It’s time to dust off those party shoes, search through your sequin dresses, drag out those velvet numbers, Christmas party season is back! If like us you’re kind of bored of all your pre-pandemic Christmas party dresses or simply want to treat yourself to some new season sparkle, then this shopping guide is for you.
The high street feels like it is starting to come back to life and we’re pleased to see party wear making its way back into shops. A sequin dress is a winter season staple and a great sparkly number can see you through many nights of dancing. If your diary is starting to fill up, or there is finally the promise of a good family get together or office shindig, then you’ve got the perfect excuse for treating yourself to a new party dress. We’ve scoured the high street for sequin party dresses for a range of budgets and sizes. We have great plus size sequin dress options, long line gowns and thigh grazing minis; we’ve got chic shifts and wonderful wraps and every other kind of sequin in between. December is here, it is time to shine.
It should be noted that both Antonia and I are rather fond of a sequin, so for us, this is heavenly, but if you’re after more sedate party wear, have no fear, we’ll be compiling lots of party dressing guides, whether you love to sparkle or prefer something a little more suited and booted.
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I love everything about this ball of sparkle. If you’re looking for something eye catching or a dress that will ensure you’ll want to dance all night long, then this is it.
This A-line shape is something we’re seeing a lot of right now and it’s such an easy one to wear. Skimming silhouettes, it’s a flattering style and this ombre style pastel sequin embellishment is really soft and pretty. The slightly flared sleeve is a nice nod to the volume sleeve trend too.
We’re seeing so many smock styles across dress categories. While this shape took off for boho summer dresses, expect party dresses to get the same volume treatment. This is one to wear for a spin on the dance floor now and then re-rock at summer weddings in 2022.
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I think it was earlier this year that Mango phased out ‘Violeta’ as their plus size line and just integrated the collection under the main Mango brand and I really feel this is one of the most stylish plus size collections out there right now. The last time I went into a Mango they didn’t carry the collection in store (which is a huge shame) but it’s one of my big wishes for 2022 as I think it’s an unsung hero of the plus size fashion world. This little bronze plus size sequin dress goes up to a size 26 and is just a really cute, timeless party dress that will work for Friday and Saturday nights out with the girls on the regular.
Thigh skimming, this sequin dress features an eighties inspired draped shoulder that wouldn’t look out of place on the runway.
While party dresses used to always mean body con, we’re thrilled the smock dress has been embraced by brands and celebrated in all its sequin glory. This is a great one for dancing the night away but also utterly perfect for Christmas Eve/Day too. While it’s all over sequins, its jet black colour makes it still quite subtle and the shape will be so comfy too!
All the glam
If anyone has a wedding or black tie Christmas party that they need to get really dressed up for, then Needle and Thread is an excellent choice. The dresses are beautifully cut and constructed and they have really hit that luxury market without the thousand pound price tag. At just under £500, this is an expensive dress but as a classic black tie, glamorous gown, you can certainly wear this for years to come.
Not sure you’re quite ready for the party season reboot? Evening wear for many can be a really daunting item to buy and so finding a shape that is comfortable, flattering and chic should be at the top of the list. As I mentioned earlier, body con no longer reigns supreme in this category and we’re seeing lots of grown up glitter on the high street right now. I love this long sleeved, v-neck sequin dress from Phase Eight with its flattering mid section gathering and draping. With a shift silhouette and a below the knee hem, it’s sleek, classic and timeless. You can definitely wear this to weddings and other functions long after Christmas and the Phase Eight cut is great for curvier figures too.
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Let the sequins sing
This is a classic Hobbs silhouette revamped for sequin season and I love it. Hobbs are great at making classic A-line dresses. it’s a shape they have absolutely nailed and this delicate and expensive looking sequin fabric easily elevates this simple shape. The fluted sleeve is so pretty and this dress can be restyled and re-accessorised over and over again, a great investment.
Big sequin energy
Palette sequins are literally my favourite kind of sequin. Essentially it’s a fancy way of saying big sequins and they’re pretty hard to find most of the time. But every Christmas, someone (usually Asos to be honest) whips out the perfect, big sequin dress and I normally cave and get one. This is certainly on my hit list. Available in the plus size collection it starts from a size 16 and is in a really comfy t-shirt style shape, which is great for dancing the night away in.
Must have midnight
Midnight blue sequins are just so super chic. A gorgeous alternative to black, a dark blue sequin dress will never not look utterly elegant. This classic and simple shape can be accessorised with pops of colour, or keep it understated with black heels and bag and just a simple stud or small drip earring. Sometimes, less is more.
Marks and Spencer added a host of other labels to their brand to increase their offering and it has really upped the choice on their digital site particularly. This gorgeous gold dress with full sleeve may have been styled with stompy boots, but switch out the boots for some heels or a pretty pump and you’re ready for party season.
Rixo do some great party pieces and this stunning ombre green dress will be great for Christmas but because of its colouring still be utterly party ready for summer weddings in 2022.
That’s a wrap (dress)
A mix of black, gun metal and silver, this chic sequinned wrap mini dress with blouson sleeves is at the higher end of our sequin dress finds, but we didn’t see loads of other wrap dresses on the high street. Thigh high leather boots utterly optional (but don’t they look fabulous).
It’s quite unusual to see sequin patterns so this had to make the cut. In a longer line shape, this ankle grazing dress in a column silhouette is great for taller women and the waist cinching belt again will elongate pins as it makes the bottom half of your torso appear longer. Available at Simply Be it is also available in plus sizes!
Such an incredible vibrant hue, Christmas party dresses can tend to stick to traditional metallics, monochromes or seasonal red, so it’s really lovely to see this big splash of colour. The light gathering at the waist will also be really flattering.
Hush might not be your first thought for occasion or party wear but they’re bringing it this season with their sequin looks and Christmas dressing ideas with a little bit of an edge. You should know by now that Antonia and I are dedicated to the leopard print cause, so this one had to make the list.
Earn your stripes
This striped sequin dress has a lovely and simple shape but really dazzles when it comes to the striped sequin pattern. The way the stripe goes up and down the body will also help to elongate your silhouette.
Stripe it lucky
Another striped beauty, at £55 this dress is quite a bargain (sequins are always that little bit pricier). A really attractive shift shape, again the lines of sequins will help make you look longer – even without heels.
One of the most classic party dresses in the list, this sequin t-shirt shaped sequin party dress will be a firm favourite for years to come. It will literally never date and you’ll happily rewear this one for all kinds of dressy occasions. The sheer yoke is so pretty too. Keep accessories to a minimum and keep them delicate to match the softness of the dress.
It’s party time!
We had to go out with a bang and this Sister Jane mini dress with heart sequin pattern is one of the most festive and fun eighties inspired party dresses around at the minute. At less than £90 it’s also a great bit of high end style at a more pocket friendly price point. With on-trend full sleeves, this is the dress that will get you in the mood for a whole lot of fun this season.
And as the hearts suggest, the festive season should be about love and goodwill, so however you plan to style it, have fun.
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