Red party dresses are the perfect way to stand out from the crowd this Christmas. Perhaps not the obvious choice of colour when it comes to a dress for a Christmas party, but red party dresses can also look sophisticated, feminine, chic, festive and very stylish. The perfect choice if you want to look so hot that you sizzle. The LDB (little black dress) has a lot going for it in terms of versatility, but if you really want a party dress with the ‘Wow’ factor, the red party dress or cocktail dress is the answer.
You can pick from a range of different shades of red this season from bright to berry reds. Choose the red that really makes your complexion glow for the hottest party look. Those with dark hair will tend to look best in dark red shades whilst those with blond hair will look amazing in scarlets. Another great tip for choosing your red party dress is to keep it simple, the colour will provide enough of feature and a reason for people to look, there is no need to over complicate things.
Gain inspiration from the red dresses on the catwalk for autumn and winter 2010 which were a refreshing change to neutral colours that are also popular this year. At Richard Nichol there was a softly tailored one shouldered shift dress, the ultimate in elegance. Bottega Veneta also featured red with a skirt just above knee height worn with fishnets, a difficult look to pull off but can look amazing if done right. Alexander McQueen’s collection featured spectacular and elaborate red brocade dresses and an embellished floor length gown.
Here are some of our favourite red dresses.
One Shoulder Red Rose Dress
This one shouldered dress by Rare Fashion is chiffon which is a great way of softening a red dress for a feminine and romantic look. The rose also makes it look extra special for a party.
Lipsy One Shouldered Gathered Dress
This Lipsy dress is seriously hot with its shiny satin and asymmetrical gathered style. It needs an equally hot pair of heels to show it off at its best. A really daring dress and definitely a head turner.
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Lipsy Ruffle Shift Dress
Luxurious and ladylike this Lipsy party dress will work for all sort of occasions this Christmas from a family party to the works Christmas do. You will look amazing and the simple shift dress style is flattering for most body shapes.
Motel Gem Dress
Another simple but stunning dress, this Motel dress has slimming vertical stripes in eye catching beads for a glamorous look. Wear with a simple hair style and slick of red lippy for maximum impact.
Burgundy Velvet Lace Dress
This unusual party dress has a vintage feel about it. It is ideal for those who want to wear red but not in the most obvious way. It is chic and stylish for the boho party girl. The deep shade of red will look amazing with dark hair.
Pleat cocktail dress
This amazing little cocktail dresses oozes old world glamour. Why not trying adding a pair of long gloves for a party outfit that is suitable for even the most formal occasions.
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“Lets get this party started” go the words of the P!Nk song, well Boohoo the young dynamic British online fashion brand taken her advice with the launch its brand new range of party dresses entitled Boohoo Pink just in time for all important Christmas Party season plus all of your autumn and winter parties too. Boohoo Pink not only features some amazing party dresses but also some very desirable coats which are perfect for wearing over you party dress and some beautiful corsets which make a great alternative to a party dress.
Boohoo Pink party dresses are just that little bit special and ideal for such an occasion when you really want to look amazing. The range is made up from elegant high end style mixing luxury and contemporary designs and is an exclusive brand, so you will be unlikely to see anyone else wearing ‘your’ party dress. Contrary to what the name suggests the Boohoo Pink party dresses are not all pink, but there are some beautiful bright and light pink choices combined with party dresses in blue, black, silver and red, they are all incredibly feminine. The collection is packed full of glamorous pieces at very affordable prices.
For autumn and winter the Boohoo Pink collection features luxurious and indulgent clothes, just the sort of thing that every girl should treat themselves to once in a while. The styles are on trend but also have a unique and individual twist that will make you stand out from the crowd. Each of the dresses has its own lavish detailing which includes rosettes, ruffles, beading and pleats and gives it a really opulent feel.
The Boohoo Pink party dresses are mainly in the straight pencil skirt style which is flattering for most body shapes and a glamorous choice for a party dress. There are also a few flared and puffball dress styles for those who like something a little different. They all look amazing when worn with a faux fur coat from the collection to travel there and back in style. The faux fur coats include mink, leopard print, fox, curly fur, raccoon, cheetah, bear and a shaggy fur. There are plenty of choices to keep you warm on a cold winters night.
Annie Boohoo Pink Taffeta Ruched Hem Dress
This kooky dress is a great alternative to the classic LBD or little black dress that almost everyone has in their wardrobe. A flattering colour and a glamorous style combine to make a very desirable party dress that will work for so many occasions. The back has some unusual criss cross detail.
Olivia Boohoo Pink Rosette Prom Dress
This dress is the perfect combination of elegance and femininity. Its classic prom dress style is finished with the ultimate feminine accessory flowers and the colour is pure girly pink. This is definitely a party dress for girls who like to get noticed. The structured shape of this dress is also a great figure fixer.
Jools Boohoo Pink Cheetah Fur Coat
For the ultimate in Hollywood glamour, wrap up warm in this luxurious looking faux fur coat. Faux fur is a huge trend this season and this cheetah fur coat will look amazing with any of the Boohoo Pink party dresses
Helen Boohoo Pink Ruffle Detail Tafetta Pencil Dress
This pretty pink dress has a beautiful sheen to it and a trendy frill design. It is incredibly versatile and could work for parties, weddings, race days and many other special occasions.
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Lipsy As we know are the brand for Party Dresses and that is recognised by the celebs who flock to the store to get the latest look with the likes of American Celebutante Kim Kardashian, and our very own Cheryl Cole and Alexandra Burke who is a self confessed Lipsy-a-holic.
Hot in the Lipsy hit parade this week based upon popularity in store are these stunning party dresses, but the thing about it is that all but one of them are one shoulder dresses.
That suggested that an awful lot of us are loving that asymmetrical look right now, and no the wonder as it’s just a great on trend glamorous look that shows no sign of slowing down.
This wonderful Lipsy One shoulder drape dress has a great Grecian look defined by the layering and draping which is very popular at the moment, match with a pair of gladiators and you’re sorted, we mean gladiator shoes not the hulky Russell Crowe type of Gladiator of course.
This Lipsy Asymmetric Jersey Mini Dress Is also a great look, something quite different than the rest but will get you noticed. An alternative the Little Black Dress this Lipsy Asymmetric Jersey Mini Dress has a forgiving shape for a fuller figure and is also reminiscent of the vintage Halston 1970’s look which is making a great comeback at the moment too.
The next party dress is just a wonderful example of a summer party dress, The Lipsy Chiffon Draped Panel Dress is cool breezy and light, perfect for a balmly evening or perhaps a stuffy hot venue. The dress ties in with a key look at the moment which is draping and could have stepped straight from the catwalk shows of Peter Pilotto whose signature style is draping and considered to be the master of that particular style, none the less the Lipsy Chiffon Draped Panel Dress will be significantly cheaper than one of Pitlotto’s originals.
The Lipsy Beaded Detail One Shoulder Dress is a classic hollywood look with the classic asymmetrical style white draped dress and contrasting waist band. It also featured beaded embellishments on the shoulder to add interest. This party dress is just great for a Wedding or Garden party, ideal with a giant black circular hat and killer heels and a subtle clutch for that Joan Collins look!
Finally we come to a Lipsy classic Lipsy One Shoulder Pleated Dress looks absolutely wonderful and shows off your curves too. Its asymmetrical pleated detail on the front follows the lines of the dress and also ensures your profile is controlled shapely, made even better through the contrast waistband
What’s even better is that Lipsy are offering a 10% off with voucher code AUTUMN10 – valid until 10th September so its an ideal time to take advantage of their generosity girls.
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Retro party clothes are inspired by clothes of the past ranging from the forties to the eighties and are a fun way to dress in a unique and individual way. Although retro party outfits from all of the decades are right on trend at the moment, there is so much choice that you should have no problems in standing out and looking a little different from everyone else. You can also add your own modern twist to give your retro party clothes a completely unique feel.
Pick your decade
Each of the decades has its own character from the pretty practicality of the forties to the more glamorous fifties, the swinging sixties and the flowing relaxed styles of the seventies with a bit of disco diva look to boot. Each of these eras has some fabulous party dress styles which will look amazing this spring.
Forties – Tea Length Dresses
The forties was a time of make do and mend in Britain and dresses were pretty but practical. The skirt lengths were below the knee which is an incredibly flattering and on trend but if you want a slightly more up to date look you can also opt for a tea dress with a slightly shorter skirt length like this Cindy bead neck tea dress by Boohoo. Look for cute and fun prints and team with a brightly coloured cardigan or biker jacket to bring the look right up to date for 2011.
Fifties – Halter Neck Dresses
The fifties were characterised by the Hollywood era when glamour and elegance ruled. Fifties styles of dress are big news this spring and you can choose from a simple floral printed dress with a flared skirt for a more casual party or some full on glamour for a really special occasion. Halterneck dresses with full prom style skirts are perfect for partying in and would even work well for a spring wedding, we love this Halter Belle Prom Dress by Oasis. If you want to really work the look you could even add a pair of ladylike gloves. These dresses need to be worn with heels for maximum effect.
Sixties – Mini Shift Dresses
The styles of the sixties had a simple silhouette which is incredibly simple to wear. You can opt for mini shift dresses with or without sleeves in bold and bright colours and run prints. Party dresses with chiffon overlays are also a great style from the sixties that works particularly well. A Peter Pan collar dresses are also very fashionable at the moment and are great for parties. we love this lace Peter Pan collar dress by Rare Fashions.
Seventies – Maxi Dresses
Decadent maxi dresses of the seventies no only look great but are also really comfortable and easy to wear. They work well for both daytime and evening parties and if you want to really turn up the glamour you can opt for an embellished or one shouldered style. We love this purple frilled maxi dress by Dorothy Perkins.
If you are a little nervous of wearing retro style party dresses then a plain shift dress will look amazing for a special occasion in the spring with this floral hat by Oasis.
If you are a size 16 to 32, it can sometimes be difficult to find stylish and trendy clothes especially party dresses. Not only may there be a limited choice of dresses in your size but it may also be difficult to find just the right style. A great party dress will make you look sensational by flattering your feminine curves and being a great fit so that you can feel relaxed, comfortable and confident.
In order to find the right plus sized dress, you should follow much the same rules with regards to body shape as everyone else. The key to looking good is keeping your body in proportion by disguising the areas that are not in proportion and highlighting those that are. For example if you have a larger stomach, you can hide it by wearing dark colours on your torso and wearing empire line dresses. You should also avoid belts, patterns or fuss around this area. If you have wide hips and thighs you should cover or disguise these areas with darker colours and balance with wide necked tops and pattern and detail on the top half. A line dresses also work really well on plus size ladies with larger hips and thighs. A party is a great opportunity to get dressed up and look gorgeous and with the right choice of dress, you can ensure that you look stunning.
For the past few seasons maxi dresses have been a massive trend and the good news is that maxi dresses were obviously designed with plus sized ladies in mind. The empire line covers up the stomach hips and thighs and the loose fit allows the fabric to skim over curves giving a beautifully smooth and streamlined silhouette. The more fitted top is great for showing off a clevage and adds to the feminine charm of these dresses.
If you want to go for the ultimate in elegance, a black maxi party dress is not only very slimming but also classic and versatile. This jersey maxi dress is really comfortable and the spring details on the straps give it a definite feeling of Greek Goddess.
For those that love bright colours this orange jewelled detail maxi dressis just what you need for garden parties, weddings and barbecues. Team with an oversized clutch, wedge sandals and some chunky beads for a very stylish take on the boho trend.
Dark hair colours and skin tones will look stunning in this leaf print maxi dress. The strapless top looks incredibly glamorous making it suitable for all sorts of summer parties. It would look great with brightly coloured shoes or sandals for example green, red or orange. This is the sort of dress that will grab the attention of everyone in the room.
Adding a little sparkle is great way to get into the party mood. This gold embellished maxi dress is both flattering and on trend, Accessorise with gold strappy sandals and clutch for a great summer party dress.
Plus sized ladies can really carry of bold and bright prints. This multi print maxi dress for the fuller figure is the ideal way to stand out from the crowd when you go to a party this summer. Accessorise with bright and bold accessories to complete the look.
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Kimberly Wyatt is a singer, song writer, dancer, model, actress and choreographer who is best known for part in the former American pop and dance group, Pussycat Dolls. Kimberly is now proving that there is definitely life after the Pussycat Dolls. Kimberly left the chart topping girl band earlier this year to pursue her own solo career. Not only is she now one of the judges on hot TV programme ‘Got to Dance’, but she is also finding just a little bit of time to get out there and party herself. Not surprisingly, Kimberly is one of a long line of celebrities who choose to wear Lipsy party dresses when she wants to look stunning for a night out. Lipsy London is a label which is perfect for the party girl with attitude. The dresses range from body con to frilly and romantic designs but all of them are designed to get you noticed for the right reasons.
In the past Kimberly’s style has been described as a little risque with her clothing very much associated with the Pussycat dolls including corsets and PVC leggings. She is now getting the chance to explore and develop the more feminine side to her style bit still with a bit of attitude. She likes to mix up her outfits with clothes from British Designers like Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen and pieces from the high street. Kimberly Wyatt is also the face of the brand Lipsy watch collection, a range of watches mix of quilted, cuff and chain styles with embellishment which will be the ideal accessory for a Lipsy party dress.
The nude and pink tones of Lipsy party dresses look perfect with Kimberly’s colouring but Lipsy also has a wide range of Lipsy party dresses in different colours to suit everyone. Kimberly favours the soft lines and textures of the more romatic and frilled or chiffon dresses which look great when contrasted with some tougher looking black accessories.
Kimberly was pictured (first picture above) after a night out at the studio Valbonne in London. She wore the Lipsy Grecian drape dress with a cropped leather jacket, silver clutch and chunky bangles for a look that screams rock n roll party girl. The dress has an elaborate design with a halterneck, fitted bodice and tulip skirt decorated with elegantly draped pieces of fabric. Grecian style draped dresses are huge news at the moment and Kimberly’s choice was the perfect choice for a night out. Her long quiffed hair is the perfect finishing touch for a polished but funky look.
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Grecian Draped Dress
Kimberly has also been pictured wearing the Lipsy chiffon tiered dress another great party dress. The dress is romantic and girly and perfect for those who love a little bit of whimsical style. With a delicate strapless chiffon pleated bustier top, a fitted satin waistband and tiered ruffle skirt with contrast chiffon draping, this dress works the seasons trend for romantic ruffles and frills to the maximum. Kimberly wears her dress without any accessories which makes a great look as this dress has so much to look at already.
Chiffon tiered bandeau dress
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A leopard print dress certainly says something about you. It says that you are right on trend and ready to party but also a bit of an animal. A leopard print dress needs to be worn with attitude. It is not for the shy and retiring types but for the girls who know what they want and that is a good time. With animal prints being such a huge trend this winter, the leopard print dress is the ultimate Christmas party dress of the season.
Animal prints particularly leopard prints do have a bit of a reputation though and you need to pick your style carefully to ensure that you look more ‘Pixie Lott’ than ‘Pat Butcher’. Consider the colour, size and boldness of the leopard print and how it will work with your colouring, size and shape.
Rare Fashion Leopard Panel Dress
For example if you are petite, then look for a small scale leopard print.
Motel Janine Dress
If you larger hips then perhaps opt for a shift dress with a black skirt and leopard print top.
Lipsy One Shouldered Gathered Party Dress
The one shouldered or asymmetrical leopard print dress is also a really fashionable look this year. Also combinations of leopard print with other animal prints is a great look that will work for most people.
You can also try combining you leopard print dress with another key trend of the season. A really up to date style or shape of shift dress will keep the look really fresh.
Paprika Leopard Lace Dress at Rare Fashion
If you love this seasons lace dress why not go for a leopard lace dress combination.
Rare Fashion Leopard Print Sequin Bandeau
If your average leopard print is just not glamorous for you then why not add sequins as well.
Olivia V Neck Maxi Dress
For those that don’t like body con and mini dresses, you can find some great leopard priny maxi dresses online. With a fitted bodice to show off you upper body and a long looser fitting skirt to skim over the tummy, hips and thighs, this is the perfect choice for those who are a little self conscious about their body. It also great for those who want to rock the leopard print dress in a slightly more grown up and sophisticated way.
A final word on leopard print dresses. They are a huge style statment in their own right and generally don’t need anything to compete with them in the way of accessories. Wearing your leopard print dress with neutral coloured shoes and accessories are very this season but you might also be able to get away with one really bright and bold accessory. Red works really well with leopard print.
At Dolce and Gabbana, leopard prints were combined with polka dots for a bold and unusal look. You could try adding a polka dot accessory for a brave but on trend look. Low key and understated jewellery is the way to go or even go without jewellery altogether.
So you have picked out some party clothes for Christmas perhaps an on trend leopard dress, sequin dress or black lace dress, but with the weather now turning so cold you might need to think about a cover up to give you that little extra warmth for your Christmas party or night out. Finding a party cover up can be a little challenging as often none of your usual or daytime cover ups will not be suitable. You will want something a little bit glamorous that will compliment your beautiful dress but not overshadow it. Of course if you have opted for a simple party dress, you could pick a cover up that makes a statement. A Christmas party cover up is also ideal for covering your shoulders at the beginning of the night or whilst eating your meal and can then be taken off later for dancing.
For a dress that makes a real statement like a sequin or leopard print dress, a simple cover up will usually work the best. Short cropped jackets, cardigans, boleros and shrugs all make great party cover ups. A long coat of jacket will cover up too much of your dress. Wraps and capes are also a very stylish addition to most party clothes including trousers and a top.
Grey Faux Fur Cape
If you have opted for the seasons fifties style lace dress with a flared skirt and want to continue with the vintage theme, why not add a faux fur cape. Not only does it look very glamorous but it is also really warm. A contrasting colour will usually look best to show your faux fur cape off, perhaps a grey, brown or cream colour with a black dress.
Black Beaded Cape
If you have a black dress and prefer all black party clothes then you could add some interest and sparkle to your outfit with a black beaded cape. The sparkle will draw the eyes up towards your face so be sure to put on some sparkly party make up to complete your look.
Simple Black Bolero
If you have chosen an elaborate party dress like a sequin dress or animal print dress, you will probably want a fairly simple cover up to balance the look and keep it stylish. This 3/4 sleeve style of bolero looks really classic and has the added benefit of having sleeves for some extra warmth.
For a smart tailored or shift dress, a structured jacket will look great. We love this lace jacket which could work great for daytime parties or even perhaps a work Christmas lunch as well as evening events.
Taffeta Cover Up
For a formal evening occasion or to wear with a formal evening dress, a taffeta cover up is suitably formal but also quite simple so as not to detract from the dress. This cover up is both cropped and open allowing the evening dress to hang freely.
What ever party cover up you choose to wear, try and balance the overall look of your party clothes and accessories so that you have just the right amount of sparkle and glamour and most important of all remember to enjoy yourself.
Fashion trends come and go and then return again at some time in the future. The body con trend is proving to be surprisingly popular at present and is supported by some of the big hitting names in fashion such as Karl Lagerfield, Versace and Alexander McQueen. â€˜Body conâ€™ stands for â€˜body consciousâ€™ and is epitomized by styling that emphasizes curves and tight fitting dresses and waistlines.
The great surprise about body con trend is that it seems strangely familiar in that if you look back to the classic film stars right through to the present day, you will see the shapes and figure hugging dresses that body con represents. Take Kate Winslett at the Oscars as a modern day example. She does not fit the stereotypical â€˜skinny waifâ€™ look by any stretch of the imagination and has shown off body con dresses to perfection with her fuller figure and stage presence as she glides along the red carpet in front of the worldâ€™s television cameras.
It will be interesting to see how the body con style continues to evolve as there is something timeless about the glamour that these dresses represent, being ideal for special occasions and those times when you want to show off your curves which are sculpted and defined by the cut of the body con dress.