We’ve reached that time of year when everyone starts counting down the days until Christmas. But, while it may still feel a little far away, we don’t think it’s ever too early to start thinking about the perfect party dress for when those festive invites start to come in.
Here are just a few of our favourite dress trends for this season.
The Little White Dress
Move over the Little Black Dress, because this season, it’s all about its opposite number, the Little White Dress. Every A-lister worth their salt has been spotted in this trend on the red carpet, including Sandra Bullock, who wore a capped one sleeve white mini dress by Italian designer Giambattista Valli, to the New York premiere of her new movie Gravity. From the high street, I’ve fallen for La Redoute’s straight cut short-sleeved dress with delicate lace across the décolletage and capped sleeves. It’s simple, yet pretty and romantic. I’d take a leaf out of Sandra’s style book and wear with monochrome heels.
This season’s headline colour is definitely pink. All the big-name designers sent their models down the runways for their autumn/winter shows wearing just about every shade of pink imaginable – from bold candy floss hues to the softest blush and deep magenta to dusty rose. This jewel-hued maxi dress by Gat Rimon is in the most stunning of shades and is made of 100% silk. Simply styled with shoe-string straps and a dipped back, it would stand out at any party. I’d wear it belted and accessorise with Alexander McQueen’s box clutch bag, which is embellished with Swarovski crystals and topped with the designer’s signature skull.
I love searching out dresses from vintage stores and sites, along with looking at less obvious high street options and websites, because then you know no one else is going to be wearing the same dress as you. Lanvin sent his models onto the catwalk in beautifully cut prom dresses and some of the finds in vintage stores, if you look for those made in the 1950s, are stunning, and unique. Rokit has a good selection of full-skirted black dresses at the moment.
Definitely not a look for shrinking violets, lots of designers went for full out glamour with their new season collection of dresses. Dolce and Gabbana took their inspiration from church and court, with mosaics and murals, all finished off with hand-stitched gems. But, if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to haute couture, you can take style tips from D&G, choosing a heavily adorned dress, but in a very simple shape. Their shift style is ultra flattering, keeping less-than-perfect arms covered, while showing off legs.
While the The Only Way is Essex crowd have been wearing cut-out dresses on the reality show since it started, the cut-out gowns of autumn and winter are an altogether more subtle affair, featuring sheer panelling, rather than just leaving your skin open to the elements. After all, goose bumps aren’t a good look. Valentino’s scalloped dress is perfect, providing coverage at the front to cover the tummy, while leaving the sides sheer.
With so many beautiful styles available from high-end designers and the high street, the only problem is