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18 of the best party dresses

The festive season is upon us – ensure you’re party-ready with a dress that makes you feel utterly fabulous

Halpern; Erdem; Isabel Marant FW19

While a calendar of back-to-back cocktail events, office parties and extra-special-occasion dinners may leave you with an overwhelming desire to spend a cozy night at home, a shiny new dress is a sure-fire way to banish party-season ennui. There was no shortage of inspiration on the FW19 runways. Adding a few extra inches to the LBD, Bottega Veneta’s leather knee-length number has a slightly sultry but refined look. When it comes to lace and sequins, either/or is not an option this season: look to Christopher Kane, Dries Van Noten and Erdem for styles with a double dose of festive spice. Isabel Marant’s spangled cowgirl mini, Paco Rabanne’s art deco print dress (with a thigh-high slit for even more va-va-voom) and Versace’s ’90s-grunge-era spaghetti-strap gown all gave new fashion verve to retro glamour. Simply accessorized with heels, statement tights and jewelry, your party dress is the only plus-one you need this season.


  • Isabel Marant
    Caldes sequined-embellished chiffon and cotton mini dress
  • Halpern
    Draped dégradé sequined tulle dress
    One-shoulder lamé mini dress
  • Paco Rabanne
    Floral-print chainmail and corded lace dress

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