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Party season prep: 7 festive dresses you need in your wardrobe

Belfast fashion blogger Carolyn Henderson shares her favourite party dresses on the high street right now

By Carolyn Henderson

I was going to add the big ‘C’ word to the title of this article, but I thought it might cause serious offence, so I chose to exclude it.

Instead I’ll wait until after Halloween, before I even dare mention Christmas in my headlnes. Although considering that the shops are now adorned with festive decorations and homewares, it doesn’t feel too premature or outrageous to give a little nod to the upcoming season of joy and goodwill.

I’ve decided that this is the year that I get my affairs in order early - very early. I want all my shopping complete by the beginning of December, so I can enjoy the season without feeling stressed and strained. I can decorate my tree and home that first weekend of the month then sit back, relax and enjoy a Baileys or two.

Of course, the Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without dinners and parties to attend. Between work colleagues, family and friends, that’s a lot of nights out and occasions to dress up for. Following my vow to get organised super early, I have already sorted my outfit for my work night out and I have never been more excited to give it it’s very first outing.

John Zack Bronze Sequin Dress £75, Dress Connection

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I honestly have never felt more glam in my life than I do when wearing this dress. It makes me feel like a Bond girl with its super sexy silhouette. I love the shape, the sequin sparkle and the fabric also has a little bit of give in it, which means it’s perfect for wearing to a Christmas dinner!

This is such a beautiful dress and I know that I will feel a million dollars when wearing this out over the festive season. The Dress Connection boutique is located in Omagh, so if you’re passing by make sure to pop in and check out their collections. They have a range of dresses and outfits that are made for special occasions.

I’ve also picked out a few other beauties that would be perfect for dancing the night away. All very glam and very affordable.

TFNC gold sequin dress £85, ASOS

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I love a good high neck. I don’t know why, but I instantly feel very classy, mature and sophisticated when wearing a high neck top or dress. Combine it with sequins and I’m all over it.

TFNC matte gold wrap dress £65, ASOS

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Continuing the gold sequin theme, this is a great piece for all shapes and sizes. I like that it harkens back to the 70s disco era with its sequin embellishment and wrap style. Accessory-wise, I personally would keep it minimal to keep all attention on the dress, but then again, if you can’t go OTT at Christmas, then when can you?

Lavish Alice Tuxedo Dress £85, ASOS

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Tuxedo dresses are amazing. They combine power dressing with a sexy edge. I have a number of tuxedo dresses in my wardrobe and they are the most forgiving pieces that I own as they make you feel fab even if you’re feeling less than fabulous about your body. The cape gives it extra impact and the colour is a stunning winter shade.

TFNC Velvet Midi Dress £48, ASOS

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Continuing the evergreen colour theme, this dress is for those who love the vintage screen siren look of old Hollywood. Velvet and sequins are the quintessential fabrics of party season, so I always find that at this time of the year, my wardrobe becomes overflowing with these fabrics and pieces.

ASOS Embellished Tux Jumpsuit £75

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A great choice for those who don’t want to commit to a head to toe sequin look, but still want a bit of glitz and sparkle. The plunging neckline shows off just the right amount of skin and the vertical beaded stripes make it super flattering.

Missguided Kimono Jumpsuit £25

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If you want more colour from your Christmas party outfit, then this should be your go-to. Red screams festive and I love the little flared detail in the legs and arms. Another 70s inspired look that would be perfect for dinner, drinks and the dancefloor.

For more fashion tips, you can follow Carolyn on Facebook and Instagram and check out her blog Forever Scarlet.

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