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13 Christmas Party Dresses We're Coveting For The Festive Season

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The festive season has a habit of sneaking up on us as if from nowhere. It seems as if one moment you're making the most of the late summer sunshine, the next you're wondering whether it's socially acceptable to start humming Christmas carols, ITV2 have started their back-to-back screenings of Love Actually and you find yourself fielding more Christmas party invitations than you know what to do with. And what better excuse than a festive 'do' to invest in an appropriately Christmassy party dress?

Even if you’re a devoted minimalist who only dresses in ruthlessly curated neutrals for the other eleven months of the year, all bets are off in December. It's a time when it suddenly becomes both socially and sartorially acceptable to wear as much festive sparkle as you can manage (with a bit of extra tinsel thrown in for good measure). That’s not to say, though, that you have to forgo your signature style come December 1st: from high street favourites to the most covetable designer brands, this year’s yuletide dresses have something to suit all tastes and budgets.

This year, celestial prints feel like a fresh option for party season: think along the lines of cult-favourite London label Rixo’s maxi dresses patterned with moons and stars, delicate astrology-infused embellishment from affordable brands like H&M and Topshop, or desk-to-drinks tea dresses from Realisation Par. The ‘90s-inspired slip dress trend has managed to stick around into 2017 (because Cher from Clueless never goes out of style, and as ever, velvet and sequins are a festive failsafe – why not branch out from black or silver and try sapphire blue, Quality Street fuschia or rainbow stripes a la Ashish? It’s Christmas, after all…

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