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December’s best party dresses

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December is here, but if you still haven't sorted your wardrobe for the party season, fear not. We've got the inside scoop on the best dresses hitting your favourite stores this month - and to avoid any unpleasant elbowing in store to secure your dream outfit (we've been there), they're all available at the click of a mouse.

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    A fifties-style frock in crimson red? Ideal for Christmas day.

    £171.75, hobbs.co.uk

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    With it's adorable collar detail and nipped in waist, this dress has shot straight to the top of our Christmas list.

    Rose beaded dress, £295, whistles.co.uk

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    This cool tartan sequin mini dress with fringing with take you through the party season and beyond.

    Ashish dress, £965, brownsfashion.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    Work edgy, boho chic just like the Parisians in an Isabel Marant dress.

    Isabel Marant Nelcie dress, £2,120, matchesfashion.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    An elegant cocktail dress with flattering ruching at the waist.

    French Connection silk ruched dress, £97.50, johnlewis.com

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    An elegant embellished cocktail dress with delicate sheer sleeves.

    Alice by Temperley cocktail dress, £469, harrods.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    The ASOS Salon range is full of high end party pieces - we think this shirt dress is perfect for pre-Christmas drinks.

    £65, asos.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    Grungy glamour from the king of New York cool, Alexander Wang.

    Alexander Wang silk dress, £490, brownsfashion.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    Wear this gorgeous Christopher Kane dress to the office party and rack up some serious style credentials.

    Christopher Kane lace dress, £1,785, brownsfashion.com

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    December is the only time of year where it's acceptable to wear metallics constantly. Save this bronze number for New Year's Eve.

    Biba one-shoulder maxi-dress, £295, houseoffraser.co.uk

  • December’s best party dresses

    This sixties-style shift will work with flats or peep-toe pumps.

    Antonio Marras loose dress, £849, farfetch.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    Monochrome and with a statement neckline - this dress ticks off two trend boxes.

    £135, coast-stores.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    This plaid dress from super cool french label Carven is sure to bring some festive cheer.

    Carven plaid dress, £450, farfetch.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    A festive glittery pattern and cute bow detail make this frock perfect for Christmas day.

    Rainbow lurex bow dress, £80, topshop.com

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    The Duchess of Cambridge was seen stocking up on Christmas outfits at LK Bennett - this fuchsia velvet dress would certainly fit the bill.

    £225, lkbennett.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    A bold red dress that will wow at work drinks.

    Love Moschino shift dress, £250, my-wardrobe.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    A sparkling, sleeveless shift in a subtle dove grey.

    Per Una Speziale dress, £119, marksandspencer.com

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    A bright maxi-dress in stretchy jersey - very forgiving after one too many mince pies.

    Osman Yousefzada for John Lewis dress, £250, johnlewis.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    Feel like a snow queen in this sequinned wrap dress.

    By Malene Birger dress, £670, harveynichols.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    Comfortable and slouchy, but with just the right amount of glitz to be party appropriate.

    £179, jigsaw-online.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    Showcase a beautiful silhouette in this sweeping gown.

    Amanda Wakeley dress, £895, net-a-porter.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    This cheeky McQ frock adds a bit of fun to party season dressing.

    £365, harveynichols.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    A classic shape and style, in this season's staple - the polka dot.

    Dasha black bustier dress, £189, reissonline.com

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    Team this sweet scalloped hem dress with a statement necklace and platform heels.

    £495, my-wardrobe.com

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    A very mod sequin shift from super stylist and designer Rachel Zoe.

    Rachel Zoe Peggy dress, £415, selfridges.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    A flattering, waist-defining dress in a rich jacquard print.

    Jacquard flare dress, £99.50, bananarepublic.gap.eu

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    A printed silk shift that will also take you into Spring.

    Peter Pilotto dress, £1,035, net-a-porter.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    The elegant cut and draping make this high street piece look designer.

    Asymmetric lace dress, £69.99, zara.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    Naturally, Beyonce's fashion line has plenty of dresses made by the dance floor.

    House of Dereon sequin dress, £100, selfridges.com

  • December’s best party dresses

    Stay ahead of the curve in a Pre spring/summer 2012 dress from DVF.

    Diane Von Furstenberg dress, £414, matchesfashion.com