Little Red Dresses

Little Red Dresses

Every lady has a trusty LBD – a little black dress that you can always count on when facing a what-to-wear dilemma. But during the festive season it’s all about the little red dress – red is the most Christmassy colour, so always a popular choice for Christmas functions. I’ve rounded up some of my favourites available now for every budget. In terms of accessories for red dresses, I would say gold is the best choice, or a matching red for evening looks. Some red tones also match well with burgundy accessories. I think black accessories can look a bit harsh for evening looks with sleeveless red dresses, but if the dress is sleeved and you wear black opaque tights, it does look more balanced.


Starting with budget LRDs, one of my favourites is this new red dress from M&S. I love the subtle animal jacquard print and the ruched shoulders – I sense this one will be popular for office Christmas parties.




I really like this simple tunic dress from HM – I love the pretty lacy sleeve detail.


A slinky little number from Zara. You might need a faux fur, or extra egg nog, to keep warm if you wear this out in December! Love the rich jewel red and fringed belt.


Pussy bows are one of my favourite style features in tops and dresses – it’s the Lady Di/Maggie Thatcher in me! Tall ladies can get away with working this pussy bow maxi – a stylish, longer little red dress from Warehouse.



A new number from Cefinn just in time for the festive season and a great choice as a wearable desk-to-dinner festive frock for mid-week Christmas parties.


I’ve been all over burgundy velvet on my Insta page, so this poinsettia velvet dress from Boden will make you stand out from the crowd more than my usual mellow merlot options 🙂


A pretty lacy floral embellished dress from Needle and Thread.

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I like throw-on tunic styles – great to hide any over-indulging on canapes! This maroon red tunic dress from Ted Baker has pretty embellishment at the wrists.

ted baker

Another great classic day-to-eve little red dress from Jaeger.



If you have a bit of extra cash to flash for your Christmas frock, this is one of my favourite LRDs from Nanushka. The “Ezra” wrap dress is made of a gorgeous claret red silky satin.


I really love this Grecian style pleated metallic silk dress from Maria Lucia Hohan – like a stylish Christmas sweet wrapper! One-shoulder dresses are always a winner with me too, so this would be my top pick for a special Christmas party dress.



I love the sharp shoulders and ruffled sleeves on this mini from Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen

If there’s one red dress on my lust list, it’s this one from Antonio Beradi – I love the clean lines and contrasting textures of wool-crepe, cady and satin – classic and glamorous. What more do you want from a little red dress?!

Antonio Beradi 

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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