We all know the feeling, the invitation’s come in and now all you can think about is what you’re going to wear! There are so many options. Do you go smart-casual (effortlessly cool) or evening attire (all out glamour)? Read this guide to the five different types of party dresses and next time you can’t decide what to wear, you’ll have a better idea of the options:
When the occasions not too formal, but you still need a sophisticated and expensive look, try a prom dress. These mini or midi length designs have a fun full skirt reminiscent of American prom dresses (hence the name) and often feature elegant embellishment. The prom dress commonly comes with a strapless or spaghetti strap shoulder, though an asymmetric one-shoulder is another nice option. Alongside the traditional full prom skirt, a dip-hem skirt can work well on a prom dress design, ideal for girly girls who want a really soft and feminine look.
Great for: weddings, birthday dos, school/college events.
For a formal event, a midi dress is a smart yet feminine option. Midi refers to the length of the skirt, which is usually between knee and shin length, though the actual details of this style of dress differs dramatically. There are lots to choose from: long sleeved, short sleeved, wrap-front, ruched sleeve, dip hem, plain color, printed, cut-out back and lace neck.
Great for: office parties, nights out, engagement drinks.
Body con Dress
When you want instant sex appeal, there’s no party dress quite like the body con Body con dresses are designed to fit the body like a glove, showing off all your curves. There are so many incredible high-street body con designs to choose from. Pick from bold Aztec prints, simple plain black scoop necks, wrap-around halter necks, classic bandage effect and stud embellished finishes. Surprisingly, body con dresses look just as attractive on curvy women as they do on those straight up-and-down.
Great for: nights out, office events, birthday parties, weddings & hen dos.
For real elegance, you’ve got to go for a maxi dress. These floor length gowns are brilliant for those who fancy covering right up and letting a beautiful garment do the talking. Maxi dresses are available in both casual and formal formats, but even the most casual maxi can be styled to work for a party event. Choose from a statement print, block color or flowing Grecian design. Show off your shoulders, or team with a nice cardie and coordinating bangles.
Great for: weddings, christenings, birthday events, dinner parties, engagement drinks, school/college dos.
Another playful yet sexy party dress is the Skater style dress. Based on the dresses worn by professional ice skaters, these dresses feature a fitted upper body and swishing mini skirt. You can opt for a stroppy top or long sleeve option with simple colors and belted midriff a common choice. The neckline and back of a skater dress often feature cut-out or lace detail, whilst a collar also looks nice on a skater frock.
Great for: school/college events, nights out, engagement drinks, office parties.
New Look are a retailer of value fashion apparel, the second largest women swear retailer in the UK, with over 1,000 stores worldwide. New Look stock a brilliant range of dresses including day dresses, evening dresses and party dresses.