This season's newest party dresses are short, sweet and cheeky in shapes influenced by '60s silhouettes. Embellishment will make your dress stand out in the run up to the Holidays, so play the fashion magpie and look out for sparkling sequins, mirrored fragments and glittering beadwork.
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Do the twist in jumbo sequins - either all over, or just touches on collars and trims. Look out for eye-catching patterns picked out in metal rivets, shiny plastic beads or shimmering crystals.
Miu Miu and Stella McCartney embraced the mini dress in their F/W '10 shows - Muccia Prada presenting hers in bright tones of mustard and grape while Stella went for burnt orange. Keep it runway relevant by making yours bright and bold.
The easiest way to make your party dress 'now' is with a typically '60s Peter Pan collar or by throwing on an embellished crop top. The collar looks playful, while the right crop top will add interest to an otherwise simple dress.