Dresses for the party season – what’s ‘in’ this year?

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I know for many it’s too early for the C word (not that one!) but makers have got to plan ahead, so let’s just accept that we need a little more time than everyone else to design and create the perfect Christmas season and New Year party dresses.

This year the trends are all about fitted yet structured silhouettes in luxe fabrics. Colours are dark and deep or pure sparkles. It’s actually a really strong year for dresses on the high street and I’m pretty damn excited!!

I’ve been scouring the shops and picking out my favourite dresses for the party season. Most of these are eye-wateringly expensive but isn’t the beauty of sewing your own wardrobe the ability to make almost anything you want without being restricted to what you can afford? So why mimic the run of the mill when we can take inspiration from the best out there?

Let’s go!

First we have a sumptuous deep blue velvet midi dress from Ted Baker with a high neck and pleated skirt. Velvet is still a big hit for winter party dresses, and the pleats and gathers here really work with the velvet to give it all those folds and angles to turn into a velvety black hole. I love this!

Next up is this stunning structured shoulder LBD from Missguided, a shop that I usually find more trashy than fabulous but this is a real beaut! The flared sleeves are bang on trend and the ruched skirt is forgiving over lumps and bumps. The beauty of a black dress is how much fun and creativity you can have with the details and structure – adding in elements that would be lost in a busy print or bright colour.

This is another velvet stunner from Whistles, in a very formal, elegant cut. I’m not convinced on the back cut out but the side split hem adds a fun element and those kimono sleeves are to die for. A perfect modest option that’s still incredibly flattering. One thing I’ve noticed about this year’s party trend is the lack of big skirts! There’s a lot of shift, bodycon and pencil skirts instead. I saw this trend starting last year but it’s really taking over for 2017.

I couldn’t write a party dress article without featuring something red, so here’s a lovely red dress with another two big trends for this year – one shoulder dresses, and interesting sleeves. Not a forgiving silhouette for anyone with a little tummy, but a beautifully designed dress by Christopher Kane.

Keeping it nice and simple, this Wallis dress would be really easy to replicate – I’ve seen a lot of patterns in the last year for dresses with the asymmetric side ruching detail. Just find a glitzy fabric and you could whip up something as lovely as this in just a short time.

Finally, a bit OTT perhaps but I just love this sequined dress by Emilia Wickstead. I mean – the sequins, the colour, the high, darted neckline, the princess seamed full-length body with double ended darts, the adorable puff sleeves, and the back cut-out is tasteful which makes a nice change! I know I would feel so glamorous wearing this dress. Whether I have the patience to SEW something with so many details in sequined fabric is another matter, but it’s certainly got me dreaming of fabulous nights in fabulous dresses!

Have you planned your party dresses this year, or maybe you’ve already started making one? Post your sketches/inspiration/progress in the comments.

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