The best Christmas party dresses

24 October 2019

Best Christmas party dresses

The perfect Christmas party dress can be tough to find - particularly when the festivities could involve anything from a meal out to a full-blown disco. Here are some suggestions from Mumsnetters to help get you in the festive spirit

Phase Eight Becca Dress, from £89

Phase Eight Becca Dress, from £89

With so many styles to choose from, this dress is a surefire party season staple for many Mumsnetters. The shape is flattering and fun, with a tight-fit skirt and a looser-fitting top, and is perfectly roomy to accommodate all the mince pies you'll be knocking back. Choose from plain black or navy, sparkle studded or even go all-out glitter.

“Becca dresses are my go-to. I can ruche them up a little to cover my tummy, the long sleeves cover my arms, and they are really comfortable. I have a black and gold one that I bought a couple of years ago and it's my favourite party dress.”

“The Becca dresses become a little bit addictive, they're so comfortable and flattering. I apologise now for the number you will end up getting.”

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ASOS Design Ruched-shoulder Velvet Pleated Midi Dress, £45

ASOS Design Ruched-shoulder Velvet Pleated Midi Dress, £45

Slightly longer in length, this midi dress exudes class. It has a 'fallen shoulder' neckline, meaning it sits just below the curve of your shoulder, and is also available in a beautiful jewel green shade if that takes your fancy. Plus, velvet is a suitably cosy winter fabric, meaning you won't be shivering on the way there and back.

“I bought this on a whim and I absolutely love it. It fits the velvet and asymmetrical requirements at least.”

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Phase Eight Reese Jacquard Frill Dress, £120

Phase Eight Reese Jacquard Frill Dress, £120

It's true that black isn't for everyone, and this burgundy dress is the perfect compromise if you want a splash of wintry colour (but not too much). In addition, some seriously well-placed frills give the dress a light and dainty feel, so you've got a classy evening piece you can wear time and time again. Pair with subtle gold jewellery for a formal do, or your favourite hoops and chunky heels for more of a relaxed feel.

“I love this – it hugs your waist and is forgiving on your thighs.”

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Next Sparkle Jersey Wrap Dress, £40

Next Sparkle Jersey Wrap Dress, £40

Nothing says Christmas party quite like a sparkly black wrap dress. This one's got it all: long sleeves, flattering ruching, a stylish asymmetric hem, and a wrap shape to maximise all of your favourite assets. Available in both a classic black and a beautiful bronze colour, this dress will see you through lots of Christmas and New Year celebrations for many years to come.

“Next have some great sparkly dresses with sleeves.”

“I love going for sparkles and sequins, particularly when the dress code is glamourous.”

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Whistles Pippa Satin Slip Dress, £99 (RRP £169)

Whistles Pippa Satin Slip Dress, £99 (RRP £169)

A little different to the other dresses on this page, this one's perfect if you're after something a little more versatile. The simplicity makes it the perfect choice for more tame casual festivities, but it could also be paired with your favourite blazer and heels for a more polished look (particularly if you're going straight from the office to the venue this year and don't mind a speedy accessory switch).

“This has a bit of an 80s grunge vibe, and would look great with a biker jacket over it.”

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Phase Eight Angelica Lace Swing Dress, £99

Phase Eight Angelica Lace Swing Dress, £99

This one's an LBD with a twist: the sheer panel and ladder stitching make for a bit of variety, while the fluted sleeves and swing shape mean it will flatter and suit you to perfection while you dance the night away. And an added bonus: you can pair a black dress with pretty much anything (time to dust off those beautiful glittery skyscraper heels).

“Swing dresses are my go-to, they hide a multitude. Just pair it with statement earrings and great heels, and maybe even dark tights and you are good to go. It's very lightweight, so could carry into summer, too. I'm not flush, but sometimes it's worth spending a little more for the feel-good factor.”

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Bravissimo Velvet Cowl Neck Maxi, £66 (RRP £95)

Bravissimo Velvet Cowl Neck Maxi, £66 (RRP £95)

The Christmas do is the perfect opportunity to show off your curves in a slinky floor-length number, and where better to buy one from than Bravissimo? With sizes 8 to 18 available in two different dress shapes (Curvy and Super Curvy) this dress will be sure to skim your figure perfectly.

“I have nowhere to wear this maxi dress yet, but I'm so tempted to go back and get it. It looks great on, I shouldn't have tried it.”

“Bravissimo dresses are so good! I bought two in the sale recently, and wore one out for dinner and got so many compliments – it made me look at least a size or two smaller.”

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Monsoon Megan Sequined Midi Dress, £120

Monsoon Megan Sequined Midi Dress, £120

As it turns out, Mumsnetters love a bit of sparkle, and what could be better than a multi-coloured sequin-adorned number for the festive season? This one comes to just below the knee, has long sleeves, and comes in size 8 to size 22 – meaning it fills the oft tricky to find requirements of many a Mumsnetter. Plus, the sequins will catch the party lights beautifully as you shimmy and shake on the dancefloor.

“I love this one, it's glam and fun at the same time. Just check it's not a strict dress code first though, as some places might expect long dresses for black tie.”

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Monsoon Elle Velvet Dress, £70

Monsoon Elle Velvet Dress, £70

Made of velvet and available in three Christmas-y colours (black, berry and green), this dress is made for spreading the good cheer (preferably with a mulled wine in hand). Don't fret that the V-neck and split hem are a bit risque for an office do, they're perfectly balanced by the long sleeves and just-above-knee length. This one will look great with tights or without, and could be paired with heeled boots to keep it more casual.

“Monsoon have some lovely party dresses – including some rather glam velvet ones.”

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Studio 8 Matilda Sequin Fringe Dress, £140

Studio 8 Matilda Sequin Fringe Dress, £140

If channeling the glitz and glam of Great Gatsby's 20s fashion sounds right up your street, a fringe dress could be perfect for your Christmas capers. The fringing will look fab whether you're shimmying on the dancefloor or just propping yourself up leaning on the bar. Plus, stocking sizes 16 to 26, Studio 8 sure know how to make the plus-size party-goers look and feel amazing.

“This is my Christmas party dress. I love it, and it also hides my belly really well.”

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ASOS Occasion Dresses, from £10

ASOS Occasion Dresses, from £10

For a Christmas party dress your teen would be proud of, ASOS have a huge selection of occasionwear suitable for any event and budget, whether you're after a floor-length ballgown or something a bit more low-key – and you can filter by different requirements to suit your fancy (hello, long sleeves). There's plenty of sparkle and shine as well as your trusty LBDs, and with a whole dedicated Curve range stocking sizes 16 to 30 you'll find something which is both comfortable and flattering.

“ASOS is a great place to look for a dress.”

“ASOS have some gorgeous stuff, I've bought a couple of outfits for black tie events from there.”

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Lipsy Bardot Asymmetric Bodycon Dress, £58

Lipsy Bardot Asymmetric Bodycon Dress, £58

Lipsy know how to do glam, fact. This dress is fashionable, sophisticated, and will look killer with a pair of black heels (or your trusty flats if you just don't do heels). Perfect for the more formal frolics, the off-shoulder neckline will look great with your favourite statement earrings, and the asymmetric hem is pretty fashionable (so we hear).

“I usually go for Lipsy. I have a fab red one, and wore it to a work Christmas do years ago and it’s still talked about.”

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