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  • Dress To Impress: 18 Party Looks to Suit Every Style & Occasion

Dress To Impress: 18 Party Looks to Suit Every Style & Occasion

From classic and cool LBD's to dresses that sparkle and shimmer like a dancefloor disco ball, these are the party looks we're lusting over this holiday season.


Party season has officially arrived, and it's time to refresh our festive 'fits. Whether you prefer a classic little black dress, a shimmery, sparkly mini or something with a hint of unexpected detail, we've got you covered.

Here are 18 looks to suit every style, guaranteed to take you from summer garden parties and sunset cocktails to black-tie evening events. 

(Need some accessories to match? Check out our edit of shoes, bags and jewellery to complete your look.)

The Party Look: Cool and Classic

With quiet luxury and minimalism dominating runways and lookbooks all year, it's no surprise our party season outfits are inspired by this cool, calm and collected approach. Think swoon-worthy silky fabrics and elevated accessories that prove less is definitely sometimes more.


Aje Whisper Knot Waist Midi Dress, $625

Not your average little black dress, this softly sculptural midi toes the line between bold and understated. With a fitted waist and knotted band, it's a stylish twist on cocktail party chic.

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ESSE Studios

ESSE Studios Opia Column Dress, $790

A forever investment piece, this Opia Column Dress evokes contemporary minimalism and is crafted from a silk-to-touch fabric in a luxurious champagne shade. Plus, it has pockets.

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Dominique Healy

Dominique Healy Vera Dress, $374

Timeless and versatile, this off-the-shoulder dress is just at home at an evening sit-down dinner as it is at a daytime summer soirée. Crafted from 100% merino wool jersey fabric, it's soft and comfortable and flows into a flattering A-line silhouette. 

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Rachel Gilbert

Rachel Gilbert Eli Gown, $1400

Have a black tie event on your calendar? This modern and elegant floor-length gown features a sweetheart neckline with partially embellished bustline and is a signature piece designed to be worn again and again.

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Aje Intrigue Twist Back Midi Dress, $575

Smooth like chocolate, this Aje dress with stunning twist-back detail is the perfect summer party dress. The high neckline keeps things simple from the front and let's the back of the dress do all the talking.

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Matteau Bias Column Midi, $620

The perfect dress to take you from a long lunch right through to dinner, the Bias Column Midi in pebble can be dressed up or down to see you through all your summer soirees. Made from a lightweight silk crepe de chine, simply add some simple gold jewellery to really make it pop. 

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The Party Look: Sparkle & Shimmer

There's no better time than party season to be the centre of attention. Make like a disco ball and don a sequin-covered dress, a pair of statement-making stilettos and a sparkly handbag to carry all your night-out essentials.


Self-Portrait Asymmetric Sequined Mesh Midi Dress, $996.66

Covered in light-catching sequins, this is a true party dress. With a sweeping asymmetric neckline and draped fit that ends with a sensationally swishy skirt, this mesh dress is made for celebrating.

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The Frankie Shop

The Frankie Shop Gloria One-Shoulder Sequinned Tulle Mini, $379.45

Nothing says party quite like sparkles, but this Frankie Shop number keeps it minimalist and effortless. With its sleek one-shoulder style, made from tulle and covered in glistening sequins, this is understated elegance at its best.

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Lover Phoenix Asymmetric Sequin Dress, $200

Contemporary and feminine with just the right amount of edge, this asymmetric number puts a sparkly twist on the LBD thanks to its sequin and chiffon contrast.

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The Party Look: Bold & Bright

Embrace colour this summer and pick a party dress that's bold, bright and beautiful (we can't go past a Barbie-inspired pink number). Don't limit your experimentation just to colour, though: choose exaggerated detailing like bows and billowing sleeves.


Aje. Hunter Twisted Mini Dress, $495

Perfect for a summer soiree that starts with sunset cocktails and extends well into the night, this Twisted Mini Dress is full of surprises: think wide bell sleeves and a twisted, open back featuring a scrunch accent bead.

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Anna Quan

Anna Quan Darcy Dress, $450

A timeless mini in an on-trend colour, this dress is artfully ruched to trace and flatter the body. With narrow spaghetti straps and an internal boned structure, it's designed for dancing the night away.

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Sir The Label

Sir The Label Lupita Shaped Midi Dress, $250

Nothing says silly season quite like a red dress, but there's nothing kitschy or cheesy about this Sir The Label number. Made from a knitted fabric that offers a flattering sculpted fit, cut-out detailing and a touch of pink - this is a dress you'll wear all summer long.

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Bianca Spender

Bianca Spender Azure Ombre Satin Paragon Dress, $845

Enjoy dazzling water views in this single-shoulder satin dress, featuring a print designed in collaboration with Contemporary Painter Indivi Sutton.

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Matchmaker Bow Midi Dress, $2500

Make a serious statement in this bold midi dress. From the tan tiger print to the exaggerated bow detail on the bodice, this is a look that will  turn heads.

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L'IDÉE Silencio Mini, $299

You can't help but have a good time in this colourful party dress from  L'IDÉE . Bold and bright colours, a sculptural scalloped hemline just made for dancing under the stars at your next summer soirée.

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The Party Look: Feathered & Fancy

Play with texture and embrace drawing attention with a feathered frock. Choose a neutral base and let the plumes serve as the perfect backdrop for colourful and quirky accessories.


Aje. Rushes Knit Midi Dress, $525

A fan-favourite, this feather-look party dress is back in stock. With raffia tiers falling from the hem of a bell-shaped skirt, the knitted midi also features an open-back detail for just the smallest hint of skin.

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Oseree Lumiere Plumage Turtleneck Dress, $895

A true showstopper (and jaw-dropper), this sophisticated, semi-sheer dress strikes the perfect balance between glamour and comfort. With a side seam slit for eases of movement and lurex fabric, it's a foolproof fashion choice this festive season.

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By Johnny

By Johnny Sadira Spiral Feather Mini, $450

Wrap yourself in feathers like the present you are in this strapless mini dress from By Johnny, Sure to leave a lasting impression at every festive event, the ivory showstopper is the perfect canvas for adding pops of colour with accessories.

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Perfected your party look? Get some makeup and hair inspo with our wrap of the newest beauty products, and pick out a drinkable and delicious gift for your party host.

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