We get it. You’ve been so caught up with buying presents, decorating the house, and manically tying up loose ends at work that you haven’t even thought about yourself – or your festive wardrobe. And with a calendar full of lunches, dinners and cocktail parties, your wardrobe is beginning to feel a little stretched. But fear not, we’re here to save the day as we’ve selected the best party dresses to suit every style, budget and occasion. Whether it’s for a family lunch, girls’ night out or even New Year’s Eve, these dresses will make sure you’re the best dressed in the room.
Below find the best party dresses for every festive occasion:
WEAR TO: Girls’ Night Out
The annual girls’ night out is one of the most important on the festive calendar. Failsafe but far from boring, this simple velvet LBD will ensure you’re comfortable enough to dance the night away in style. Pair with ’90s-style strappy sandals and statement earrings. Black draped-neck mini velvet dress, €99, at Cos.
WEAR TO: Christmas Day
This high-neck dress is the last word in understated elegance and is perfect for Christmas day. Just add some great chandelier earrings. Lilac/grey high-neck dress with belt, €59.99, at H&M.
WEAR TO: Girls’ Lunch
A floral midi is the perfect option for a festive lunch – and is ideal for day-to-night dressing. Wear with over-the-knee boots that sit neatly underneath the dress by day, and by night, simply swap to barely-there heels and you’ll be ready for cocktail hour. Floral-print smocked dress, Boutique, €160, at Topshop.
WEAR TO: Festive Date Night
It’s no ordinary date night – dinner or drinks over the Christmas period requires a little extra sparkle. Silver Sira lurex dress, Gestuz, €259, at Arnotts.
WEAR TO: New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve party? A standout sequin dress is the ultimate festive fashion fail-safe. Bonus points for the on-trend short puff sleeves. Black sequin velvet dress, €59.95, at Zara.
WEAR TO: New Year Afternoon Tea
Step outside of your comfort zone and embrace a brilliantly bright print dress – no-one does them better than Helen Steele. Wear to a leisurely afternoon tea, no accessories necessary. Cora silk dress, Helen Steele, €750, at Costume.
WEAR TO: Anywhere!
Finally, the take-you-anywhere dress for all those last-minute occasions that crop up over the festive period. Feel fabulous in this navy belted dress from Edeline Lee that will ensure you’re dressed the part, no matter the occasion. Navy belted dress, Edeline Lee, €899, at Gallery 9.
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