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50 Best Party Dresses of 2012

We curate 50 of the best party dresses for the festive season

As the year-end festivities draw near, so does our hunt for that one (or three) perfect party dress to outshine and out-sparkle everyone else at every one of the parties we’re planning on attending, be it an exclusive cocktail soiree, a family sit-down dinner or a night of alcohol-fuelled dancing ‘til the dawn.

With that in mind, we scoured Singapore for the 50 best festive party dresses you can find in stores now, just so you’ll have one less thing to worry about and that is whether or not you look fantastic, because these 50 stunners will guarantee you do.

Burgundy organza dress, Miss Selfridge
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Burgundy dress, $113, Miss Selfridge
Prettify your date night outfit with fabric rosettes like the ones on this silk chiffon dress. The burgundy shade also makes this chic rather than saccharine sweet.
Amber dress, Kate Spade
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Printed Amber dress, $730, Kate Spade 
Not too keen about wearing your precious jewels lest they get lost? With this bauble-printed dress, there’s no fear of that so save your smiles for your favourite boy instead.

Lace print pleated dress, DKNY
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Lace print pleated dress, $790, DKNY
Lace and pleats come together in this elegant number that will swish as you walk. Wear this with your hair in a French twist and diamond studs to a posh restaurant.
Teal embellished shift dress, Dorothy Perkins
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Teal beaded dress, $169, Dorothy Perkins Vamp it up with this less frou-frou, more come-hither dress. This shift dress says mystery-woman-of-his-dreams, so work it with a pair of sky-high heels.
Brocade dress, Guess
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Roxie Brocade dress, $179, GUESS
Show off some skin with this brocade bustier dress complete with sheer shoulder straps. After all, it is far better to let his imagination run than to flaunt everything at once.
Embellished peach dress, Mango
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Peach embellished shift dress, $199, Mango Have the delicate damsel-in-waiting look down pat with this soft peach pink shift dress that is speckled with shimmering beads; just like night stars peeking out during dusk.
Satin wrap dress, Zara
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Satin wrap dress, $89.90, Zara
Wrap dresses are silently sexy; think of how it’ll skim your curves in the most flattering way and how amazing it’ll feel on, both of which are surefire ways to make you feel fab.
Embellished dress, $xx, Stradivarius
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Embellished dress, $95.90, Stradivarius  Other embellished dresses stick with nude or black, but this pastel blue one really stands out for making such an unusual shade work with rows of sparkling beads. We love!
Ruffled silk-crepe and organza dress, RED Valentino, Net-A-Porter
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RED Valentino dress, $1,100, Net-A-Porter
Go super sweet in this ruffled pink dress that he’ll take a shine to. Add a black satin headband a la Blair Wardorf and he’ll be completely smitten.
Wool & silk lace dress, $3,230, Mulberry
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Wool & silk lace dress, $3,230, Mulberry
Spice up your Christmas date with this fiery orange dress that will draw all eyes on you. Keep your makeup pared down so all you’ll need is a confident smile.

Navy velvet dress, $xx, Mango
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Navy velvet dress, $49, Mango
Play peek-a-boo with this navy dress with mesh detailing. The deep V hints at your sensuality while long sleeves ensure that the look is kept tasteful for an elegant affair.
Beaded organza dress, $xx, Ted Baker
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Beaded organza dress, $759, Ted Baker
Put on this flared number with delicate beading on the bodice and you'll be ready to sip on martinis all night with your best girlfriends!
Cocoon belted dress, $599, Raoul
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Coccon belted dress, $599, Raoul
Make an entrance in this belted piece that is as unconventional a Christmas dress as it is chic. Let the sparkly bugle beads on the belt draw attention to your waist.
Ruffled monochrome dress, $xx, Zara
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Ruffled monochrome dress, $199, Zara Nothing says cocktail hour more than this strapless number that oozes sophistication. We say: accessorise with a champagne glass in hand and a slick of red lipstick.
Bright This Way dress, $xx, Kate Spade
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Bright This Way dress, $730, Kate Spade
Get the party started in this adorable crimson-hued dress and round it off with statement gemstone earrings and black patent stilettos.
Animal print sequinned dress, $369, Topshop
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Animal print sequin dress, $369, Topshop Show off your wild streak in this bold number that is bound to draw second glances at any party. Go for earrings instead of a necklace to take your look up a notch!
Silver bustier dress, $259, Bebe
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Fit & flare jacquard dress, $259, Bebe
A bustier, a princess-like poofy skirt, and black side panels that give the illusion of a smaller waist - these are the makings of the perfect dress to show off your best assets.
Moschino Cheap & Chic colour-block satin dress, $xx, Net-A-Porter
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Moschino C&C dress, $636, Net-A-Porter
For the woman who loves work as much as she does play, this dress tells the world of your fun loving nature with its clashing colours and interesting gathers.
Khoon Hooi asymmetric dress, $645, Shopthemag
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Khoon Hooi dress, $645, Shopthemag
It’s easy to be the belle of the ball in this flirty one-shouldered dress with soft drapings and a romantic blush tone. Talk about a sure fire way to charm everyone you meet!
Silk dress, $5,490, Lanvin
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Silk dress, $5,490, Lanvin
We love how romantic and delicate this piece is; juxtapose it against tough-as-nails accessories like a spiked clutch, and you're set to rock the ball!

Covent garden dress, $350, Juicy Couture
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Covent garden dress, $350, Juicy Couture
Channel a dainty British rose with this printed dress that gives you a waist without being too restrictive; so you can eat all you like and not look like you’ve been pigging out at all.
Printed peplum dress, $419, Raoul
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Printed peplum dress, $419, Raoul
Create an illusion of a tiny waist with this monochromatic dress that cleverly contrasts two kinds of stripes. Your fashionista cousin is bound to give you that nod of approval.
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Black embroidered dress, $149, Topshop Perk up a fit-and-flare LBD with subtle broderie anglaise detail as seen on this dress. To amp up the drama a little, pile on some statement jewellery.
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Jewel printed dress, $103, Dorothy Perkins Bling up a ho-hum dress with a plethora of jewels. We don’t mean the real kind but this printed variety that will jazz up an otherwise ordinary frock without being too OTT.
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Coral pintucked dress, $99.90, H&M
For a really intimate family dinner, you don’t have to go all out. Opt for this pleasing coral dress that will help you usher in the new year with plenty of style.
Lace panelled midi dress, $xx, Warehouse
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Lace panelled midi dress, $196, Warehouse Who says demure dressing can’t be stylish too? Keep your conservative elders happy with this sophisticated frock that you can match with pretty bow flats and a minaudiere.
Carolyn striped dress, $860, Kate Spade
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Carolyn striped dress, $860, Kate Spade
Don this cheery neon pink and orange dress for a modern take on festive colours that is certainly a lot more appealing than ye olde red-and-green combo. Cute!
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One-shouldered dress, $129, Zara
There’s nothing easier to wear than this angelic-looking dress that is so apt for the holiday season and also so kind to flaws. Go on, have another bite of that log cake.
Pleated pintuck dress, $xx, Karen Millen
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Pleated pintuck dress, $439, Karen Millen Purple is a calming hue that is perfect for a family get-together. Not only will it frazzle your nerves from running around all day, it will also do wonders your complexion.
DKNY burgundy dress, $411, Net-A-Porter
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DKNY burgundy dress, $411, Net-A-Porter
Cue this season's hottest shade - also a perfect seasonal choice - this relaxed silhouette and the see-thru mesh; all in one super chic dress. Everyone will love it, that's for sure.

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Forties draped dress, $439, Karen Millen
Hair draped in rich curls, ears adorned with opulent jewels, lips painted in scarlet and a porcelain complexion - channel Mad Men style at your ‘40s inspired party with this dress.
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Vintage floral dress, $165, bimba & lola
Hipster parties call for vintage-era dresses much like this one. Cinch it in with a brown skinny belt, a basket-weave purse and a pair of T-bar pumps for extra points.
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Sweetheart peplum gown, $339, Bebe
Emulate the unforgettable Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in an immaculate black gown, gloves that go past your elbows and strands of pearls cradling your neck.
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Grecian maxi dress, $539, Ted Baker
Join the ranks of the Greek gods in this shimmery number - we’re talking braided hair in a pretty updo and a gold cuff to solidify your identity as goddess Aphrodite.
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Spotted maxi dress, price unavailable, iROO
Perfect for a black and white party, this dress lets you shine in the limelight with its gorgeous print and romantic maxi dress length.
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Crepe cutout dress, $349, GUESS
Pay homage to the icon of old Hollywood glamour, Marilyn Monroe, in this short floaty number. Tease as she did with these cutouts and you’ll have men falling at your feet!
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Metallic gold dress, $183, Warehouse
A simple black-and-gold theme calls for a stylish dress like this. Keep to black stilettos to be safe, or go all out with gold accessories, either way, it will look fabulous.
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Leather maxi dress, $276, Miss Selfridge
Get gothic with this dark and wispy piece with cutouts at the neckline. We recommend a coat of vampy nail polish and a swipe of plum lipgloss to amp up the drama!
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Flapper dress, $403, Topshop
Reference the roaring ‘20s with this swingy number as you dance the Charleston into the night! Accessorize this with a vintage gold clutch to shimmy your way back into time.
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Military shift dress, $49.90, New Look
Stand at attention in this military inspired piece with body skimming black panelling by the sides. Unleash your inner soldier with this, we say, and pair this with studded lace-up boots.

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Glitter bandage dress, $196, Topshop
Dress up your bandage dress with glitter and get ready for the party of the century. In this sexy number, you’re bound to have all eyes on you when you’re on the dance floor.
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Sequinned wrap dress, $186, ASOS
If you’re looking to stand out in the middle of a party-dress clad crowd, this unconventional pastel purple strappy dress will do the trick. All you need now are 4-inch heels.
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Sequin skirt dress, $223, Warehouse
If you prefer something less showy, pick up this dress that keeps the sequins confined to the skirt. This way, you’ll be in the spotlight only when you want to.
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Lace tube dress, $199, GUESS
Seduce in this purple lace dress and set temperatures soaring by pairing it with black patent peeptoes. Who wouldn’t be attracted?
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Iridescent dress, $206, Miss Selfridge
Take the limelight in this embellished dress, and we guarantee a certain someone will have his beady eye on you all night!
Sass & Bide silver dress, £441(S$866), Net-A-Porter
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Sass & Bide dress, $866, Net-A-Porter
Shine in this space age-like dress, which will hug you in all the right places and give your assets the push they need. You’ll draw men like magnets; we guarantee.
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Emerald sequinned dress, $49.90, New Look Shimmer your way to the dance floor in this sublime emerald green dress that is equal parts flirty as it is festive. The center of attention? Easy!
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Printed cutout dress, $389, Karen Millen
Stand out on the dancefloor with this figure hugging piece - the cutouts make for an interesting detail and the psychedelic print will only be emphasised under the disco lights!
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One-shouldered dress, $85.90, Stradivarius
Look luxe with fabrics like velvet. Navy is a good alternative to the standard black, and statement necklaces jazz up pieces like this!
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Silver bodycon dress, $399, Bebe
Get futuristic in this irresistible number with a distressed finishing - pair with strappy stilettos and black accessories to make for a stunning look.
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