Christmas 2015 party dresses

The Christmas parties are all booked and every weekend until Christmas seems to be filling up with a variety of events with everyone trying to see the people they have missed all year. Unlike the laid-back nature of the summer soiree, the festive party season turns the effort levels up a notch and practically demands that an element of sparkle be worn at all times.

Luckily this season has been dominated by the disco-inspired lurex and metallics of Studio 54 as well as the shapes of bygone glamour which is ideal for those looking for something new to wear this December.

From retrofuturistic silver to the burnt coppers and brushed antique gold tones inspired by the late 1970s there is a metal for everyone. Those wanting to stand out a little more can venture into the realm of colourful metallics ranging from high-shine chartreuse to striped fuchsia and burgundy tones. Midi, mini, strapless or sleeves there is a precious metal for everyone we have broken it down into the two main trends this winter for you to pick from.

Cool hues: icy blues, vibrant reflective silver and anthracite greys: perfect for dancing in.

Self-portrait cut-out sequinned dress; £250, Selfridges

Lurex pleated dress; £536, Shopbop

Anglomania, Gardner gathered metallic dress; £425, Selfridges

Sequin crop top skater mini dress; £95, ASOS

Sequinned shift dress; £28, Forever 21

Diana swirl sequin maxi dress; £130, French Connection

Silver metallic Bardot dress; £42, River Island

Silver sequin high neck bodycon dress; £69.99, New Look

Silver plisse halter dress; £20, Miss Selfridge

Chi Chi jacquard midi dress; £62.99, Dorothy Perkins

Midas Touch: antique golds, warm copper and rich vintage chartreuse, these tones are ideal for dinners and cocktail parties alike.

Lanvin cut-out metallic fil coupé chiffon mini dress; £3,305, Net a porter

Limited Edition green sequin dress; £399, Karen Millen

Floral jacquard prom dress; £52, Miss Selfridge

Go for Baroque bell sleeve mini dress; £98, nastygal

Metallic pleated midi dress; £85, Topshop

MSGM contrasting star sequin dress; £352, Farfetch

High neck jacquard shift dress; £68, Warehouse

Mini Aztec high neck skater; £70, Oasis

Jonathan Saunders, Karla silver ombre silk blend dress; £795, Harvey Nichols

Long sleeve sequin stripe maxi dress; £110, ASOS