can also try it out with a shearling coat and knee-high boots for day, too. 


Reiss Bella Velvet Berry Midi Dress

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5. Reiss Bella Velvet Berry Midi Dress

Specifications
RRP: $320/£168
Sizes: 0–12 (US) / 4–16 (UK)
Material blend: 96% Polyester, 4% Elastane
Reasons to buy
+Festive hue+Versatile cut+Sexy style+Affordable luxury
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

The Reiss Bella Dress comes in the most gorgeous berry-hue, which is just perfect for the winter events and Christmas parties you'll be attending over the next few months. It features a gorgeous asymmetric neckline, which leaves room for glitzy jewelry. The figure-hugging fit defines your shape, and the midi length shows off your pins perfectly. Cut from velvet and with a subtle side split down one side, this stunning garment can be worn with an array of different types of heels, pumps, or sandals, depending on the season or event.


Phase Eight Haisley Sequin Sleeved Dress

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6. Phase Eight Haisley Sequin Sleeved Dress

Specifications
RRP: $270/£150
Sizing: US: 4-18/ UK: 6-20
Material: 94% Polyester 6% Elastane
Reasons to buy
+Flattering V-neck design+Ruched waist+Loose-fitting sleeves+Range of sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Sequins may itch slightly 

All-over sequins brings instant joy during the festive period. Embrace the glitzy look with Phase Eight's Haisley silver midi dress. The ruched waist detail, V-neck design, and universally flattering midi length makes it one not to miss. 


Anthropologie Velvet Empire Waist Midi Dress

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7. Anthropologie Velvet Empire Waist Midi Dress

Specifications
RRP: $180/£148
Sizes: 00–26 (US) / 6–26 (UK)
Material blend: Viscose, nylon
Reasons to buy
+Flattering square neck+Tie-back detail+Empire waist+Midi length+Flounced hem
Reasons to avoid
-Hand wash only-Size zip-One length

A romantic take on a velvet gown, this Antropologie Velvet Midi Dress is romantic, endearing and down-right beautiful. In a powder pink hues, this midi is perfect for lavish gatherings and get-togethers, this flounced midi dress is made from lustrous velvet and oozes pure luxury. With a versatile square neckline, an empire waist and tie-back detailing—this dress is perfect for a variety of different figures. And the fact that this dress is available up to a US and UK 26, we are obsessed with the inclusivity of this piece.


Never Fully Dressed Lucia Delilah Dress

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8. Never Fully Dressed Lucia Delilah Dress

Specifications
RRP: $145/£89
Sizes: US: 6-20/ UK: 8-22
Material blend: 98% polyester 2% elastane
Reasons to buy
+Available in a range of sizes +Flattering sleeves and length+Breast feeding friendly 
Reasons to avoid
-Bold print

A leopard print dress is one of those pieces you'll never get bored of. No matter the season or occasion, an animal print midi frock will be the perfect style to swish around it. This style from Never Fully Dressed is fun, floaty, and inclusive for different sizes. Tick, tick and tick!


Sister Jane Made You Dream Maxi Dress

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9. Sister Jane Made You Dream Maxi Dress

Specifications
RRP: $156/£110
Sizes: XS-XL
Material blend: 100% polyester
Reasons to buy
+Statement frock+Fully lined+Showstopper to wear every party season
Reasons to avoid
-May only wear during party season

Part of Sister Jane's 10 year anniversary collection, this 'wow' dress is made to be noticed. The flattering, straight shape with a black base will suit different sizes while the stunning gold stars make it a showstopper that's bound to get everyone asking where you got it from. One word: amazing!


H&M Knot Detail Dress

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10. H&M Knot Detail Dress

Specifications
RRP: $34.99/£24.99
Sizing: US: 2-20/ UK: 4-22
Material: 100% polyester
Reasons to buy
+Great range of sizes+Flattering waist not+Fun print
Reasons to avoid
-May not be to everyone's taste

The affordable price point, amazing flattering details (look at that knot waist and long sleeves), and the wearable length makes a style to snap up—fast. For daytime, style with chunky boots and a colorful coat. For evening, wear with a bright zingy pink or red lipstick and bold heels.


Never Fully Dressed Green Patsy Heart Print Dress

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11. Never Fully Dressed Green Patsy Heart Print Dress

Specifications
RRP: $‌145/£89
Sizes: 2–20 (US) / 6–24 (UK)
Material blend: 100% Polyester
Reasons to buy
+Size inclusive up to a US 20+Fun print+Vibrant color palette+Slightly oversized
Reasons to avoid
-Color might not pair well with accessories

The Green Patsy Heart Print Dress from Never Fully Dressed is the perfect fun dress to wear to Christmas parties this year. Again, it's not your bog-standard party dress, but it makes an impact and lifts your spirits. After all, who said fashion couldn't be fun? This dress is a pull-on style, making it super easy to wear, and can be styled up effortlessly too. Thanks to the slightly oversized fit, this dress can be worn early pregnancy or to a Christmas meal with a 0% chance of feeling guilty afterwards.


Chi Chi London Julio Sequin Midi Wrap Dress

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12. Chi Chi London Julio Sequin Midi Wrap Dress

Specifications
RRP: $167/£90
Sizes: 2–22 (US) / 6–26 (UK)
Material blend: 100% Polyester
Reasons to buy
+Flattering V neckline+Long sleeves+Wrap design+Size inclusive
Reasons to avoid
-States midi length, but is mini

This red number is leans just far enough to be a take on a classic LBD while still offering up some saucy Christmas Mrs. Claus energy. Plus, the wrap dress will work perfectly for lots of different body types. 


Coast High Neck Floral Long Sleeve Midaxi Dress

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13. Coast High Neck Floral Long Sleeve Midaxi Dress

Specifications
RRP: $219/£159.20
Sizes: US: 6-16/ UK: 8-18
Material blend: 95% polyester
Reasons to buy
+On trend sheer sleeves+Luxury fall colors+Flattering ruffles and tiered design
Reasons to avoid
-Nipped in waist so not best for apple shapes

This winner of a dress is made for fall. The gorgeous, glossy hues are not only ideal for party season, they also work for every day, too. Imagine it for evening with heels and a clutch bag, and for daytime with tan, suede boots and a teddy bear coat. 


& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

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Specifications
RRP: $117/£85
Sizes: US: 6-16/ UK: 8-18
Material blend: 100% organic cotton
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous puff sleeves+Can be worn across all seasons+Mini length
Reasons to avoid
-Not size inclusive

Never underestimate the power of a great black dress. Putting the LBD (that's little black dress) to one side in favor of the flattering midi. This & Other Stories style with puff sleeves and ruched, stretchy detail can be worn across all seasons with a switch of accessories. 


Meadows Caster Dress in Red Velvet

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15. Meadows Caster Dress in Red Velvet

Specifications
RRP: $267/£195
Sizes: 0–14 (US) / 4–18 (UK)
Material blend: 100% cotton
Reasons to buy
+Lavish style and print+Jewel color, perfect for winter+Midi length
Reasons to avoid
-Not size inclusive

The Meadows Caster Dress in a stunning red hue, and features a stunning embroidered sun and moon print done with a golden thread on a velvet base. The midi length dress has a square neckline and a gathered waist for a flattering and versatile fit. With oversized short sleeves and gathered shoulders, the silhouette of this dress is timeless, and looks beautiful on all body types. The dress boasts of pockets too, which is always handy.  


Chi Chi London One Shoulder Tulle Tiered Midi Dress in Red

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16. Chi Chi London One Shoulder Tulle Tiered Midi Dress in Red

Specifications
RRP: $182/£98
Sizes: 2–12 (US) / 6–16 (UK)
Material blend: 100% Polyester
Reasons to buy
+Bold color+Tulle Fabric+Midi Length
Reasons to avoid
-Not size inclusive-Tiers can look bulky-One shoulder

Chi Chi London's One Shoulder Tulle Tiered Midi Dress in Red is a fun and exuberant garment that will see you through many parties. It's always good to make a bold entrance, and with this tulle number you can do just that. Wear with black heels to make a statement, or low pumps for comfort—either way, you'll feel dressed to the nines in this dress, and ready for the festivities that await.


Free People Beatrice Maxi Dress

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17. Free People Beatrice Maxi Dress

Specifications
RRP: $250/£228
Sizes: US: 0-14/ UK: 4-16
Material : 100% polyester
Reasons to buy
+Fluted sleeves+Maxi length+Silky material 
Reasons to avoid
-Hand wash only

The dress-of-dreams in here in the form of Free People's Beatrice Maxi Dress. The elegant silver style is flattering on arms with the fluted sleeves, great for after-dark with the longer length and has a deep V-neck design. Keep it glam with all the sparkly jewelry and metallic accessories. 


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18. Karen Millen Bead Embellished Open Back Woven Dress

Specifications
RRP: $217/£127.20
Sizes: XS-L
Material blend: 91% Viscose, 9% Metalized Fibers
Reasons to buy
+Chic belted design+Soft knit fabric+Side split
Reasons to avoid
-Do not tumble dry-Not size inclusive 

This gorgeous Karen Millen Check Knit Belted Maxi Dress is one not to miss. Proving the knitted dress is a hero piece for every stylish woman to own, not only do they look incredible, they feel good, too. Soft, comfy and a weighty fabric that won't cling, this dogtooth style is elegant and timeless. 


Ted Baker Mairie Dress

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19. Ted Baker Mairie Dress

Specifications
RRP: $285/£165
Sizes: US:4-16/ UK:6-18
Material blend: 100% Polyester
Reasons to buy
+Fitted at the waist+Puff sleeves+True to size
Reasons to avoid
-Not available in plus sizes

Mini dresses are easy to wear if you think about balance. Instead of a strappy, bodycon style, switch to a floaty iteration with longer sleeves so you don't feel to exposed. This moody floral dress from Ted Baker will look so good with heeled ankle boots and statement earrings. 


Nasty Gal Metallic Polka Dot Backless Maxi Dress

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20. Nasty Gal Metallic Polka Dot Backless Maxi Dress

Specifications
RRP: $35/£45
Sizes: 0–10 (US) / 4–14 (UK)
Material blend: 100% Polyester
Reasons to buy
+Balloon sleeve+Relaxed fit+Maxi length+Backless
Reasons to avoid
-Small sizing selection-Overpriced

The Nasty Gal Metallic Polka Dot Backless Maxi Dress is a perfect maxi dress for all kinds of parties, but especially those that take place in the winter. In a gorgeous black and silver color palette, this dress will shimmer under the lights as you dance away to Christmas songs or welcome in the new year on NYE. Can be worn with chunky boots for an off duty vibe, or with sandals for a touch of glamor.


House of CB Domenica Dress

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21. House of CB Domenica Dress

Specifications
RRP: $164 /£119
Sizes: XS–L+
Material blend: 90% Rayon, 9% Nylon, 1% Elastane
Reasons to buy
+The perfect fitted black dress+Sweetheart neckline+Size inclusive
Reasons to avoid
-May have to wear a strapless bra

House of CB is a go-to for fitted dresses and this one is a black style that's available in a range of sizes. Try belting it at the waist and wear a blazer over the top if you prefer not to show your arms as much. 

New Look Green Leopard Print Frill High Neck Midi Dress

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22. New Look Green Leopard Print Frill High Neck Midi Dress

Specifications
RRP: $39/27.99
Sizes: US: 6-16/ UK: 8-18
Material blend: 100% Polyester.
Reasons to buy
+Fit and flare design+High neckline+Fun print
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

A twist on a classic, this fun, bright leopard dress is a showstopper. Let your dress do all the talking and team with classic jewels and black or gold heels. Feeling daring? Go even brighten with a popping pink shoe and red lips. 

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 2021 runway, a strong case was made for glistening sequins you can wear year-round by the likes of Prada, Paco Rabanne, and Balenciaga, with dresses and tops. When it comes to velvet, frocks were the order of the day in the form of shorter offerings from Off White. However, we've found the best midi styles that'll suit most people. 

2. Sheer details

Another clothing trend to look out for is sheer detailing. It's gaining a lot of attention at the Dior and Simona Rocha shows, with black lace being a win-win among the designers, we've found the best styles to shop below. 

3. Bright colors

It's not all about dark, rich, and glossy hues, though, bright, bold, and punchy colors are key to getting dressed up for the festivities. Neon brights were at Versace and Roksanda and color blocking was seen at Jil Sander and Victoria Beckham. Basically, any color dress goes right now, it's all about what you feel confident in. 

Luckily, we've found the best of the best dresses that have been expertly selected just for you. Ticking off some of the key trends—no matter your style, budget or size—these are the frocks that'll be the best plus one to any party. After all, Christmas can be stressful enough so thinking of what to wear should be the least of your worries.

Mollie Quirk
Mollie Quirk

Mollie Quirk is a freelance journalist and features writer from London, England. With a First-class degree in Journalism and over eight years of online writing experience, Mollie is an expert in her field. At a UK size 16–18, she specialises in writing about plus size fashion and issues surrounding body image – knowing firsthand what it’s like to style a fuller figure, Mollie knows what plus size women want and need. Having written for some of the most well-known publications around the world, Mollie has hopes of continuing her career and eventually becoming a plus size fashion editor. When she’s not writing or styling up outfits she can usually be found upcycling second hand furniture, listening to country music with her cat, or sipping coffee in a corner of London.