Top 10 Christmas Dresses

Style Theory: A dress, your partywear in one garment. Add a pair of animal print heels and a faux fur and you are ready to party..simple and effective!

Here are my top 10 Party dresses available on the high street now. I have chosen ones that are not too sparkly, I like to wear sequin embellishment on casual clothes (sweaters, shirts etc) and like to use accessories to add sparkle to a Christmas dress....however, no doubt as it gets nearer and nearer to Christmas my need for over the top sparkly dresses will grow and more will be are my favourite dresses so far....
Oasis Leila Lace Dress £85
I would pair this dress with some leopard print heels and a sparkly or black Chanel-esque quilted clutch. A black drapey, long trench would look spectacular over this dress.
Asos Black Scuba Dress £95
Scuba fabric is all forgiving, the peplum hem will be really flattering on your legs. I love the deep plum colour, I would pair with black opaques and black heeled courts for an extra leg-lengthening look.
Me & Em Pleat Front Swing Dress in Deep Peacock £148 (fur snood separate)

A heavy fabric that hangs beautifully. This dress can be easily worn casually or dressed up with a sparkly, statement necklace and heels.
Whistles In Smoke Dress £195

A beautiful, floaty midi dress, this again I would wear in the winter with opaques and black heels and in the summer with bare legs and strappy gold sandals, beautiful for year round wear.
Topshop Brocade Paisley Shift Dress £65
Not everyone's cup of tea but I really like the 60s vibe going on with this dress, it is a great layering piece and would look cool for a Christmas lunch with a fine black polo neck underneath, black opaque tight and some flat, black, pointed shoes. Or add grey ribbed tights and silver shoes for a cool, quirky look.
Zara Studio Dress £69.99
A beautiful, whimsical dress, perfect sheer coverage on the arms, I haven't seen it in store so not sure of the length and whether it would be a little too short, but with opaques you can definitely get away with taking hemlines up a little. 
Zara Cape Sleeve Dress £45.99
I was looking for a cape dress everywhere last year and here we have one at a reasonable price. Simple and chic, just add extra sparkly shoes and clutch.
Comptoir des Cotonniers £170
A sweater and sparkly skirt combination in a dress..perfect! 
& Other Stories £79
These structured dresses are always flattering, pick one of the colours in the print to match to an oversize slouchy, suede/leather clutch to (bright pink or electric blue would look striking)
Miss Selfridges Black and Lace £55
Very elegant, lace and a hint of sparkle and accessories necessary for this dress...

Over the last few days, a trip down to Winchester with my very best friends for champagne, mulled wine and Christmas Markets...
Coat: M&S
Gilet: Primark
Scarf: Becksondergaard
Jeans: Topshop
Trainers: Adidas Stan Smith
 For a dinner out with summer maxi dress layered with a jumper over the top and worn with my knee high tan boots
Dress: Topshop
Jumper: Topshop
Bag: H&M
Boots: Russell and Bromley 

This week so far has not been a roaring success I am currently in with the little one on the third day of two ear infections and super high temperature...still the good news is he still wants to play every minute of the day (arghhhh) far this morning we have completed a 150 pce puzzle, built 20 different combinations of a marble run, built three lego sets, plus a train track whilst watching Planes...ahh the joys! Starting to panic about the very smart Christmas do I have next week, three days in eating mini mince pies and a family selection of Waitrose Christmas biscuits is not helping my ever-expanding waistline..still there is always spanx!

I would to hear your thoughts on your perfect Christmas dress, are you a low key or spangly kind of girl? 
Next time perfect Christmas jumpsuits and separates..
Frances x


  1. I love the sweater and sparkly skirt combo. We don't have a posh 'do' this year and I have a couple of nice dresses (both burgundy) that I can wear in case of emergency so I haven't really looked too much. I adore your outfits, particularly the maxi skirt. Hope you find something suitable Fran x

    1. I do love a burgundy dress, emergency dresses are always the ones that fit and look the best I have two black ones! Xx

  2. Love, love, love the first Oasis lace stunning! I would love somewhere super glam to wear it!! You look gorgeous in your maxi dress Frances, what I great idea to double it up as a skirt! xx

    1. Thanks Michelle, and yes that Oasis dress is gorge I love the high neck x

  3. I too adore the first dress! Would buy it if it were not for the fact that I have already got my Christmas dress sorted for this year :(
    Hope your little one gets better soon
    Heidi x

    1. Ooooo what have you bought, where did you get your dress from? Xxx

    2. My sister is an Avon rep so I ended up buying the gold dress in their catalogue!
      Looking forward to seeing your choice :)
      Heidi x

  4. Tempted by the & Other Stories one. Like the idea that the print is the northern lights. (I've been reading the Children of the Northern Lights to my kids and am wondering if I can use that as a sign/excuse to splurge on the dress.) You've got me thinking about maxi's too. Your one looks great!

    1. Ha, completely love that theory, the kind of thing I come up with to justify buys, on this occasion I think it makes perfect sense...dresses and books should always match ;-) !!!

  5. I adore the first Oasis dress, beautiful! I've got a gunmetal grey sequinned shift dress for my main Xmas do - it's totally out of my comfort zone but I loved it on first sight!! X

  6. It sounds stunning, I am sure you will look totally gorgeous in it! Xxx

  7. I have to say this is a fab selection of dresses and I honestly like them all in a diff way! Love the Asos one and oasis! I have a wedding on the 20th December and with my expanding bump I'm hoping I can still look even slightly stylish! Have my eye on a few. Purchased one but still not's so hard! Will still have to incorporate a bit of sparkle! Loved ur outfit for the Chridtmas markets! Very cool! Karla xx

  8. Oooh, I absolutely adore the sweater and sequin skirt combo dress. That is such a classic look. You look fab in both outfits - the jumper over the maxi is a really clever idea x

  9. I personally love the oasis lace dress, but I can totally see you in the 60's topshop dress. Some great picks, hope your little boy gets better, we too have had the super high temperature virus Monday & Tuesday..., not nice. Starting to panic about my expanding waistline ..... Need to get on the scales and scare myself to starve! X