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’Tis the season to pull out major party looks. From showstopping velvet to lace to metallics, go bold on the party circuit this holiday season with a cocktail dress sure to stand out from the crowd. Here, favourites at every price point.

1. Black and Silver Metallic Dress

Paco Rabanne

All eyes will be on you in this head-turning dress that captures the attention of everyone in the room. The fitted silhouette will make it the most flattering dress you own.

2. Lizzie Gown


Express yourself in a pink fluoro gown that’s as bright as your personality. The taffeta fabric and ruffled skirt add an ’80s feel to this modern dress.

3. Meredith Silk Satin Dress


This bold ruby-red hue will make your dress the talking point of the evening. Just add a matching red lip and you’re ready for a great night. 

4. One-Shoulder Bow Cocktail Dress

Oscar de la Renta

Let your dress do the talking with this ’80s-inspired mini that says it all. The yellow colour is perfect for transitioning into fall, and the one-shoulder style will keep you perfectly on trend.

5. Multicoloured Sequin Minidress


Sequins everywhere and a futuristic colour wheel in mind—envision yourself wearing this dress at every upcoming reunion and get-together. This captivating evening ensemble is something you’ll wear over and over.

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6. Silk Wrap Dress with Cutout


This bright red cutout number is the definition of sexy. With the perfect silhouette and long sleeves to keep you warm, you won’t want to take it off.

7. Mabel Dress with Puff Sleeves

Cecilie Bahnsen

This is the dress that we’re taking from day to night. Its pastel tone and dramatic puff give it a sweet lift, making it perfect for any event.

8. Ruffled Snake-Print Dress

Magda Butrym

Go wild for this snake-print dress with an asymmetrical neckline that adds volume and flare. A dress like this will be a staple in your closet because of its undeniable flair and instant elevation.

9. Thin-Strap Low-Back Floral Maxi Dress


A dress that gives an instant feeling of wanderlust, this one will take you away and make your friends green with envy.

10. Mini Body-Con Dress


Looking for the perfect LBD? Keep this long-sleeved gem with a unique neckline in mind. Its miniskirt will give you legs for days.

11. Chain-Strap Tank Dress

Maisie Wilen

We always have a cowl slipdress on hand since it’s such a flattering dress style. With a marble print and bright colour palette, this one will stand out from the best dresses in your closet.

12. Lacquer Red Minidress

Alexandre Vauthier

This deep red hue is the perfect shade to match every skin tone, as well as the perfect red lip. With a subtle V-neck and shine, this one has it all.

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13. Midi Slip


This is the dress you will live in! With colours inspired by the elements, find your place in nature with this perfect slip.

14. Leather Waistband Dress

Proenza Schouler

A little leather goes a long way. This shift dress gets an upgrade with a built-in belt that will hug you close all night.

15. Sienna Mid-Length Dress


A simple yet chic number that will have you looking like a tall glass of lemonade, this dress will make you look effortlessly chic.

16. Studded Gathered Minidress

Alexandre Vauthier

This studded dress will take center stage with its asymmetrical silhouette and ruching. A unique take on the perfect halter top, it will be reached for time after time.

17. Pleated Poplin Maxi Dress

Proenza Schouler

Pleats, please! This evening dress has serious twirl-ability: The bodice accentuates the curves, but the skirt doing all the flirting.

18. Magenta Satin Minidress


The buttoned cuffs and synched waist are what make this dress really stand out. Not to mention the bold purple hue that no one else will be wearing.

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19. Strapless Fitted-Top Maxi Dress

Esse Studios

A strapless gown is an absolute must-have. We recommend the drop-waist style for a look that’s equally nostalgic and futuristic.

20. Pink and Black Lace Slipdress


Bring a little grunge into your wardrobe with this Marques’Almeida number that is the perfect combination of silk and lace. Pair it with an edgy heel to complete the look.

21. Double-Faced Satin V-Neck Dress

Giambattista Valli

This V-neck dress has a cinch at the waist that will flatter your figure. The mustard-yellow colour adds a certain level of sophistication that will look great with your favourite pumps.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.