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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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