SEQUINS and lots of them - we all know the style drill each Christmas. Add a bit of gold lamé, lace trim and a pair of corn-causing strappy heels and you have yourself a blinding festive outfit. Call it festive spirit or too much sherry, but we're always a little too keen to rival our Christmas tree in the bells and whistles department (complete with tinsel scarf and bauble earrings).
True to long-standing tradition, the high street has overdone it with metallics this year
So what to adorn ourselves in this year?
There are a few key trends:
From Zara to New Look, stores have rekindled a passionate love affair with velvet this season. Once used to outfit pimpmobiles and, err… seventies shag pads, velvet has infiltrated its way back into stores and is now a certified trend item. Find hundreds of dresses, blazers, shoes, chokers, bags and more in the comeback fabric.
Not one for velvet? Well, true to long-standing tradition, the high street has overdone it with metallics this year - as it does every year. Whether silver, gold, rose gold or tinfoil, you’ll find a skimpy party dress covered in it. If you need examples on how to pull off this trend without coming over all Robocop, see our best dressed metallic gallery here.
Silk/satin slip dresses have also made a mighty return from the style archives. For reference, think of nineties exposed-nipped Kate Moss, Cher Horowitz a la Clueless and Carrie Bradshaw’s infamous ‘naked dress’ covered with phallic graffiti on the side of a New York bus. Very fash. Yet, outside of 1999, it’s a risky trend (especially if you’re going bra-less), and there's every possibility you may look like you’ve popped out in your sexy nightie. Still, rest assured Vogue has said it’s cool.
With that said, there's a lot to choose from. To help you get dressed this Christmas and NYE, we've found thirteen party dresses £50 and under to see you through to the New Year:
ASOS ONE SHOULDER IRRIDESCENT MINI DRESS - £45 (size 4-18)
TOPSHOP PETITE FOIL SPOT MIDI DRESS - £39.00 (size 4-14)
ZARA LONG VELVET DRESS - £49.99 (size small-large)
BOOHOO LOLA SEQUIN STAR PRINT STRAPPY MAXI DRESS -£35 (size 8-16)
AX PARIS BLACK AND GOLD 2 IN 1 METALLIC MIDI SKIRT DRESS - £50 (size 6-12)
LIPSY MELA LOVES SEQUIN BOLT DRESS - £50 (size 8-16)
MISSGUIDED NAVY SEQUIN EMBELLISHED HIGH NECK BODYCON DRESS - £45 (size 4-16)
NEW LOOK VELVET BARDOT DRESS - £18.74 (size 8-12)
RIVER ISLAND METALLIC NUDE WRAP DRESS - £42 (size 6-18)
PRETTY LITTLE THING VALENTINA GOLD SEQUIN LONG SLEEVE MAXI DRESS - £50 (size 6-14)
QUIZ DIAMOND SEQUINNED BODYCON DRESS - £44.99 (size 6-16)
LAVISH ALICE CAMI MIDI DRESS - £50 (size 6-18)
MISSGUIDED HIGH NECK STRUCTURED LACE DRESS - £40 (size 4-16)