prom 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 last  few weeks, we’ve been sharing the Twelve Dresses of Christmas. We’ve had Little Black Dresses, Sequin Dresses, Maxi Dresses, and we end this week on Prom Dresses.

The prom dress might have a different meaning these days, but we are not talking about any style of dress for an end of year prom here – we’re talking about the original prom dresses.

First seen in the 1950s with those nipped in waists and full skirts, there is no dress more girly and cute than a prom dress. These days hemlines on them can fall higher than on the knee, and the absence of petticoats mean they don’t usually ‘stick out’ as much as original prom dresses. However, they are still magical and are absolutely perfect for the festive season.

There is no better time to wear prom dresses than on a glamorous night out. And don’t think you have to stick to black, or festive colours and sparkle. Florals and patterns look great in prom dresses.

Try a floral, or an on-trend tartan for a quirkier take on your prom party dress.

Prom dresses tartan florall-r: Blurred floral print dress, £60 (was £120) Debut @ Debenhams, tartan check strapless dress, £22.99, winter floral dress, £22.99, both New Look

If you do want black for your Christmas party night, how about black with a jacquard pattern?

prom dresses baroque l-r: Black jacquard floral print dress, £39.99, H&M, grey/black flock pattern dress, £24.99, New Look, black print belted dress, £35, BHS

Lace looks great in prom dresses, over nudes or bold jewel colours. And it doesn’t have to be traditional lace – the circular pattern on this Jonathan Saunders Edition dress (middle) brings it right up to date.

prom dresses lace dressesl-r: Lace and sequin dress, £180, No1 Jenny Packham @ Debenhams, blue and black dress, £90, Edition by Jonathan Saunders @ Debenhams, pink lace dress, £80, Diamond by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams

Gorgeous deep jewel colours look great at Christmas – bold sapphire blues, and gorgeous deep bottle greens give a sophisticated look to a prom dress.

prom dresses jewelsl-r: Blue and black organza dress, £140, deep green strapless dress, £160, both French Connection, blue velvet and mesh dress, £19.99, New Look

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

Sequin Dresses: Twelve Dresses of Christmas!

It’s never too early to start thinking about your Christmas party dress. Sequin dresses, LBDs, 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, starting today with Twelve Sequin Dresses.

Sequins say festive sparkle like nothing else. You can go full on sequinned glamour with bold colours, keep it neutral with lighter tones, or pick a dress that has just enough sequin embellishment to qualify as a party frock!

Black and gold is a winning combination this season, with that Art Deco vibe that’s still in, thanks to the Great Gatsby film earlier this year. Sequin stripes in black and gold look great, as do scattered sequin patterns.

Sequin dresses gold blackl-r: gold and black sequin dress, £39.99, H&M, scattered gold sequin dress, £80, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, black and gold chevron stripe dress, £39.99, New Look

Maybe you want to keep it lighter, with gold tones, or pastel sequins, or perhaps tightly stitched sequin patterns like this Butterfly by Matthew Williamson dress in a lovely shimmery blue.

Sequin dresses subtlel-r: gold dress, £24.99, New Look, sequin patterned dress, £85, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams, Shimmy sequin dress, £195, French Connection

Sequins work brilliant in bright colours. Go for a show-stopping party frock in bold pink, festive red, or coloured sequin stripes! Are you brave enough?

Sequin dresses colour

l-r: pink strapless dress, £39.99, New Look, Siberian stripe sequin dress, £280, French Connection, red sequin long-sleeve dress, £85, Red Herring @ Debenhams

And if you aren’t ready to embrace sequins all over, choose something that just has a nod to the party look, with a sequin trim, sequin bodice, or subtle sequins on an LBD.

Sequin dresses part sequinl-r: gold trimmed tunic dress, £40, Wallis @ BHS, silver sequin bodice dress, £19.99, H&M, Rochelle black ribbon trim sequin dress, £180, French Connection

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