Sequins; you either love them or you hate them.
And come Christmas party season, they’re out in full force – all multi-faceted, shiny, sparkly pieces of them.
If you’re in the hate camp, finding a party dress without sequins used to be a bit tricky; December is their time to shine after all, metaphorically and literally.
But the high street has finally listened to women who don’t want to revert back to being a 12-year-old at a disco, and thrown up a myrid of luxe, sumptuous options that are far more grown up. Here are the best of the bunch.
If you’re a tactile type, velvet is for you – just be prepared for your co-workers or family members to be stroking you all night.
Black is the obvious colour for velvet but jewel tones work well too, particularly emerald green. It’s a fast track to goddess status.
3 of the best velvet dresses:
If you want the wow factor, a metallic dress should cut it – think bronze, pewter and metallic blues as well as the more traditional gold and silver.
The daring types can even take it one shade further and mix their metals; it is Christmas after all.
3 of the best metallic dresses:
Once the doyenne of doilies, lace is now a go-to for occasion wear and in particular, dresses.
You can keep things classic with a pencil skirt and longer sleeved dress or for a more 2016 look, look for fine, delicate lace or peekaboo detailing on the dress.
3 of the best lace dresses:
Think of jacquard as the lovechild of metallic finishes and prim, stiff fabrics – in other words, a subtle shimmering sweetness that works best on dramatic dresses.
The detail is in the pattern, which can be pared back and pretty or a welcome assault on the senses.
3 of the best jacquard dresses: