It's the time of year when you suddenly have a calendar full of events you need to attend. Work do's, dinner with the in-laws, festive cocktail nights with the girls, Christmas Eve parties, and of course, Christmas day! In this exciting run up to the big day, you'll need to remember to grab the best party dress before they all sell out.
But before you start your search, you should learn a little bit about the different types of materials, styles, and colours to help you decide. Long sleeves, short sleeves, whatever you have in mind, we're here to share our shopping advice and ranking of our top ten most favourite dresses in the UK. From long gold maxi dresses with sequins, to cute red mini dresses, we've found the perfect range from Amazon, eBay, and ASOS.
To ensure that you're feeling comfortable and confident in your brand new Christmas party dress, we've put together this buying guide on the ins and outs of festive fashion shopping!
Christmas only comes around once a year so you have got to make sure that your dress is fit for such a special occasion. You'll want to look good and feel confident (and comfy!) so we're here to guide you through each style.
Mini dresses sit halfway up the thigh or slightly higher. It's a stylish and fun design with a shorter hemline that will make your legs look super long and lean. If you like to draw attention to your legs, pair a mini dress with some chunky high heels.
The risk of a mini dress is that your hem can ride up as you walk or dance, resulting in a potential wardrobe malfunction. Our top tip is to checking that it's at a comfortable length, prior to wearing it out the house, or wear a pair of tights underneath to help fix it into place.
Midi dresses are somewhere in between mini and maxi dresses. The hem sits just under the knee, often hugging the thighs to create a flattering silhouette. They are a popular fashion statement favoured by many celebrities and influencers, and are the perfect compromise for formal events where you may feel underdressed in a mini dress.
As it's Christmas, you might appreciate the added warmth that a midi dress can offer, not to mention that this lengthier style pairs perfectly with a boxy blazer, or a thin belt to accentuate your hips. The style can be loosely fitted, although more often than not, a midi dress can provide a figure hugging fit.
A maxi dress is often tight at the top, flowing loosely from the waist or hip to the floor. This style offers a sure way to stand out at any Christmas event, especially if the material is sparkly! Maxi dress may cover your lower half, but don't be fooled, they actually help to lengthen the appearance of your legs. There's plenty of space under there to add high heels too.
These dresses are super flattering and they'll always be the most versatile choice. You can wear them to Christmas work do's, family dinners, meeting the in-laws, or having festive drinks with friends, you're sure to love how comfortable and cute they are.
You want to make sure that your dress is not only high quality, but comfortable too. We'll explain how the material of your dress can play a big part in the overall wear-ability, and how to determine which is most suitable for you.
Cotton is a natural material that's used for its soft texture and durability. It has many advantages, such as being breathable and hypoallergenic. Just be aware that although it's the most beneficial material for your skin, it can be more expensive than other options.
Polyester and polyimide synthetic alternatives to cotton that share similar qualities. Both of these fabrics are stretchy, and don't tend to crease as much as cotton. They're both fairly durable too, although polyester is known to pill after time, so pay attention to the care instructions.
Metallic fabrics created using aluminium fibres will give your outfit a brilliant glow. If you like to jazz things up a bit when dressing for a party, you'll definitely benefit from a bedazzled metallic fibre dress!
A certain percentage of elastane or spandex offers an added element of comfort to your dress. Choosing a dress with around 2% elastane, means that your dress will be fairly stretchy, but not enough for it to lose its shape.
Keep in mind that materials like polyester and polyamide are fairly elasticated already, so they may not need a lot of additional stretchiness to feel comfortable. It's cotton that you'll need to keep an eye on, as unless the dress is supposed to be baggy, it should have at least 1% of elastane in the mix.
We made sure to clarify the material ratio in the specification table wherever possible, that way you can make an informed choice. It's not the most important factor when it comes to buying a dress, but it certainly helps you to get a good idea of how it will feel and fit prior to trying on.
We love a wardrobe full of warm, festive colours in winter. It goes without saying that the classic colours of Christmas are red and green, and there really isn't a more suitable Christmas party outfit than a bright, bold red dress.
That said, gold is an equally dazzling choice that will draw all eyes on you, the shining star of the party! We want to make sure that you can truly express yourself at your Christmas party, so we've made a note of which dresses are available in multiple colours so that you can choose the perfect one for yourself.
To save yourself the time and effort of handwashing, you're better off buying a dress that can be put in a washing machine. However, there are some benefits to hand washing clothes. You can target stains and properly tend to the delicate details, like puffed sleeves and sequins.
By properly caring for your dress, it will see you through many future events to come. Just be sure to read the care label before washing to avoid damaging or shrinking your new outfit!
Now, it's time to dive into the ranking of our top 10 favourite party dresses for this festive season! We've found some of the most gorgeous dresses available in the UK for a very merry Christmas indeed!
|Material||42% metallised fibres, 40% cotton, 18% polyamide.|
|Available colours||Gold and silver|
|Available colours||Available in 12 colours|
|Material||74% synthetic fibre, 24.4% polyamide, 1.6% elastane|
|Available colours||Available in 7 colours|
|Available colours||Available in 12 colours|
|Available colours||Available in 4 colours|
|Material||93% polyamide, 4% elastane, 3% metallised fibre|
|Material||97% polyester, 3% elastane|
|Material||95% polyester, 5% elastane|
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Slinky Long Sleeve Ruched Bust Mini Dress
Long Sleeve V Back Sequin Mini Dress
Midi Dress With Batwing Sleeve
Sequin Party Dress
Long Sleeve Deep V Neck Sequins Wrapped Midi Dress
Fashion Long Sleeve Dress
Elegant Sleeveless Pencil Dress
Long Sleeve Chunky Cable Knit Dress
Lattice Embellished Maxi Dress
Off Shoulder Mini Dress In Gun Metal
A Classic Red Bodycon for the Festive Season
A Fabulously Shiny Sequin T-Shirt Dress
A Chic and Sophisticated Wrap Dress
A Bargain Dress With Maximum Glam
A Gold Wrap Sequin Dress for Any Festive Occassion
A Classy Ball Gown for a Fancy Christmas Party
An Elegant Mulled Wine Midi Dress
A Comfy, Cosy Christmas Jumper Dress
The Head-to-Toe Sparkly Gown
A Disco Ball Dress for Your Christmas Party
|Material||95% polyester, 5% elastane||100% cotton||97% polyester, 3% elastane||93% polyamide, 4% elastane, 3% metallised fibre||Polyester, spandex||Polyester||74% synthetic fibre, 24.4% polyamide, 1.6% elastane||100% polyester||100% polyester||42% metallised fibres, 40% cotton, 18% polyamide.|
|Available colours||Red||Peach||Red||Silver||Available in 4 colours||Available in 12 colours||Available in 7 colours||Available in 12 colours||Gold and silver||Silver|
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Finding that perfect dress can be a challenge. Hopefully, our buying guide and ranking list made your decision that much easier. Whether or not you chose a red mini dress, or a shimmering sequin maxi dress, you're sure to be the belle of the ball at your next Christmas event!
Author: Annie Speight
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