The party looks around this Christmas are very decadent - so expect to see lots of lace, brocade, metallics, not to mention a whole lot of feathers and fringing.
A Little Black Dress is the fail safe option for this time of year - and this time around black is very much on the menu - even more so than usual, if that's possible. You only have to have seen Cheryl Cole's parade of LBD's on the X-Factor over the past few weeks to notice the dominance of the colour.
A veritable feast of delights can be found on the High Street, from maxis to minis - but I think that a '50s style prom dress makes for the perfect party dress. The cinched in waist and full skirt flatter womanly curves, or the right one can even create the illusion of an enviable hour-glass figure. Look out for black lace or gold brocade.
Fair trade off-the-shoulder prom dress with lace overlay, £96 Nomad, available from Fashion Conscience
Spotted lace prom dress, £20 George @ Asda
Elizabeth Rose dress, £95 French Connection
Gold brocade dress, £19.99 H&M