Cocktail Party Dresses

It’s dressing up time of year when it’s okay to go over the top with your party dress, to enjoy lots of sequins, tulle and of course shimmer and sparkle as you hit the cocktail parties or go off dancing at the annual office party looking glamorous.

We have found some fabulous dresses which go from full on flamboyant to a structured, body con dress.

Valentino Flared Cuff Sequinned Dress £6700.00 Selfridges (Shop Now)

Eveningwear is the jewel in Valentino’s crown, closing each collection with aplomb (and often a dash of glitter). Sequins are its not-so-secret weapon for ramping up the partying potential of its dresses; that’s taken to the extreme for this long-sleeved style that’s dipped from hem to hem in sparkle. Exra colourful shards fall confetti-like across the yoke, scattering so only a few reach the frilled cuffs or thigh-high hem.

Attico Asymmetric Feather Midi Dress £6035.00 Selfridges (Shop Now)

Full disclosure: this Attico dress is not for wall flowers. But you guessed that already, right? The Italian label – translated as ‘penthouse’, just FYI – uses luxuriously tactile ostrich feathers to create its attention-grabbing silhouette, forming a halterneck-style top that trails into an asymmetric, floor-skimming hemline. As for accessories – well, we don’t need to tell you. But if you want our advice, we say vertiginous boots and an abundance of sparkling jewellery.

Akris Silk Textured Dress £4440.00 Harrods (Shop Now)

Cut from swathes of a premium silk blend, this Akris dress will lend a textured finish to your wardrobe. Adorned with soft tuffets of faux fur, the lightweight style cinches at the waist with a self-tie belt while split seams add a flirty finish. Style with patent pumps for elevated eveningwear.

Gucci Diamanté-Embellished Wool and Silk-Blend Dress £2400.00 Selfridges (Shop Now)

Alessandro Michele’s mind-bending aesthetic at Gucci crosses space and time to find its references. As tricksy as ever, the Creative Director plays with perception to add interest to this A-line dress. Spun from a luxurious blend of wool and silk that’s soft-to-touch with a sleek handle, its profile is rendered monochrome to pave the way for sparkly trims. Arranged as a trompe l’oeil rope, velvet and diamanté glitters at the collar and cuffs.

Alexander McQueen Appliqué-Embellished Crepe Dress £2070.00 Selfridges (Shop Now)

Showcasing everything we love about the classic LBD, Alexander McQueen's iteration is cut from crepe to create a light, fluttering profile. Minimalist without being simple – just look at the layered cuffs – its shoulders are trimmed with sparkling, bead-embellished appliques; each one is shaped to form a different insect, revealing the affinity with nature Creative Director Sarah Burton shared with the label’s eponymous founder.

Roland Mouret Fenland Off-The-Shoulder Dress £1599.00 Harrods (Shop Now)

Heralded as 'the master of structure and silhouette', Roland Mouret proves his credentials with the Fenland dress. Part of a limited edition capsule collection made exclusively for Harrods, the off-the-shoulder neckline elegantly showcases the décolletage, while split sleeves add subtle movement to the crepe design. Pick out the label's signature exposed zip with golden accessories.

Roland Mouret Wilder Peplum Dress £1299.00 Harrods (Shop Now)

An ever-reliable label for refined business dressing, the Wilder dress from Roland Mouret is crafted with signature attention to detail and origami-like folds. The wool crepe piece boasts a peplum waist to define your figure and a fitted pencil skirt, adhering to the designer's penchant for enhancing the female silhouette.

Galvin Sequin Mini Dress £825.00 Stylebop (Shop Now)

Ideal for special occasions that call for sparkle, this silver sequin dress from Galvan is cut with a high hemline and long sleeves - contrasting design details that temper the impact and keep it super wearable.

Diane Von Furstenberg Saihana Printed Silk Dress £340.00 Stylebop (Shop Now)

In brown and black with animal print, this silk dress is a bold choice from Diane von Furstenberg. From the round neckline to the streamlined silhouette - it can be easily styled for work or evening functions.

Elie Tahari Jezeble Ruffle Trim Dress £365.00 Harrods (Shop Now)

Showcasing the ruffle shoulder trims that decorate many of Elie Tahari's Pre-Fall 2018 dresses, the Jezeble dress falls into a shift silhouette with an optional self-tie belt for customisable definition. Adhering to the designer's ladylike yet business-ready aesthetic, the prim mid-length style is detailed with a feminine floral print and V-neckline.
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