maxi dresses – twelve dresses of Christmas

It’s never too early to start thinking about your Christmas party dress. Sequin dresses, little black dresses, floating maxi gowns, ballgowns, lace prom dresses – they’re all already on the racks, just waiting to be snapped up for the biggest party night of your year.

So, in the next few weeks, we’ll share the Twelve Dresses of Christmas. We’ve had Little Black Dresses and Sequin Dresses – this week it’s Maxi Dresses

Maxi Dresses were at their peak in the late 1960s/early 1970s – if you went to an evening event, everyone was there, dressed like Margot Leadbetter from The Good Life (Google her!). If you want authentic maxi dresses, visit the vintage shops, which are usually full of them.

But the high street is full of maxi dresses for the party season – sequinned, lace, slinky, voluminous, all colours and shapes. Just be careful with maxi dresses – if you’re short, wear them just a bit above the ankle so they don’t swamp you. And if you are on the larger side, don’t wear too much volume, it will only serve to make your silhouette even bigger.

Nude colours are a gorgeous festive alternative – for a special ball or party, go the full hog in a sparkly, sequinned, or statement dress.

MAXi dresses nudel-r: sparkly sequinned dress, £200, Debut @ Debenhams, bow detail dress, £180, Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, nude beaded sequinned detail dress, £200, Debut @ Debenhams.

Make you LBD a LONG black dress, with the pick of the black maxi dresses to choose from. It’s safe, perhaps, but elegant, sexy, classy. Black is a great colour – you are free to accessorize as much or as little as you like.

Maxi dresses blackl-r: mesh back detail dress, £34.99, H&M, lace three-quarter sleeve maxi, £39.99, New Look, shimmer shower maxi dress, £295, French Connection

Reds are festive, pinks are hot, and a bit of leather or cut-out detail brings your maxi bang up to date.

maxi dresses red pinkl-r: red satin maxi, £14.99, H&M, pink and leather-look cut-out detail dress, £27.99, New Look, red sequin one-shoulder dress, £85, Diamond by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams

Choose something different, like blue or purple for an alternative festive maxi dress. Gorgeous regal purple looks great with embellishments, and blue is sure to stand out in a crowd.

maxi dresses blue purplel-r: One-shoulder embellished purple maxi, £39.99, New Look, blue halter-neck maxi, £85, French Connection, purple embellished maxi, £36, BHS

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions