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Christmas calls for party outfits with sparkle, even if you’re staying at home. Have fun with partywear, from showstopping accessories for the virtual office quiz to a knockout dress for Christmas Eve kitchen-disco cocktails

Stunning party dresses for kitchen discos

We haven’t had many opportunities to get dressed up this year, so Christmas is as good a reason as any to go for glamour – whether that’s via a glittery hair clip or a shimmering sequinned dress that will add sparkle to your social feeds. If you’ll be celebrating with people in person or via Zoom, stunning party dresses are a zero-fuss way to go from sofa to social – and they don’t have to compromise on comfort either. Look for relaxed shapes and stretch fabrics, which can be dressed down for outdoor gatherings. Just add tights and chunky boots and throw a jumper or blazer on top.

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Black sequinned knee-length shift dress
Also comes in a night-sky shade of blue
Black foil puff-sleeved mini dress
Cinch at the waist with a black or glittery belt
Blue animal-print plissé dress
Vibrant snake – the new way to do animal print
Black lace round-neck knee-length shift dress
The LBD gets a lacy upgrade

Christmas tops

With many of our Christmas gatherings likely to be screen to screen rather than face to face, fancy on top and comfy on the bottom is the Zoom-friendly party outfit formula to dress by. A gorgeous Fair Isle jumper is festive but forever classic and, with all the pattern focused on the top half, they’re made for video calls. If, on the other hand, a party isn’t a party for you without a sprinkling of sparkle, we have sophisticated twinkly tops that feel special enough for every Christmas party scenario but will have a life in your wardrobe beyond New Year’s Eve.

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Navy and white Fair Isle funnel-neck relaxed jumper
A graphic take on Fair Isle style
Sparkly striped V-neck relaxed top
Sparkly styles can be relaxed, too
Cream Fair Isle funnel-neck relaxed jumper
A cosy knit for Christmas and beyond
Black sparkly tie-neck jumper
Subtle shimmer plus a festive bow

Not-going-out party outfits

The key to a video-call-friendly but future-proof outfit is to focus on the top half, via items that marry luxe fabrics with classic designs. Take this tunic: satin feels special and the polka-dot print provides impact but it’s classic enough to stand the test of time. Plissé fabric looks expensive and this dress feels fancy enough for kitchen discos but is relaxed enough for day-to-day wear. A single-breasted velvet blazer pairs perfectly with a glass of prosecco, but looks just as good with a white T-shirt, vintage-wash jeans and trainers. A patterned cashmere knit will look great with leather trousers and will keep you cosy until spring.

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Satin polka-dot collarless bib tunic
Black and white and polka-dots all over
Long-sleeved blue and black floral pattern mini swing dress
Swishy enough for kitchen discos
Black velvet single-breasted blazer
Throw on a velvet blazer for instant glam
Cashmere leopard-print round-neck jumper
Cashmere meets leopard print for a party-worthy knit

Accessories to add the finishing touches

Statement hair accessories, necklaces or earrings are a fuss-free and budget-friendly way to give your outfit a celebratory upgrade. Miuccia Prada brought back the headband a couple of seasons ago and the Duchess of Cambridge has cemented its popularity – our knotted style comes in three chic shades including black. Add a touch of sparkle with diamanté slides or glam up a plain jumper with a chunky necklace. Pearls are a forever classic and this great-value set includes hair slides and two pairs of earrings to switch up your look.

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Black knot headband
Top off your look with a chic headband
Two diamante hair slides
Add a touch of sparkle with diamanté hair slides
Chunky gold chain necklace
Elevate a plain top with a chunky necklace
Pearl earrings and hair clip set
Girl with the pearl earring (and hair clips)

Words: Miranda Eason

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