11 Party dress styles you must try

Taryn Davies
Published: December 1, 2016

Still in search of that perfect party frock? Here we share 11 party dress styles to try with everything you could possibly need, covered below.

These statement and minimal designs are sure to provide you with plenty of party style inspiration and if a dress really isn’t your style, check out of must have party pieces that every wardrobe needs instead.

Little Black Dress

It’s the most trustworthy piece in your wardrobe because it’s so flattering and works for a number of occasions.

Wear it a little less dressy with black tights and heeled ankle boots, or amp up the sex factor with over the knee boots, or just liven up your LBD with a pair of red or leopard print heels.

We all know how forgiving black can be, so it’s perfect for the time of year when there’s plenty of indulgences to be tempting us.

Sequinned dress

You really can’t go wrong with a sequinned dress at Christmas time, it’s the only time of year people usually wear them.

There are dramatic sequin maxi dresses, a fun and flirty sequin cami dress or a figure-fitting sequin bodycon dress. No matter which style you choose, you can guarantee you’ll be the belle of the ball and standout on the dance floor all night long.

Remember to keep accessories to a minimum with this look; you want it to be all about the dress.


If sequins aren’t really your thing, then embellished is the perfect alternative. Gorgeous beading and intricate patterns make sure this is a head-turning look. Like sequinned dresses you want all focus to be on the dress itself, so keep accessories to a minimum and let this piece do all of the talking.

Needle & Thread have some of the most beautifully embellished dresses that are perfect for the party season.

Red dress

There’s nothing quite as seasonal as a red dress for a Christmas party, what’s more, red pretty much suits every skin tone. Whether you choose strapless, backless, sequined or simple, the red dress is something you’ll come back to year after year.

Backless dress

Backless dresses are favoured for a sexual allure, without having to bare your chest. It’s a subtle way to do sexy and we love the backless dress styles. The style of dresses first appeared in the 1920s and in the 1930s, backless dresses became associated with the sun-tanning fashions of the time. The backless dress was a way of showing off a tan. The backless dress is a simple, yet extremely effective look in the style stakes.

Full length

Floor-length dresses promise A-list glamour that’s perfect for more formal occasions. Add a hint of sexiness to your style with thigh-high slits that flash a hint of leg as you walk.

Sheer dress

It’s hard to deny the sheer dress trend that’s loved by celebrities on the red carpet, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and more have worn the looks time and time again, and whilst we might not have Zuhair Murad, Richardo Tisci or an Atelier Versace design to wear the sheer dress trend has transpired on the high street. Sheer inserts and details have cropped up everywhere. Do you dare to bare with this look?

Slip dress

The slip dress is one of the most sensual styles, bar none for the party season.

Silk and satin designs are preferred to ramp up the ultra-feminine and delicate nature. But bold prints will hide lumps and bumps, but this style of dress should be kept loose and flowing, skin-tight designs will just look like you’ve rolled out of bed.

Wrap dress

Diane Von Furstenberg cemented the need for the wrap dress in the seventies when she arrived in New York armed with a suitcase full of her iconic jersey wrap dresses. The figure-hugging and timelessly flattering wrap dress was a cult item.

This style of dress nips you in at all the right places and skims over the parts we’d like to disguise, it truly is ultra flattering, so it’s perfect for when you’ve been indulging in too many mince pies in the lead up to Christmas.

Blazer dress

Channel this season’s must-have eighties trend with a blazer dress, we’re talking sharp shoulders and a streamlined silhouette. Topshop has some gorgeous designs on offer, pair them with strappy heels and a statement box clutch.

The low cut dress

If you really want to ramp up the sexiness of your outfit a plunging neckline is just the thing. Just remember it should always be just boobs or legs and never both. So if you do choose a plunging, low-cut dress, keep the dress at least a mid-length style to balance out the look. Oh, and boob tape will, of course, be another must-have when wearing this style.