12 Gorgeous Party Dresses That Are Perfect For the Holiday Season

by Nicola Watson
LIFESTYLE  |  December 02, 2017
  • Save, spend or splurge to find your dream dress
    1 / 13 Save, spend or splurge to find your dream dress

    Some may say it’s too early to start thinking about the party season, and some may say it’s too late. Whatever your stance, the reality is: There are only three weekends left until Christmas! Which means you’ve got even less time to tick off your present buying list, RSVP yes to the parties and get yourself looking and feeling in full festive form.

    (Also Read: 15 Stylish Gifts Under $100)

    Whilst we can’t force you to purchase your gifts any time prior to Christmas Eve (we’ve all been there, it’s a judgement-free zone here) we can try give you a wee nudge on getting your ensembles sorted. That’s why we’ve scoured the ecommerce sites to source the best festive frocks to suit varying styles and price points. Here are 12 epic dresses that will make your party season that little less stressful, and that little more stylish too.

    From save to spend to splurge, here’s our top picks for you to celebrate this Christmas in style.

    All photos are provided by the respective brands. A version of this article originally appeared on www.herworldplus.com.

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  • SAVE: Shoulder pad velvet dress
    2 / 13 SAVE: Shoulder pad velvet dress

    Simplicity is often key to nailing ‘style’ and this dress will help you do just that. Made from velvet with small silver embellished detail all over, the long sleeves and high neckline oozes demure. However, turn around and you’ve got a cheeky backless panel with shoulder tie-ups, to showcase your playful side.

    Wear with: For your girls’ night out, team with silver strappy sandals and some silver drop earrings, keeping makeup simple and muted.

    Shoulder pad velvet dress, $55.90 from MANGO

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  • SAVE: Floral embroidered tunic dress
    3 / 13 SAVE: Floral embroidered tunic dress

    Roses are red, violets are blue, we adore this dress…we think you will too! The semi-sheer top layer has red and green (perfect festive colours, obviously) floral embroidery to spruce up your festive closet. It’s cut close to the body with a zip up the back and a high neckline and long sleeves to ensure you’re ready for any occasion the holidays throws at you.

    Wear with: Red patent shoes are all you need to nail this ensemble look.

    New Look Floral Embroidered Tunic Dress, $96.95 from ASOS

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  • SAVE: Tulle midi prom dress with ribbon ties
    4 / 13 SAVE: Tulle midi prom dress with ribbon ties

    Showcase your inner sweetheart in this monochrome prom dress for your festive parties. The ribbon detail around the waist delivers a pretty and cute feel, whilst the contrasting white top and black skirt will really highlight your best feminine features. For after-work events and office parties, this dress is a fab find.

    Wear with: Avoid pairing with white shoes as it will look a little too ‘constructed’. Instead try some soft ribbon strappy heels.

    Tulle Midi Prom Dress With Ribbon Ties, $118.50 from ASOS

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  • SAVE: Two-tone sequinned dress
    5 / 13 SAVE: Two-tone sequinned dress

    What better way to express your festive cheer than an entire dress of green sparkly sequins? This mini number by Zar with its deep V neckline is balanced out with ¾ length sleeves to avoid the ol’ ‘revealing too much’. The under-bust hemline will ensure you have a feminine silhouette whilst the two-toned sequin colour will make sure you stand out from the crowd.

    Wear with: Chunky heeled ankle boots to dress it down slightly or, thigh high black boots if you’re going for the ‘I’m going all out’ look.

    Two-tone sequinned dress, $89.90, from ZARA

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  • SPEND: Tiered lace mini dress
    6 / 13 SPEND: Tiered lace mini dress

    This dress is pretty and feminine and would be great for a work party this holiday season. The black lace overlay on top of the nude overcoat is just enough detail for you to feel ‘dressed up’ but not OTT. The built-in waist hemline will give you a delightful curved figure.

    Wear with: This dress is so versatile, it will go with whatever suits your personal style and mood at the time. Try adding a pop of colour with your shoe choice to bring the dress to life, or keep simple with some black ankle-strap heels.

    Alice + Olivia tiered lace mini dress, $414 from THE OUTNET

    (Also Read: Style Tips On How to Wear a Bralette)

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  • SPEND: Embellished backless strappy midi dress
    7 / 13 SPEND: Embellished backless strappy midi dress

    We can’t get over how epic this number is. Looking like a million dollars but costing just over 300, this backless dress is made up of a variety of beads and sequins. It oozes glamour and sexuality this festive season. Be ready to rock up and turn heads if you arrive in this midi dress.

    Wear with: Black heels…whatever kind you fancy. This dress is fabulous and will carry them off.

    Embellished Backless Strappy Midi Dress, $323.25 from ASOS

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  • SPEND: Lace-up stretch-knit dress
    8 / 13 SPEND: Lace-up stretch-knit dress

    For the girls who shy from the sequins and who rebuff the glitter, this sweet number from Maje hits all the right spots – it’s deep green and waist corset detail fits in with the season, but the simplicity of the cut, fabric (it’s stretch knit) and length screams class.

    Wear with: Slip on mules would be the perfect choice for your ‘I am effortlessly stylish’ vibe.

    MAJE Lace-up stretch-knit dress, US$358.90 from Net-a-porter

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  • SPEND: Strapless piqué and polka-dot cotton-poplin mini dress
    9 / 13 SPEND: Strapless piqué and polka-dot cotton-poplin mini dress

    Is it a dress, is it a top? Well actually, it can be both. Layering dresses over pants is huge this season and that’s why we’ve added this dress to our catalogue because it can transcend your wardrobe desires. The bottom polka dot cotton panel gives this dress that little extra touch we’re all looking for this Christmas, whilst the boob tube neckline means you can show off your sexy shoulders and collarbone.

    Wear with: Black skinny jeans and your favourite flats for a dress-down but dressed-up feel.

    Strapless piqué and polka-dot cotton-poplin mini dress by Jacquemus, US$616.90 from Net-a-porter

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  • SPLURGE: Off-the-shoulder pompom-trimmed silk-lace maxi dress
    10 / 13 SPLURGE: Off-the-shoulder pompom-trimmed silk-lace maxi dress

    This dress is a real statement and not for the faint-fashion-hearted. This dress has the capacity to wear you, so make sure you wear it instead. How do you do it? Simple – with great confidence, that’s how. A dip into the gothic era, this maxi dress will look insane with a lick of red (or deep burgundy) lipstick and a chunky waist belt.

    Wear with: To allow this dress to shine, wear your hair up and keep all your accessories as minimal as possible.

    Off-the-shoulder pompom-trimmed silk-lace maxi dress by Alexander McQueen, $1,288 from THE OUTNET

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  • SPLURGE: Embellished cotton-blend velvet mini dress
    11 / 13 SPLURGE: Embellished cotton-blend velvet mini dress

    Balancing out the mini length with long sleeves, this velvet dress will steal the show (and you with it) at any gathering you attend. Covered in gold and crystal circular motifs, you’ll be catching the light as you dance the night away this Christmas. We love this dress for a night out clubbing with the girls, or your other half!

    Wear with: This dress will go with chunky flat boots, heeled boots, strappy sandals or any pair of shoes you’re feeling right now. Go for it.

    Embellished cotton-blend velvet mini dress by Balmain, US$2,202.90 from Net-a-porter

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  • SPLURGE: Tasseled embroidered plissé-silk midi dress
    12 / 13 SPLURGE: Tasseled embroidered plissé-silk midi dress

    Display your ultimate fashion stance this holiday with Alexander McQueen Fall ‘17 collection. This ivory silk dress is contrasted with red and gold wool pleats and full length piping, leading to fringed tassels on the lower hem and sleeves too. Red and gold are the colours for Christmas, so you’re nailing your style and joining in the festivities too! Given the high neckline and length of the skirt, the dress is perfect for family gatherings or corporate parties.

    Wear with: Try some delicate gold heels to pick up on the gold thread running throughout -and some gold studs for the ears too.

    Tasseled embroidered plissé-silk midi dress by Alexander McQueen, USD $4,543 from Net-a-porter

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  • SPLURGE: Embellished cutout crocheted lace midi dress
    13 / 13 SPLURGE: Embellished cutout crocheted lace midi dress

    Yes, it’s Christmas and technically ‘winter’ but we all know that here in Singapore the weather is hot the entire year. So often, these thick fabric heavy duty dresses favoured for the festive season won’t work for us because they make us sweat our makeup off, among many other things. That’s why we have chosen this dress for our festive frocks. Made from crochet and a cotton lining, complete with shoulder slits front and back, you’ll be stylish and sweat-free at any event you attend.

    Wear with: Dress it up with stiletto heels – a nude colour would be the best pairing.

    Embellished cutout crocheted lace midi dress by JonathanSimkhai, USD $2,241.60 from Net-a-porter

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