Christmas party dresses: 2019
As party season approaches in a cascade of glitter and swathes of velvet, we asses which Christmas party dresses 2019 will be throwing into the spotlight
The invitations will start to arrive before you know it, so it pays to plan ahead when it comes to your wardrobe. Scroll down for our pick of Christmas party dresses and evening wear brands to note this year.
Inspired by the bounty of a chocolate selection box — and with a nod to the shiny wrappers contained therein — there's something for everyone.
Streamlined and structural: Victoria Beckham Cap Sleeve Pleated Dress
Crafted from a heavyweight jersey with languid draping, this midi dress makes for an elegant and comfortable choice come cocktail hour. Sheer, pleated ruffles on the neckline and hem add decorative movement .
Buy it here for £1,550
Devilish red: Katherine Hamnett Madama Slip Dress
From the '90s to present day, the allure of a simple slip dress endures, as with this jewel-like burgundy number from Katherine Hamnett.
Buy it here for 400
Swathes of satin: Arket Pleated Satin Dress
Universally flattering, this grey-green dress from Arket is yet another glamorous yet comfortable option.
Buy it here for £45
Metallic mirage: Rotate Pink Ruched Metallic Dress
Rotate's ruched, puff-sleeve dresses have captured the hearts of fashion girls the world over, and this shocking pink number is our choice for Christmas 2019.
Buy it here for £222
Midnight Sky: Kitri Gamzatti Blue Metallic Wrap Dress
In shimmering blue jersey fabric with a tie-waist feature, this dress from online-only brand (and rising star) Kitri is made for the dance floor.
Buy it here for £125
Velveteen vixen: Alexandre Vaulthier Ruched Mini:
In a striking, deep teal and with architectural ruching and high, padded shoulders - this Vaulthier dress is a gorgeous nod to the '80s.
Buy it here for £960
Twinkle Twinkle: Rixo Tyra Dress
Bring the party with Rixo's brand new style, the 'Tyra', which features a vintage style dropped waist and floaty sleeves in multi-line sequin.
Buy it here for £385
Kimono: ALEXACHUNG Twilight Kimono Dress
Kimono by name but not necessarily by nature, this dress from from fashion's favorite IT girl is a sultry, edgy play on the Little Black Dress.
Buy it here for £260
Gold Standard: The Vampire's Wife 'The American Chevron Dress'
Charged with Old Hollywood glamour and crafted from bespoke golden metallic silk-lamé, The American Chevron Dress comes in The Vampire's Wife's signature style with the added doses of opulence one requires at this time of year.
Pre-order now here for £2,500
Ice Blue: De La Vali Clementine Blue Tiger Print Dress
De La Vali's Clementine Blue Tiger Print Long Sleeved Dress is a fun and free-spiritedd choice, featuring voluminous balloon sleeves and ruched detail.
Buy it here for £620
Suits You: Galvan Winter Sun velvet suit
Suit up in this marigold, plush velvet pairing from homegrown luxury modern evening wear brand Galvan London.
Jacket £895, Trouser £495. Shop here
Forest Fairy: Self-Portrait Pleated Crepe Mini Dress
Lace is major contender in each of Self-Portrait's collections, and Han Chong likes to experiment with it from season to season.
Buy it here for £300
Highstreet hit: Mango Sequinned Gown
The ultimate statement dress from the highstreet. Expect to see this Mango dress far and wide, thanks to its low price point and style-scoring credentials.
Buy it here for £119
One Shoulder Masterpiece: Emilia Wickstead Nadia Dress
This monochromatic gown from Kiwi designer Emilia Wickstead is the height of feminine elegance.
Buy it here for £995
Tartan Magic: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Checked Dress
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi riffs on quintessential British tropes for this blue and green checked dress, sure to be a unique show-stopper at parties.
Buy it here for £1370
Winter Florals: Topshop Black Flower Print Mini Dress
Another high-street hit is Topshop's embellished, flowery minidress featuring a feminine, floral print.
Buy it here for £39
Pretty in pink: Valentino Ruffled Mini Dress
Simultaneously bold and elegant, this boat necked wool and silk dress from infamous Italian designer Valentino is a pretty, timeless choice.
Buy it here for £1,790
Beaded opulence: Alessandra Rich Sequin Embroidered Lace Dress
Alessandra Rich has fast become one of the most sought-after names in evening wear, and it's easy to see why. Take this embellished, multi-textured minidress - the ultimate statement head-turner.
Buy it here for £2362