From sequin party dresses and going out blouses to black evening dresses and sparkly tops, we’ve rounded-up our favourite fashion buys from Highcross that’ll see you through the party season in style! This year it’s all about sequins, sparkles and metallics.
RED PARTY DRESSES
Nothing says partywear like a classic red dress. And if you’re searching for the perfect one to see you through the season, look no further.
Take your pick from glamorous ruby sequins, courtesy of Karen Millen (as recently worn by Claudia on Strictly, no less), to claret-hued wraparound styles and sparkling midi dresses.
This pleated Whistles dress will look just as great in the day with a white tee underneath and sneakers. For the ultimate evening party outfit, though, team your red frock with an elegant pair of black courts.
Main image: Regina sparkle pleated dress, £169, Whistles at John Lewis & Partners; Constance T-bar heeled sandals, £155, Reiss; gem bracelet, £30, French Connection at John Lewis & Partners; gem earrings, £25, French Connection at John Lewis and Partners
Left to right: sequin belted midi dress, £250, Karen Millen; jacquard-weave dress, £17.99, H&M; Cancity dress in rose red, £148, All Saints
EVENING DRESSES WITH SLEEVES
Yes, it’s party season – but it’s also winter and freezing. If you don’t fancy barely-there straps, but also don’t want to compromise on style, then invest in a long sleeve dress instead.
To ensure your party dress dazzles rather than dulls, look for elegant detailing and embellishment like lace, embroidery, beading or sequins. Deep V necklines, balloon sleeves and ruffle hems add interest. And if you fancy being daring, go for a short hemline – your arms are covered, after all.
Style it up with your favourite faux fur coat
and add a glitzy clutch.
Main image: blazer dress, £79.99, Zara; envelope clutch bag, £24, Next; long sparkly stone earrings, £9.99, H&M
Left to right: black metallic embroidered long sleeve dress, £79, Savannah Miller at Debenhams; sequin mini dress, £175, Karen Millen; Tiffany knot mini dress, £35, Topshop
If there’s one item to invest in this season, this is it: the versatile sequin skirt. Don’t blame us if a few of these end up in your wardrobe…
We’re head over heels for animal print sequins (Karen Millen and Zara both have amazing skirts), and the magpie in us can’t help but want this French Connection gold sequin skirt.
For after dark, pop on a metallic blouse (sequins and shiny materials are a match made in party heaven!) and choose black suede heels.
When the party season’s over, don’t throw it to the back of your wardrobe: swap in a slim grey jumper and complete the look with tights and biker boots.
Main image: sequin leopard midi skirt, £175, Karen Millen; shirt dress, £29.99, Zara; multi leaf drop earring, £35, Whistles at John Lewis & Partners; Cornel suede point pumps, £140, Whistles at John Lewis & Partners
Left to right: Emilia sequin midi skirt, £90, French Connection at John Lewis & Partners; skirt with sequins, £24.99, H&M; printed knit skirt with sequins, £49.99, Zara
If the dress code for your Christmas night out is ‘jeans and a nice top’, we’ve got exactly what you need with our pick of the best party tops.
This Topshop satin camisole is a classic party wardrobe addition: it works just as well with slim cigarette pants, as it does with a fine pleat skirt.
Pussy bow and luxe embroidered blouses are also high on our party shopping list. This floral Reiss one will keep you looking polished and party ready. Throw it on with ankle-grazing jeans and block heels for a festive drink with friends.
Main image: satin cowl neck cami, £24, Topshop; green metallic skirt, £50, Next; curve clutch bag, £15, Next; gold thick hoop earrings, £5.99, New Look; resin and gold bangles, £8.99, New Look
Left to right: Tori floral burnout blouse, £145, Reiss; sequin cami in teal, £16, Next; tie-top blouse, £17.99, H&M