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These Dresses Are 100% Shine, 0% Tacky

Toss that sequinned bandage dress into the far corners of your mind. Cut-outs, puff sleeves, wrap robes and uneven hems – THIS is how you make an entrance.
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Whether you’re ready for it or not, the holiday season and all its parties are a-coming. That one time of the year – well, technically spread over two months – where our inner magpies fly free to be drawn to anything and everything that will kill it on KiraKira+. (Please, do yourself a favour and download it immediately if you haven’t. We guarantee that you’ll be using at more than three points in the next few weeks.)

The item of paramount importance that everyone should at least have one of is the party dress. Oh, the party dress. It’ll put you in the mood. It’ll distract everyone from all the mince pies, roast and mash potatoes you’re piling onto your place. It’ll make you one with the party dresses.

Because of the great purpose the party dress serves, you cannot just settle for just anything that shines. Start with your tolerance level: do you want subtle shine or just full-on blinding? Beaded embroidery, lurex and metallic fringe are milder options that will still catch the light. If homegirl is all about going big or going home, go for sequins, rhinestones and lamé in gold or silver. Think Diana Ross, Anjelica Huston at Studio 54 and Cher at basically everything.

May we also suggest the wrap dress? If you know you’re going to go a little out of control at the buffet table, wrap and robe dresses – Attico has so many, but we’re very into Wanda Nylon and Rachel Zoe – will conceal your food baby. No need to suck in, no need to worry. See some of our favourite party dresses below, or go for shiny separates that are the perfect tools for taking shine into your daytime looks.


Cushnie et Ochs Piper Beaded Cotton-mesh Midi Dress


Rachel Zoe Delilah Metallic Fringed Midi Skirt


Magda Butrym Blackpool Cold-shoulder Sequined Knitted Midi Dress


Emilia Wickstead Roma Open-back Sequin Dress


Attico Dara Sequin-embellished wrap dress


Gucci Pleated Lamé Midi Skirt


By. Bonnie Young Sequin-embellished Tie-neck Silk-Chiffon Gown


Jill Sander Silk-blend Lurex Midi Skirt


Alessandra Rich Open-back Sequined Georgette Gown


Wanda Nylon Silk-blend Lamé Wrap Dress


Attico Suzanne Embellished Satin Midi Dress


Saint Laurent Deep V-neck Velvet-lamé Gown


Christopher Kane Floral and Sequin-embellished Silk-organza Dress


Attico Grace Sequin-embellished Wrap Dress


Rachel Zoe Esmeralda Embellished Silk-chiffon Gown


MSGM Striped Sequined Tulle Top


Emilia Wickstead Striped Metallic Ribbed-knit Midi Dress


Ashish Checked Sequin-embellished Cotton Coat

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