Your diary is filling up, you're prepping your playlist, you're armed with all the Fenty Beauty shimmer you'll ever need: party season is upon us. Amid the red-cheeked merriment, mince pies and Mariah Carey, party season means party dressing. How are designers putting on the party this season?
Whether you're gearing up for full-scale sparkle, going for sumptuous fabrics like velvet and tulle, or ready to clash your maximalist prints, we've found the best party dresses to wear from the office Christmas 'do through to New Year's Eve. Click through to see our pick of the party dresses, from high street to designer.
We're layering this luscious black slip over a sparkly roll neck.
Gerda Dress, £180, available at
If you're going to go for it, go all out: this Zara red leopard-print sequin shift ticks all boxes.
Printed Sequinned Dress, £49.99, available at
Whistles serves up a classic. Add rhinestone earrings and a velvet box bag.
Satin Pleated Dress, £169, available at
This satin number works as well on the dance floor as at the bar of a cocktail spot.
Lucy Dress, £75, available at
This minimal Kitri dress is divine: that sash detail adds some oomph.
Sarah Arm Sash Dress, £125, available at
Rainbow? Check. Star-spangled? Check. Pleated? Check. Well done, Warehouse.
Rainbow Pleated Midi Dress, £65, available at
This blue velvet number will see us from party dressing through to spring. We love it styled with red Mary Janes.
Flute Sleeve Dress, £410, available at
This showstopper calls for statement earrings and killer heels.
Open Back Long Dress, £150, available at
If you're more reserved in your dressing, Shrimps are producing some of the sweetest Victoriana pieces right now.
Lancelot Doodle-Embroidered Organza Dress, £940, available at
This New Look velvet dress looks more expensive than its price, and will work just as well on the dance floor as with boots under your favourite coat.
Velvet Devore Mini Dress, £29.99, available at
The Vampire's Wife is our hero brand this season. This ladylike shape comes in all fabrics and colourways, but this frosted sequin number was made for party season.
The Vampire's Wife
Festival Ruffle-Trimmed Silk-Blend Lamé Dress, £1,395, available at
We definitely owned this back in 2001, and we're very pleased with its return.
Cowl Metallic Slip Bodycon Dress, £32, available at
You'll float through the party in French Connection's frothy tulle piece.
Luna Sparkle One Shoulder Flared Dress, £195, available at
This shade is gorgeous; team with purple accessories.
Crepe Wrap Front Bardot Midi Dress, £40, available at
The '80s are back this season, and bringing Madonna-inspired cuts.
Emilio De La Morena
Off-The-Shoulder Velvet Dress, £798, available at
Chinoiserie has inspired brands from Rixo to H&M this year.
Patterned Dress, £39.99, available at
This UO dress was made for dance floors.
Pins & Needles Moonbeam Metallic Slip Dress, £46, available at
The sharp shoulders, dipped hem and crushed velvet take this leopard-print dress from everyday to wear-all-night.
Ulia Leopard-Print Velvet Dress, £770, available at
M&S's luna-inspired dresses have sold out twice online. Nab this before it goes again.
Marks & Spencer
Printed Mesh Flared Sleeve Midi Dress, £49.50, available at
Marks & Spencer
If dressing up isn't your thing but you want to break from your year-round attire this party season, a sweet kicky floral dress will do the trick.
Celia Floral-Print Cady Dress, £450, available at
Let this statement piece do all the talking by paring with minimal accessories and a nude lip.
& Other Stories
Gold Wrap Dress, £110, available at
Layer over kick-flare jeans by day, wear alone with heavy metal accessories by night.
Gillian Crimson Dress, £188, available at
We couldn't do party wear without a nod to Ashish. Just look at those sequins.
Striped Sequinned Silk-Georgette Dress, £1,620, available at
Rag & Bone
Victor Dress, £455, available at
Rag & Bone
Embrace lace in this emerald green piece to take you from desk to dance floor.
Green And Black Lace Dress, £59.99, available at
Asymmetric shoulders are here to stay – this simple Mango dress packs a punch.
Asymmetrical Satin Dress, £49.99, available at
Be the princess of the party in Ganni's street-style hit.
Seneca Silk Midi Dress, £475, available at
Chainmail is here to stay - this dress screams 2000, which is no bad thing.
Cowl Neck Glitter Slip Dress, £32.00, available at