Best cheap Christmas party dresses that are perfect for the festive season

If you’re looking for a fabulous festive outfit, we’ve got our pick of the best from Boohoo, Missguided, Miss Selfridge, H&M, ASOS, River Island and Topshop.

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What dress will you dazzle in during the festive season?

Christmas is creeping up and there are always plenty of parties and get togethers during the festive period.

If you’re looking for the ideal cheap party dress or some show-stopping outfits, we’ve got our pick of the best and most suitable for the Christmas season to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

From sequins and sparkles to daring necklines and lace, we’ve got plenty to choose from.

Missguided Premium embroidered lace mini dress, £55

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Premium embroidered lace mini dress, £55 from Missguided

This stunning embroidered number from Missguided is perfect for those who want a higher neck, and this dress has a sheer mesh cut out at the waist too. Its golden colour is really versatile so you can pair it with different coloured accessories and the lace detail makes it look much more expensive than it is, £55.

Love Triangle strap neck mini party dress, £35 from ASOS

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Love Triangle strap neck mini party dress, £35 from ASOS

Opt for this eye-catching royal blue mini dress which has a sheer sequin overlay for a pretty party look. This Love Triangle dress has a scallop trim hem and a lace-up back which you can adjust, £35 from ASOS.

Topshop Premium lace maxi dress, £160

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Topshop PETITE Premium lace maxi dress, £160 from Topshop

If you’ve got something important to attend, you might fancy wearing a floor-length number and Topshop’s Premium lace maxi dress could be the ideal style for you, £160. Lace is huge this season and this dress features a slip which sits underneath floor-length sheer lace.

Miss Selfridge ivory eyelet fringe dress, now £41.30

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Ivory eyelet fringe dress, now £41.30 from Miss Selfridge

Sometimes less is more, so if you don’t fancy wearing sequins this season, Miss Selfridge has got a gorgeous bodycon fringe dress you can snap up now for £41.30. Little Black Dresses are a staple but if you want to step outside the box and stand out from the crowd, opt for this little ivory number.

ASOS Night Premium embellished playsuit, £65

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ASOS Night Premium embellished playsuit, £65

Make heads turn with ASOS’ Night Premium embellished playsuit, £65. This stunning piece is adorned with seedbeading and sequin details and has a deep V plunging mesh neckline, and is complete with mesh and embellished long sleeves. The back of the playsuit is also open.

Missguided lace cut out sleeveless bodycon dress, £40

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Lace cut out sleeveless bodycon dress, £40 from Missguided

Christmas is the perfect time to slip on a little red dress and Missguided’s cut out lace style is perfect for parties during the festive period. This number is figure-hugging so it will create a flattering shape and the cut outs adds a sexy element to the high neckline dress, £40.

Boohoo Catrina scallop detail strappy sequin dress, £30

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Catrina scallop detail strappy sequin dress, £30 from Boohoo

Dazzle in this dreamy dress by Boohoo, £30. This style’s bodycon fit will show off your curves while keeping you comfortable. Slip on this spaghetti strap dress, completed with a flattering scallop hemline, and enjoy a night on the town over the Christmas period.

H&M one shoulder jumpsuit, £39.99

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One shoulder jumpsuit, £39.99 from H&M

If you’re not a fan of mini dresses or you fancy opting for something slightly different, H&M has got this gorgeous one shoulder black glittery jumpsuit, £39.99. Let’s face it, the weather is getting colder so there’s nothing wrong with wanting to cover up a little, and this number is classy with an edge. Add a belt at the waist for an extra bit of glam.

River Island nude pink jersey embellished strap maxi dress, £70

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Nude pink jersey embellished strap maxi dress, £70 from River Island

There will be plenty of special occasions for you to find an outfit for so why not choose River Island’s nude pink embellished maxi dress as one of your staple and sophisticated styles? This dress has got a sexy side split and embellished straps which then criss cross at the back so opt for an up-do and show it off this Christmas, £70.

Boohoo Scarlett colour block plunge midi dress, £18

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Scarlett colour block plunge midi dress, £18 from Boohoo

Don’t fancy wearing something over the top for the work’s Christmas do? Boohoo’s got a great statement dress which has a flattering colour block feature, £18. If sequins aren’t your thing this sexy number will still see you making an entrance, it’s a must-have without too much fuss.

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The Art of Evening Dresses UK Style

 

"Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style" bows November 19 at The Met.

NEW YORK — However rarified Countess Jacqueline de Ribes is seen for her singular style, the new exhibition about her at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute proves repeatedly that she is much more than one of the “swans” Truman Capote first wrote about in 1959.

While it might not be immediately apparent to visitors, many of the 60 or so ensembles in “Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style” were first tweaked or DIY-ed by de Ribes herself years ago. Fearless about fashion and color, she has amassed a collection that includes pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Balmain, Bill Blass, Marc Bohan for the House of Dior, Madame Grès (Alix Barton), Valentino Garavani and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Married at the age of 19 to Vicomte Édouard de Ribes, who became the Comte de Ribes when his father died in 1981, de Ribes’ life didn’t exactly lend itself to a career in fashion. But she persevered and, with her husband’s blessing, opened her own design company, which she continued to run until 1995. The pink double-faced silk satin gown from her 1983-84 collection is one of her own creations that will be found in the Anna Wintour Costume Center from Thursday through Feb. 21.

Following the violent events in Paris last week, the Met, Dior’s Sidney Toledano and de Ribes decided to cancel Wednesday’s black-tie dinner that was to celebrate the exhibition’s opening and hold a private viewing that night instead. The Met said de Ribes, who is no longer traveling to New York for the opening, “hopes the exhibition will represent the joy associated with the freedom of creation.”

Having first visited de Ribes in her Right Bank apartment with Andrew Bolton eight years ago, Harold Koda, curator in charge of The Costume Institute, said, “In talking with her, she didn’t want a show about herself. She wanted it to be more about a way of life that is disappearing. If you were in her family’s hôtel particulier you were just kind of immersed in this grandeur — there are these pieces of furniture, these 18th-century prints, there are paintings. But then as we started to work, I thought, even though you see her in all of these situations, she has a very private family life; her children, her husband, the dinner parties with heads of state — none of that is documented. It’s just because they were private. What you see is the public life which led her very seamlessly to becoming a designer.”

Past the opening Richard Avedon portrait, visitors will find several media walls flashing photos of de Ribes, who seems always to be moving and smiling, even in stills. De Ribes started her own fashion line in 1982, breaking with convention from the determinedly more reserved aristocratic life. There she is in photos and videos with pins in her teeth fitting evening dresses uk on models; chatting with friends like Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, Yves Saint Laurent and Oscar de la Renta; at ease with her family, and inevitably dressed impeccably for every occasion. An iron will and commitment to detail even carried over into the planning of the Met exhibition, with de Ribes reminding Koda to align the hem of a two-panel YSL evening dress, or to be sure to show the lining of royal blue YSL Chinese silk pajamas. She also requested black mannequins.

“She hates the idea of being considered ‘a swan.’ She said, ‘You don’t see me working. It was a struggle. It was a constant struggle to express myself through work,’” Koda said. “When she married into the de Ribes family, there was a feeling you could do philanthropy, but it really wasn’t appropriate to be commercial. But by the Eighties, she decided, ‘I just have to do this.’ Her husband said, ‘You do it.’ So she came to New York to raise money for her business. It isn’t just this socialite designer. She wanted to do it so much, she structured the business.”

A childhood photo of de Ribes with her sister wearing rucksack-potato sacks repurposed as hula skirts hints at a design mind yet to blossom. Koda estimated that de Ribes tweaked 80 percent of the designer pieces he reviewed.

Another unforgettable image is of de Ribes in a two-piece suit, waterskiing on one ski and waving energetically with one arm completely overhead. I said to her, “My God, Jacqueline, you’re wearing a turban” and she said, ‘Harold, you know I had no intention of falling in.’”

When she was named to Eleanor Lambert’s Best Dressed List in 1956, de Ribes only had a handful of couture cheap evening dresses — albeit ones by then up-and-coming Garavani — with the rest of her closet containing her own creations. The Met’s show is almost entirely dedicated to eveningwear. Koda explained, “Her feeling is that in the daytime she was working, and all the creativity in clothing doesn’t really happen until the evening, where you have fantasy and more extreme situations like masked balls.”

She also has given most of her clothes until the mid-Sixties to charity, save for the featured Balmain herringbone suit with a matching lynx-trimmed cape, a YSL printed wool coat from 1969-70 (then “radical for couture”) and a reversible Karakul-lined belted leather coat with mink trim designed by Fernanda Sanchez for Revillion in 1973.

In the Eighties, de Ribes liked Norma Kamali’s “sleeping bag” coat so much that she bought it in multiple colors. With similar assertiveness, when Pierre Bergé encouraged her to place a final order before Saint Laurent’s haute couture business was shuttered, de Ribes requested “reeditions” of a favorite 1983 dress in a new color. Gesturing toward a 1962 Guy Laroche gown in double-faced satin with a folded train, Koda said, ‘The story is that after Oleg Cassini saw Jacqueline in it, he copied it for a dress for Jackie Kennedy for a White House dinner.”

Referring to the pale pink driving veil that once belonged to de Ribes’ grandmother that is displayed with a 1969 Saint Laurent short evening dress, Koda said, “There are so many women of style who just have an acute visual memory. That’s something you don’t learn.”

Abundant as the eveningwear is, the finale, a trio of costumes, magnifies de Ribes’ exactitude, such as what she wore to the Bal Oriental hosted by Baron Alexis de Rede in 1969. Hinting at her work as a theatrical artistic director, she repurposed a Guy Laroche fuchsia satin coat with overlay of a white satin Dior ballgown as a bodice and added sable-trimmed sleeves. “I knew everyone would have bare tummies and veils, so I decided to wear fur!” she explained.

Nearing his retirement from The Met, Koda said this swan song is “sort of full circle,” since the first exhibition he ever worked on at the Costume Institute was “The Glory of Russian Costume” with Diana Vreeland. And it was Vreeland whom de Ribes told Koda gave her the confidence to just be herself, and telling her, “You’re so extraordinary.”

Interestingly, Koda first saw de Ribes coming out of the opening night dinner for “the Glory of Russian Costume” en route to the after party, which he had secured a ticket to, by working on the exhibition. “At that particular moment when I first saw her, I thought, ‘This woman is some sort of transcendent fashion person,’ then life goes on….But she’s offered me a window onto a world that really is about ideas, a civilized way of life and etiquette. It’s sad that this kind of component to society seems to be disappearing, because elegance really infuses it all. And elegance is about making other people feel comfortable and this kind of seamless serenity. It’s really about a mode of behavior, a way of acting — that’s gone.”

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15 trendy ways to add spice and drama to your Evening Dresses

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This fall every lady’s wardrobe should gleam with shirts of bright and bold shades from the colour wheel.

With winters approaching, pastels and fawns have become passe. This fall every lady’s wardrobe should gleam with shirts of bright and bold shades from the colour wheel. Long sleeves and short necklines will not only keep you safe from the winter frost but will reflect classic elegance on your attire.

But the key is to carry these evening dresses with solid coloured tights and cigarette pants for fashion of patterned/printed/ embroidered shalwars, pants and palazzos faded a long time ago.

Here are 15 ways to add spice and drama to your fall wardrobe:

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If you have a cheap dress with black as the base colour, you know you can pull it off on ANY occasion! This sinfully smart dress is a chic version of a bohemian print with hues of magenta and red bleeding on the dark base. A pair of crystal studs, a satchel bag and stylish flats will add to the look. The best part is, you can dress it up or dress it down as your heart desires, and it will always look great.

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Bright yellow with a black base is a combination that literally calls for day and night to reconcile in their existence. A different but delicious brew for those who have a penchant for experiments! The evening dress becomes much more fun with large flowing sleeves. It can be worn with plain black tights or solid black cigarette pants. For those who do not wear a dupatta, but don’t want to waste the gorgeous material can ditch the conventional way of donning a dupatta and be innovative by tastefully wrapping it around the head like a scarf and tying it around the nape. This look could give Scarlet Johansson from Girl With A Pearl Earring a run for her money. Spice up the look with a bright floral clutch and plug in some earrings in case you are looking for a little extra attention.

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For those who cannot let go of their summer favourite; fawns, can incorporate the earthen tone in the winter wear by going for a printed fabric with a biscuit brown base. Adding a little lace to the shirt and fawn sandals could make this ensemble the trendiest wear in Pakistan right now. Wear it to work and if you’re heading out in evening for a quick dinner, pair your dress with bold chandelier earrings and an eastern bag to change the look from formal work attire to a sensual evening dress.

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This is one of my ultimate favourites! Bold, contemporary, this look is the perfect amalgamation of modern fashion with eastern tradition. Perfect for a nice winter evening, this Delphi style dress looks hip and perfectly on-point with the Pakistani fashion scene. An A-line coat, paired with rhinestone studs, a bright contrast bag and upbeat sandals will lift the look perfectly.

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You can never go overboard with a busy print in hues of chocolate brown and crimson, especially in fall. This evening dress could be made in so many different styles – long flowing shirt, with a delicate churidaar or a short shirt with cigarette pants – the sky is the limit! Set off the colours by giving yourself a neatly tied up-do and a tinge of nude makeup. Trendy and oriental all at the same time, you can shake up the mix a little and couple it with an ethnic hobo bag, an eastern style pair of brocade flips flops and stone studded red earrings and you have the perfect desi version of lady in red.

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For a casual lunch with friends or shopping with your girls, this is the perfect pick; a paneled knee length shirt with large patterns. The shirt will stand out if worn with white tights, a simple patterned bag, traditional silver earrings and a pair of casual flat sandals.

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A chic and modest block printed dress in navy blue can always be tailored with stand up collar and printed sleeves. The floral embroidery in hues of pink and green is the perfect splash of colour making it an outfit worthy or a nice formal luncheon or a easy dinner with friends. Spruce up your look with dangling Sedona drop earrings, a floral envelope clutch bag and matching pair of flats with a broad adornment sitting atop.

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This silk dupatta is the ultimate must-have this winter! Adorned with a large dramatic rose pattern atop a solid charcoal grey shirt with an equally minimal print, this evening dress has many many looks to offer. This particular one is classic for an evening out at a formal affair. You can even go ahead and add an element of oomph with layered earrings, an eastern tote and sandals or even a pair of nice black heels.

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This light-blue steel coloured dress, primped up with an intricate neckline can be made perfect for an evening wear or a day time meeting. The dupatta adds so much grace to the entire dress. Adding elegant silver pearl earrings, an oriental bag and pair of flat sandals to the mix gives your look a regal, elegant appeal with just the right amount of sizzle.

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We over did turquoise and green this summer but yet we can’t seem to get enough of it especially if it is embroidered on a black evening dress. And there is so much you can do with this dress that offers printed fabric as well as embroidery. Make a formal dress out of it by making a shirt with just the embroidered fabric or add panels with the patterned piece. You can play around with different shades of green when picking a replica handbag and accessories. The best advice is to carry a small bag and wear an elegant pair of heels, and you have a dress perfect for any occasion.

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A mustard dress with motifs in blue, brown and pink is an eccentric pick. This is a peculiar print in bright color and checkered sleeve borders is sure to slice off years from your age making you look much younger. Tie your hair in a side parted bun and the look becomes timeless. A set of fawn earrings, a bright silk clutch and sandals will add just the right amount of drama to the look.

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Floral prints, embroidery and patterns. Thrown everything on a black colored dress and yet it looks suave. You can wear the shirt to your workplace and also turn this formal shirt into a semi-formal dress just by wearing the dupatta. The bizzare mix of colors on the dupatta gives a very traditional aura to the dress. It can be worn to dinner party, an eastern musical night or any of those pre-wedding dholkis of your friends. Take printed brocade bag, wear a bright pair of flat sandals and a set of dangling crystals in your ears and you’re ready to steal the show.

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This cobalt blue dress with a cut close neckline is a very modest choice for office wear. The sleeves with regal print and the floral embroidery on the neckline are the most feminine elements of the cheap dress uk. Add a tribal necklace and earrings and let that headstrong queen in you march in high heels or broached sandals drawing all admiration. The look can be made a little casual with a large tote.

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Black with any shade of red is never a faux pas. This one here with a Marsala coloured base with embroidered sleeves and boat neckline is a perfect semi formal attire. The look can be made more fun with silver hoop earrings, ankle strapped matching sandals in bright red and a black bag with patterned brocade. To show off the embroidery and add an aura of royalty tie your hair up in red-carpet style high pony tail and you would be the belle of the ball!

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This purple dress with hues of magenta and bright embroidery is one of its kind. With an orange piping snaking down the neckline, the wedding dresses has the right amount of dapperness to it. Throw its bright floral dupatta around your shoulders and look your best wearing it with plain solid coloured pants. Adding a set of crystal beautiful tribal earrings and a floral clutch would give the dress the perfect look for an evening with friends.

With all these winter fashion tips put together you can kick off with the dandiest wardrobe and swank among your friends like a fashion diva. For with the right colours and voguing accessories you can be the person of the hour at any given time!

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Get Your Holiday Evening Dresses Horoscope

Our horoscopes say a lot about who we are as individuals, we’re a reflection of our sign and its traits. Our signs can tell us about how we are in relationships, friendships, careers, etc. Well guess what, each sign has its own unique sense of style too. Based off your signs traits, we’ve put together a list of holiday evening dresses we think suit you best, take a look!

Aries

Aries: As an Aries you’re ready to grab the bull by the horns at any given moment. You’re impulsive and quick-tempered, but also adventurous and quick-witted! You’ll try almost anything once. We see you in a fun, bold dress, one that others might be scared to rock!

Taurus

Taurus: Tried and true. You know who you are and what you like. You’re a simple no-fuss person with a complicated soul. You’re not afraid to wear what you want, because it represents who you are and you don’t change for anyone. We see you in a casual earthy dress. Simple, but still uniquely beautiful.

Gemini

Gemini: Unfortunately, members of this sign have come to be known as two-faced, but that’s only because you’re so adaptable. You can take on different personas in different settings. You’re youthful and lively, which is why we see you in a fun, versatile dress. After all, you’ll need a dress that works for every different adventure.

Cancer

Cancer: As a Cancer, you are a great protector with a sympathetic heart. You’re cautious and sometimes overemotional. We see you in a soft, elegant dress, something with lace and detailing.

Leo

Leo: Leo’s are generous and warmhearted with magnetic personalities. You’re the light in the room and the conversation as soon as you walk in. We see you in a bright dress with a bold design, something eye-catching, we know you love being the center of attention.

Virgo

Virgo: Often quiet and moody, but you’re balanced out by your quick sense of humor. You tend to stick to what you know works. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We see you in a more modest design, with a classic color palette.

Libra

Libra: You’re idealistic, diplomatic, charming, and sociable. Basically, people kinda love ya. However, we all have our flaws, and you do tend to be gullible and self-indulgent. We see you in a unique design, one that will bring out your bubbly charm, something bright and flowy like this dress from Mac Duggal!

Scorpio

Scorpio: You’re determined and passionate, and sometimes that passion can turn in to obsession. May we suggest obsessing over a cheap evening dress instead of your ex or your latest problem in life? We see you in something reserved, with beautiful beadwork!

Saggittarius

Sagittarius: You can’t sit still for long and after a while you feel the need to break from routine, which is why we see you in a daring dress with free-flowing material and a bold print or pattern!

Capricorn

Capricorn: You’re a sign much like Taurus and Virgo and favor traditional styles that you know and love. We suggest something with classic design elements like cap-sleeves or a modest neckline.

Aquarius

Aquarius: You’ve got a big imagination and favor anything out-of-the-box or different. We see you in a patterned dress with unique detailing like this dual skirted look from Tarik Ediz.

Pisces

Pisces: Much like Aquarius, your imagination runs wild, you’re a creative person with a sensitive heart. We see you in a dress that’s classic, but has a modern twist. Maybe some brocade fabric or metallics!

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