15 black dresses that are going to be your plus one to every party

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Harriet Davey

Make way for the party dress that never fails to impress…

There are some pieces that’ll stick around in your wardrobe for a lifetime like a chic camel coat, or a crisp white shirt, and the little black dress is one of these. Although it’s now more about the versatile 24/7 midi, there’s mini and maxi styles this season that are also party perfection. 

From the sequin Ganni frock the style set are already snapping up, to the H&M cami dress that’s championing autumn/winter 18’s biggest trend – these are the 15 best black dresses that’ll see you through every Christmas party, soirée and everything in between.

Now the only thing you’ve got left to plan is your last minute Christmas shopping!

Givenchy bow mini dress

Givenchy mini dress

Wear your hair up to show the chic sleeve and bow detail. We can always trust in Givenchy to make us dress-to-impress. 

Givenchy bow mini dress, £2,310

Topshop lace midi bodycon dress

We can always rely on Topshop to release a black It dress everyone will want. This one will take you from dinner to dance floor in an instant. 

Topshop Lace Cut Out Midi Bodycon Dress, £75

Joseph silk-satin slip dress

Joseph satin slip dress

Ah, the slip dress – universally loved my all, and the most versatile piece you can add to your wardrobe. Layer over a grey roll neck for day, then whip off for evening and add heels. 

Joseph silk-satin slip dress, £395

Ganni sequinned midi dress

Ganni sequinned midi dress

Ganni creates cult piece season after season, and this time it’s all about their sequin frocks. Wear with western boots for a high-low look. 

Ganni sequinned midi dress, £490

H&M patterned dress

H&M patterned dress

Leopard print is the trend that keeps on giving this season, and H&M have added this more subtle option to their collection. Add a faux fur jacket to make it look even more premium. 

H&M patterned dress, £59.99

Zara velvet dress

Zara velvet dress

If there’s one way to get party-ready, it’s velvet. All you’ll need to complete the look is some Pat Butcher style OTT earrings and some barely-there heels. 

Zara velvet dress, £39.99

Staud Lisa dress

Like their must-have bags, Staud dresses sell quicker than we can click add to basket. Get this staple frock before it goes. 

Staud Lisa dress, £255

Rejina Pyo tiered drop hem midi

Rejina Pyo tiered hem dress

The most elegant party dress has arrived. Team with Rejina Pyo gold heeled mules to complete the look. 

Rejina Pyo tiered drop hem midi, £650

Outline London black midi dress

Outline London bodycon dress

The strappy detail on this midi dress keeps it simple, yet chic. Pair with a beaded bucket back and mule heels. 

Outline London black midi dress, £165

& Other Stories belted leather midi dress

& Other Stories leather dress

A leather dress will not only look stylish, it’ll also keep you warmer too. You’ll wear this & Other Stories beauty on repeat. 

& Other Stories belted leather midi dress, £299

Arket long sleeved black dress

Arket long sleeved black dress

It’s the dress all our fashion editors love, and you will too. You’ll be able to wear it with slouch knee high boots for day, and swap to velvet mules come evening. 

Arket long sleeved black dress, £125

River Island high neck frill hem midi dress

River Island River Island high neck frill hem midi dress

It’s the dress that looks more high end than high street, but it’s under £50. Thanks River Island.

River Island high neck frill hem midi dress, £46

New Look corduroy belted pinafore dress

New Look belted corduroy dress

If you haven’t added corduroy to your autumn/winter18 edit yet, then now is the time. Layer over a polo neck with knee-high boots for a retro vibe. 

New Look corduroy belted pinafore dress, £24.99

Proenza Schouler ruffle-trimmed midi dress

Proenza Schouler midi dress

Spotted all over the street style set, this is the one that’s guaranteed to get you noticed. A slick of red lippy is all you need. 

Proenza Schouler ruffle-trimmed midi dress, £715

Zara shawl collar dress

Zara shawl collar dress

An eighties-esque blazer dress is the ultimate party hit. We’ll be wearing this Zara number with hoop earrings and pointy courts.

Zara shawl collar dress, £29.99

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