Party dresses shouldn't be a stress to buy. Find them far enough in advance and it should actually be fun.
Sequins and sparkle (along with that John Lewis Christmas ad) are getting us in the festive mood. Don't be put off, thinking they don't suit your body shape, as there's styles to suit everyone, from loose-fitting mini dresses to floor-sweeping maxis - and they'd all make the perfect Christmas party dress.
If you want an altogether simpler party look this winter, there's LBDs, prom dress and A-line silhouttes, jacquard prints and the usual fun prints, as well as the fun AW14 textures.
Our favourite, now the weather's getting colder, has got to be the faux fur-trimmed beauties. Super-fun and seriously glamorous, they nod toward this season's hottest trend and are best worn with a hint of irony - our favourite - and strappy sandals.
Don't worry if you're on a budget on the run up to Christmas (who isn't?), we've got a whole range of price tags from the bargain styles to investment buys you'll be wearing to parties for years.
So, if you've got a party coming up - whether it's a birthday or that annual Christmas bash, check out our pick of the best dresses for one to suit you...