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Top 10 Winter Party Dresses
Parties probably aren’t going to look the same this year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look fabulous. Whether you’re celebrating in a restaurant or bar, in your back yard, or (please, no!) over a video call, it’s a great excuse to get dressed up. Here are ten of our favorite stand-out party dress trends to make sure all eyes will be on you this party season.
Sequins everywhere. All the sequins. Any color as long as it’s sequined. You might wish to stay away from red or green, or anything else that makes you think “Christmas tree”, and experiment with sophisticated takes on the sequin trend, like plums and teals. In addition to coming in every color you can imagine, sequins work on any length of dress, with a fun and youthful look in a mini dress and a more elegant take with a midi dress or ankle-length gown.
Other metallics are also available, but this year is really all about silver. Whether it sparkles or shines, as long as it's in sequins, faux leather, or metallic crepe, it’s a guaranteed win. If you want to really go big with this look, try holographic fabric with a base layer of white, silver, or pale grey and we guarantee your fellow party guests won’t be able to take their eyes off you.
Autumn/Winter 2020 collections are full of striking, solid colors. They make a huge statement, and that makes them perfect for parties. Pillar box red is the color of the season, but honestly, anything goes. Electric blues, celery yellows, and even luxe chocolate browns look glamorous and eye-catching. Pick a hue that complements your skin tone and don’t be afraid to carry the same color through into your accessories.
These are a classic and chic day look but a slinky, metallic or shimmery fabric (or, yes, sequins) makes wrap dresses into glamorous party wear.
Statement collars is kind of a weird phrase to write, but when Peter Pan collars are back with a vengeance and we’re seeing new takes like crocheted lace in contrasting colors, it turns out to be a phrase we need. Big collars are at their best on short dresses, especially with A-line or swing dress silhouettes. It’s a very '60s look, and the colors and accessories make it look modern.
Okay, so prints never really go away; what changes is how to wear them. This season, party dresses go wild with leopard and tiger print, usually on something shiny and metallic. De La Vali’s tiger stripe chinoiserie mini dress is the perfect encapsulation of this trend. Alternatively, small, delicate florals make a sweet and pretty contrast to all the metallics and bolds going on around you.
Yes, we know. There’s a real danger here of stumbling into retro prom dress territory, but puff sleeves done right are a popular look this winter. So what does ‘done right’ mean? In proportion, basically. If you’re wearing a short dress, especially one with a wide skirt, keep the puff sleeves short and on the narrower side. If the dress is longer and sleeker, you get to go bigger with the sleeves.
When Dolce & Gabbana send it down the runway, you know it’s a good choice. Polka dot minis and midis are everywhere right now, usually with one distinctive, quirky detail. D&G did ruching on an otherwise tight midi dress, Rebecca Vallance used panels and buttons to create a cincher-like effect, and Rat & Boa went with a long line of buttons, ruching, and puffed sleeves. It sounds like a lot, but the joy of polka dots, especially in a classic white or red on black, is that you can add a lot of detail before you tip over into too much.
An unusual fabric like faux leather is a great way to sneak a really comfortable dress into a party look. Black faux leather does an excellent job of this. This A/W season, it crops up in shirt dresses and A-line mini dresses. It's easy to wear, easy to accessorize, and just effortlessly cool.
This is most definitely a wild card. It’s a callback to the 1920s: fitted dresses with feather trim. It’s light and fun, and it lifts up a dark and heavy dress or creates an ultra-feminine look on pastels. At the high end of designer looks, the ultimate expression of this trend is brocade dresses with almost all-over feathering.