November is here, which, as you’ll know if you’ve tried to organise a pre-Christmas gathering with any of your friends recently, means the festive party invites are already dropping through letterboxes and into inboxes. And, with the first proper post-pandemic party season set to be a bumper one, you’re going to need a wardrobe to match.
The one rule for party dressing this season? It is truly time to go big or go home. Leave your demure LBDs and modest midi dresses at home. Going out-out this Christmas requires nothing short of sparkle, feathers, embellishment and enough sequins to outfit the entire cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
With this in mind, allow us to point you in the direction of Harvey Nichols. Its team of expert buyers has done the hard work for you and put together an edit of this season’s finest partywear for all occasions – plus a few accessory suggestions to boot. You’re welcome.
The Christmas party gowns and jumpsuits
Black tie invite sent you into a sartorial spiral? Take a breath – we promise it’s not that difficult. Choose something slinky and shimmering and allow it to do the heavy lifting for you: every single one of these gorgeous options will work with a simple pair of black heels and some killer earrings.
The Christmas party mini dresses
It’s cold outside so turn up the heat in a fresh crop of seductively sparkly mini dresses that simply beg to be taken for a spin on the dance floor. Choose from festive hues of red, green and gold – and don’t be shy about pairing them with sky-high heels and your most dramatic jewellery. After all, as Christmas party favourite Wham! once said, if you’re going to do, do it right.
Party separates and cover-ups
Gowns are great but for supreme versatility separates will always win out. From transformable body suits to embellished tops perfect for pairing with midis, minis or even jeans, Harvey Nichols has a sartorial solution for every invite. Oh, and don’t forget a cosy cover-up for the cab ride home.
Shoes and accessories
The dress may be the main event but no outfit is complete without some great accessories. If there was ever a time to be a little frivolous with your finishing touches, it’s Christmas. Channel your inner child with uber-feminine bows, saccharine shades and all manner of quirky design elements.
Shop the full partywear edit at harveynichols.com