With the holiday season just around the corner, there will almost certainly be an excuse to treat yourself to a beautiful new party dress in the near future – whether it’s for a glamorous winter gala or for fun festive drinks parties. When it comes to Christmas and New Year parties, it really is the one time of year when you can dial up the glamor, sparkle, and shine as much as you want in your party outfits, and so choosing winter party dresses is often a lot of fun. But, with so much choice and so many beautiful things released every winter season, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to picking one out!

One of the things that can make choosing party dresses easier by narrowing down the choice is to decide on a shape of dress that you really like, and which suits your figure, and then looking for variations on that theme. Here are three dress silhouettes perfect for evening and party wear, and what makes them great options!

Mermaid Dresses

The mermaid cut of dress is one that is really fashionable at the moment for special occasion wear. If you are unfamiliar with the style, it is a dress that fits close to the body until the lower leg, where it flares out, much like a mermaid’s tail – hence the name. Mermaid dresses are often, though not always strapless, and can be a great way to wear something with a sleek silhouette that flatters an hourglass figure while still having some volume in the skirt to give a more luxurious look. Mermaid dresses can work well on lots of different body types, however, they can be less flattering on people with proportionally shorter legs.

Mermaid dresses can look elegant in just about any color, though classic black is always a popular choice. White, cream, and ivory can look a little too bridal with this usual style of dress, however, so go for a bolder color if you want a paler dress. You can find some beautiful mermaid prom dresses to take some inspiration from at Jovani. Jovani is a fantastic brand when you want eye-catching formal dresses for all kinds of occasions, including black tie events, and you’re certain to see something you like if you take a look at the current range of mermaid prom dresses by Jovani Fashion.

Asymmetric Sleeves

One way to wear a dress with a modern look is to choose an option with one sleeve. This is a look that is interesting, bold, and flattering, and can minimize broad shoulders, as well as allowing you to draw attention to your upper body without having to wear a low neckline if you prefer not to. Asymmetric sleeves can look sexy without being overly revealing. This style of dress can look really striking with almost any length and cut of skirt, from short dresses that have a trendy, party feel, through to long, slinky dresses with side slits that look sleek and elegant, or dresses with ruffles and other features that make the fun, quirky look of the single sleeve stand out and give you a unique look.

Low Back Halternecks

Halterneck dresses are always a good choice and are flattering on most body types, with draped styles adding volume to smaller chests and more fitted styles showing off a good cleavage. However, to get the most on-trend, sexy look, pair a halterneck at the front with a low back. This is an elegant and classy way to wear a revealing cut and can make a great impact. However, if you want to choose this type of dress, make sure you know what your back looks like! If you have bikini tan lines left over from the summer, these may look really odd with a low back, so you may want to address this with a spray tan before wearing the dress. Choosing stick-on bra cups can be a good way to get around the fact that with the very lowest cuts, backless bras will still come up too high to wear. If you don’t need the support, then you can also consider just forgoing a bra altogether. If you don’t want to wear a bra but are worried about wardrobe malfunctions, the old model trick of using toupee tape to hold the dress in place against your skin in the important places at the front works like a charm!

Hopefully, these three suggestions will have given you some ideas when it comes to less commonly seen – but very fashionable – evening and occasion dress cuts that you could be thinking about when you are looking for your next show-stopping formal occasion look! Will you be investing in one of these styles for Christmas 2019?


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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