Christmas Party Dresses 

As Christmas falls in the midst of bleak midwinter, you may find the prospect of wearing short party dresses a little uninviting. Sparkly sandals may look pretty, but they only really look good on bare legs – tight-seamed toes are a fashion no-no – so if you are wearing a short dress, The Lady’s Maid advises going for dressy court shoes so that you don’t freeze as you tip-toe around the party circuit this festive season. As a dress code, cocktail dresses are traditionally short in length (mini to knee length). Christmas is a great time to go for rich jewel shades – think sapphire blue, emerald green and burgundy red – or metallic silver/gold sequinned numbers. Here are the Lady’s Maid’s top picks for party dresses on the high street:


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Ted Baker embellished pleated dress, £249; Adrianna Papell embroidered crepe shift dress, £230; Whistles Aria star embroidered dress, £185; L.K. Bennett Matilde black/gold courts, £150; Coast black/gold clutch, £45; Karen Millen satin stilettos, £45



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Warehouse navy velvet tieback dress, £36.80; TopShop royal blue fringe beaded dress, £150; Ted Baker Jeanne Stardust flute sleeve dress, £199; blue satin clutch – Bottega Veneta; L.K. Bennett blue metallic court shoes, £129-£195



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Whistles green satin pleated scrappy dress, £169; Adrianna Papell sequin shift dress with flared cuff, £142.50; L.K. Bennett Kara evergreen velvet dress. £295KG by Kurt Geiger Silver Stiletto Court Shoes, £79.20-£99Dune Everlina Clutch Bag, Silver, £112; Ted Baker Tie the Knot Azeline Bow Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Silver, £126



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Principles by Ben de Lisi – Gold sequin knee length shift dress, £63.20; L.K. Bennett Jazz Sequin Dress, Silver, £175; Dune silver clutch, £48-£52Steve Madden Daisie Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Pewter, £68Steve Madden Daisie Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Rose Gold, £68L.K. Bennett Flora Clutch Bag, Soft Gold, £157


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Reiss, Zaira wrap neck cocktail dress, crimson, £195Dune Eterrnal Clutch Bag, Gold, £52L.K. Bennett Fern Pointed Toe Leather Court Shoes, Gold, £129-£195


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Fenn Wright Manson Elaoise Dress, Wine, £199L.K. Bennett Nina Suede Box Clutch Bag, Poppy, £195L.K. Bennett Floret Pointed Court Shoes, Poppy Suede, £175



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Lace and Beads Low Back Short Dress, Burgundy, £100Reiss Rana Halterneck Dress, Wine, £180Boden Carrie Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Burgundy, £68.60-£88.20Ted Baker Cena Bow Evening Clutch Bag, Oxblood, £109

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