Top 5 Party Dresses for Christmas and New Year's Eve
'Tis the season to pull out all the stops and go for full-on glamour! I've sifted through arm loads of velvet, sequins and lace to come up with my top five party season dresses to carry you through Christmas and New Year...
SEQUINS & PLEATS
The cut and detail in this black Top Shop dress makes it look a lot more expensive than its £45 price tag and the drape effect pleats over one shoulder are incredibly flattering. One for the Christmas dinner perhaps?
There's no reason to stick to black with so many gorgeous jewel shades to choose from. Ted Baker's Sarvani Red Lace Dress, £169 ticks two on-trend boxes: vivid colour and lace, while remaining timelessly elegant. I'd keep accessories minimal and let this dress do most of the talking!
I actually gasped when I saw this sequined dress in River Island - the detail is stunning and I love the combination of gold and silver metallics - a real show stopper at £60. Elbow length sleeves and a scoop back add elegance to the bodycon style.
Zara has once again nailed the latest catwalk trends with this cape style velvet dress, £69.99 embellished with sequins and fringes. A little more edgy than traditional party dresses, I think this style is super cool and very wearable.
If you're up for investing in a dress that looks good enough to roll out every year, the copper and black All Saints Shia Tee Dress, £298 ticks a lot of boxes. Incorporating tiger and reptile prints, heavily beaded with seqin detail, it has capped sleeves and a dipped hem at the back. I'm a fan of this relaxed, easy to wear style that skims over any Quality Street induced bumps!
I've never lost my childhood love of dressing up and if we can't do it at Christmas and New Year, when can we?!
Nic is a Belfast beauty blogger, freelance writer and mum, with a penchant for Chanel lipstick, shopping & strong coffee. As editor of Strawberry Blonde Beauty, she helps steer women through the beautysphere with reviews, tips and the lowdown on the latest releases. Nic loves exploring Belfast's thriving cultural scene and agrees with Dorothy that there's no place like home.