You know the drill: your work’s Christmas do, festive bottomless brunch, or annual family Christmas meal is fast approaching. You need a show-stopping outfit — and you need it now. After all, life has got in the way and you’ve left getting organised until the last minute (oh, the joys of being a grown-up…).
This is a case that requires the most effortless partywear possible. It requires a key piece that screams Christmas in the very best way. It requires the sequin dress.
Let’s face it, sequin party dresses always resurface this time of year. However, here are my top picks inspired by the Autumn/Winter 2022/23 catwalks that will help you celebrate the festive season in style.
1. River Island Gold Knot Mini Dress
Team yours with gold or silver hoop earrings, heeled sandals and a chic clutch for a cool yet classy look.
2. SHEIN Square Neck Prom Dress
Keep jewellery understated to let the dress take centre stage, but a delicate necklace and earrings combo may complement nicely. Finish off your prom queen finesse with silver or gold heeled sandals and a coordinating clutch.
3. M&S Silver Midi Tea Dress
Speaking of long dresses, if you prefer to cover your arms and chest then this M&S Silver Midi Tea Dress* is the sequin frock for you. It has playful short balloon sleeves and a flared hem but pulls you in at the waist to define the feminine silhouette.
You can toughen this one up slightly by opting for chunky boots as opposed to heeled sandals, or even by adding a black faux leather jacket. Either way, don’t forget some statement earrings and a bag in a different hue to add depth to this aesthetic.
4. H&M Gold Wrap Dress
This H&M Gold Wrap Dress* is just as pretty as it is affordable, allowing you to shine at your Christmas event without breaking the bank. It even comes in silver if you’re not a big fan of gold.
With a flirty neckline and hemline, add a pop of colour through red heeled Mary-Janes and a matching clutch bag for a fun take on festive style. Draw attention away from your chest with a layered necklace or equally-as-sparkly earrings.
5. Warehouse Red Velvet Dress
Did someone mention Santa Claus red? Then you need this Warehouse Red Velvet Dress* to amp up the sultriness for your seasonal party.
Gold or silver shoes, jewellery and accessories would work well with this number. You could even mix metals to bring out the warm and cool tones of the dress.
Alternatively, go with classic black shoes and a corresponding black handbag. Just don’t forget your big hoop or drop earrings in gold or silver (or both) for extra sass and sparkle.
6. Next x Lipsy Ombre Shift Dress
I’ve had my eye on this Lipsy Ombre Shift Dress from Next ever since Chrishell from Selling Sunset posted a picture of herself promoting it on the ‘Gram.
Long sleeves and a high neckline to combat the elements? Check. Colourways that complement any skin tone? Check. A short hemline and defined waistline for a youthful feel? Check.
All you need to add is small earrings, a simple clutch and strappy heels for a glamorous, standout look with the dress as the main focus.
7. Dorothy Perkins Silver Belted Mini Dress
I’ll probably rock mine with my black heeled sandals featuring silver rhinestones, a black and silver clutch, and coordinating silver rhinestone earrings. That being said, the all-silver head-to-toe aesthetic that is pictured on the model looks stunning too.
8. ZARA Black Long Sleeved Blazer Dress
Put a modern spin on your Christmas partywear with a blazer dress that gives off boss babe energy. Case in point: this ZARA Black Long Sleeved Blazer Dress. Its timeless black hue means that you can pair it with just about any other colour and it will still look stylishly smart.
If you’re feeling brave, all you need are heeled boots, shoes or sandals and a small bag for a fancy event. Or if the hemline is looking a little too short for those brisk temperatures, team the dress with black faux leather leggings or black opaque tights to produce the same jaw-dropping effect.
9. River Island Collared Wrap Mini Dress
Like pillar box red, emerald green is a colour aptly associated with Christmas.
As well as its gorgeous hue, what I love about this River Island Wrap Mini Dress* is the cheeky little collar. It adds a stamp of individuality to the traditional Christmas party dress — and makes it super contemporary.
Pair this beauty with black, silver or gold heels and cute silver or gold earrings. Avoid a necklace as you don’t want to steal focus from the collar, and it would look too overpowering with the earrings anyway.
10. Warehouse Diamond Mesh Midi Dress
Those who love a longer hemline, listen up: this Warehouse Diamond Mesh Midi Dress* has got your name on it. I love the unique pattern and sheer sleeves, which prevents the dress from looking frumpy. The funnel neck is also a nice touch to help you retain warmth in winter.
Like many of the dresses on this list, this one doesn’t need much accessorising to grab attention. I’d suggest small hoop or stud earrings, black or silver heeled sandals and an understated clutch. Job successfully done.
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Final Thoughts on Sequin Party Dresses
I love that sequin party dresses are such a standout piece that you can essentially throw on and that’s most of the hard work done. It’s important to keep the rest of your outfit minimal to let your sequin dress make the maximum impact.
Adding extra sparkle through your earrings, bag and heeled sandals is actively encouraged, but avoid over-accessorising with waist belts or fussy necklaces.
Don’t forget your coat if you live in the UK! An oversized fluffy teddy or smart wool number will keep you feeling warm and looking stylish in equal measure.
Which is your fave from this list of sequin party dresses? LMK!