I don’t want to jinx it, but it looks like the season for office parties, festive drinks, Christmas dinners and New Year’s celebrations is back on, and so there’s finally a reason to invest in party dresses that you’ll actually be able to wear.
Yes, they are frivolous, but so be it. Not only will they spread some much needed cheer after a depressing couple of years, but they’ll slot nicely into your forever wardrobe. Because while it’s easy to think you’ll only wear a party dress once, but buy right and you’ll have a timeless piece to see you through many an event to come, including weddings, christenings and birthdays.
As seen on the (virtual) catwalks, feel-good dressing is one of the hottest autumn trends for 2021. Designers such as Ashish, Stella McCartney and Paco Rabanne had a field day with sequins and metallic details galore, making us excited to hit the dance floor again.
Keep scrolling to find out which party dresses to invest in this season, from your favourite designers and high-street stores.
I understand sequins aren’t for everyone, but there really is an option to suit all personalities out there. If you’re feeling OTT, go for full-on 80s sequins. But for something more muted, choose a matte or dark sequin accent.
White party dresses
Forget any preconceptions you might have about wearing white in winter, there really is very little as chic as a creamy satin gown or minimal white suit.
When in doubt, an LBD will see you through any occasion. This season, opt for a paired-back 90s silhouette. Cut out details were everywhere on the catwalk, but if that’s a little too daring, opt for a plunging neckline or back keyhole.
Dresses with sleeves
The emphasis on statement sleeves this season means there are plenty of stylish options about if you’re not keen on showing your arms.
Designer party dresses
While they may seem pricey, designer dresses can be worth the extra money, thanks to more durable materials and impeccable craftsmanship. You can shop my favourite designer party dresses below, including Stella McCartney, The Vampire’s Wife and Lee Mathews.