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Women’s partywear: the best going out outfits

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From sequin party dresses and going out blouses to black evening dresses and sparkly tops, we’ve rounded-up our favourite fashion buys from Brent Cross that’ll see you through the party season in style! This year it’s all about sequins, sparkles and metallics.

Red party dresses


Nothing says partywear like a classic red dress. And if you’re searching for the perfect one to see you through the season, look no further. 

Take your pick from glamorous ruby sequins, courtesy of this Karen Millen dress (as recently worn by Claudia on Strictly, no less), to claret-hued wraparound styles and sparkling midi dresses. 

This pleated Whistles dress will look just as great in the day with a white tee underneath and sneakers. For the ultimate evening party outfit, though, team your red frock with an elegant pair of black courts. 
Main image: sequin belted midi dress, £250, Karen Millen at John Lewis & Partners; M&S Collection crystal shoulder earrings, £15, M&S; court shoes, £24.99, H&M

Left to right: Cancity dress in rose red, £148, All Saints; Fiona beaded strappy midi dress in redcurrant, £195, Reiss; Regina sparkle pleated dress in pink, £169, Whistles 
Evening dresses with sleeves


Yes, it’s party season – but it’s also winter and freezing. If you don’t fancy barely-there straps, but also don’t want to compromise on style, then invest in a long sleeve dress instead.  

To ensure your party dress dazzles rather than dulls, look for elegant detailing and embellishment like lace, embroidery, beading or sequins. Deep V necklines, balloon sleeves and ruffle hems add interest. And if you fancy being daring, go for a short hemline – your arms are covered, after all. 

Style it up with your favourite faux fur coat and add a glitzy clutch. 

Main image: embroidered tulle dress, £149, Mango; long sparkly stone earrings, £9.99, H&M; silver square pave choker, £10, River Island

Left to right: animal print long sleeve wrap mini dress, £49.50, M&S; Maia sparkle wrap dress, £179, Whistles; sequinned velvet dress, £39.99, Zara 

Sequin skirts


If there’s one item to invest in this season, this is it: the versatile sequin skirt. Don’t blame us if a few of these end up in your wardrobe… 

We’re head over heels for animal print sequins (Karen Millen and Zara both have amazing skirts), and the magpie in us can’t help but want this River Island silver sequin skirt. 

For after dark, pop on a metallic blouse (sequins and shiny materials are a match made in party heaven!) and choose black suede heels.  

When the party season’s over, don’t throw it to the back of your wardrobe: swap in a slim grey jumper and complete the look with tights and biker boots. 

Main image: sequin leopard midi skirt, £175, Karen Millen at John Lewis & Partners; shirt dress, £29.99, Zara; multi leaf drop earring, £35, Whistles; Cornel suede point pumps, £140, Whistles 

Left to right: printed knit skirt with sequin details, £49.99, Zara; skirt with sequins, £24.99, H&M; silver sequin split hem midi skirt, £38, River Island 
Party tops


If the dress code for your Christmas night out is ‘jeans and a nice top’, we’ve got exactly what you need with our pick of the best party tops. 

This Karen Millen sequin camisole will ensure you’re the talk of the party for all the right reasons. It works just as well with slim cigarette pants, as it does with a fine pleat skirt. 

Pussy bow blouses in satin and silky fabrics are also high on our party shopping list. This Zara one in ruby red will keep you looking polished and party ready. Throw it on with ankle-grazing jeans and block heels for a festive drink with friends.

Main image: sequin embellished cami top, £125, Karen Millen; sparkle pleated skirt, £139, Whistles; diamante drop earrings in gold, £45, Reiss; embellished clutch bag in silver, £125, Reiss 

Above, from left: Olivia satin neck tie blouse in lilac, £145, Reiss; metallic texture top, £19.99, Mango; satin top with bow details, £29.99, Zara 

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