Say no to the dress: 10 stunning alternatives to the festive frock

11th Dec 17 | Beauty

Switch things up and stand out from the crowd this party season.

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When planning your yuletide party outfit (or outfits if you’re a social butterfly flitting from soiree to soiree all month), do you automatically think ‘dress’ – or do you steer well clear of frocks at all costs?

Whether you’re a long-time dress-avoider or simply want to switch things up this year, you couldn’t have picked a better time to shop outside the box. Why? Because the high street partywear collections are chock-full of stylish separates, gorgeous going-out tops and suits of the jump and tailored variety.

A smattering of sparkle or some holly-berry red will keep things at least a little bit festive – but architectural shapes, asymmetric cuts and sumptuous fabrics are the most fashion-forward way to do after-dark attire right now.

Stand out from the crowd this Christmas in one of these 10 amazing alternatives to the party dress…

1. AQ/AQ Heather Halter Neck Jumpsuit, £180

model wearing AQAQ Heather Halter Neck Jumpsuit
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2. River Island Black Sequin Wrap Bow Bandeau Crop Top, £45; Black Coated Molly Jeggings, £45

model wearing River Island Black Sequin Wrap Bow Bandeau Crop Top and Black Coated Molly Jeggings
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3. Simply Be Sequin Palazzo Trousers, £60

Simply Be Sequin Palazzo Trousers
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4Dorothy Perkins Black Velvet Suit Jacket, £40, and Slim Suit Trousers, £25

model wearing Dorothy Perkins Black Velvet Suit Jacket and Slim Suit Trousers
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5. Phase Eight Florentine Jumpsuit, £85, John Lewis

Phase Eight Florentine Jumpsuit
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6. Glamorous Black Sheer Gold Spot Bardot Top, £36

Glamorous Black Sheer Gold Spot Bardot Top
(Glamorous/PA)

7. JD Williams Black Silver Glitter Jumpsuit, £35; Sophie Barely There Shoes, £22; Sophie Silver Ring Detail Clutch Bag, £15

model wearing JD Williams Black Silver Glitter Jumpsuit, Sophie Barely There Shoes and Sophie Silver Ring Detail Clutch Bag
(JD Williams/PA)

8. George at Asda Sequin Blazer, £28

George at Asda Sequin Blazer
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9. V by Very Embellished Mesh Top, £30

V by Very Embellished Mesh Top
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10. Pretty Little Thing Red Tassel Sequin Long Sleeve Playsuit, £45

Pretty Little Thing Red Tassel Sequin Long Sleeve Playsuit
(Pretty Little Thing/PA)

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