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20 Party-Perfect Dresses You Can Glisten In Come Cocktail Hour

There is nothing like a shimmery dress to get you into the party mood. With a little help from towering heels and red lips of course. But sometimes, the dress is the party: the disco-reminiscent, high octane, oomph-inducing, foil wrapper-shiny and limelight-stealing numbers that can never go unnoticed. 

We are overwhelmed with the events marking our calendars this season and the new 'fits that need to be lined up for them: our credit card statement will vouch for it. That said, we are champions of repeating outfits and only invest in pieces that we know can be worn over and over and over again. For this reason alone, we trust in blinding sequinned minis, trusty LBDs and versatile vibrant dresses these can take us from family get-togethers (read elegant and demure) to the season's 'IT' shindigs (pull-out-all-the-stops amaze) effortlessly. Whatever your dress personality be, we bet these cocktail dresses will match up to your high standards.

Handwoven Silk Maxi, Payal Khandwala

Handwoven Silk Maxi
Handwoven Silk Maxi
INR 24,800 at Payal Khandwala
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Party It Up: Elevate cocktail hour with this Payal Khandwala maxi dress. Crafted in handwoven silk and rich jewel tones, this dress with an origami collar is perfect for those of you that like an Indian accent to their outfit. Wear yours with slicked-back hair and XL earrings.

Ostrich-Feather Dress, The Attico

Strapless Ostrich-Feather Mini Dress
Strapless Ostrich-Feather Mini Dress
INR 251,569 at Matches Fashion
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Party It Up: Feathers can amp up the drama, and this black ostrich-feather dress is nothing if not dramatic. Featuring a feminine strapless sweetheart neckline, this dress is trimmed around the hem with shiny black beads. Style it with statement jewellery for a glam evening.

'Zeenat' Sheath Dress, Jodi

Zeenat Raw Silk Sheath Dress
Zeenat Raw Silk Sheath Dress
INR 13,890 at Jodi
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Party It Up: Whether it is an Indian wedding or an NYE party, this figure-flattering sheath dress in a striking magenta raw silk can (and will) work overtime. With bold floral motifs highlighted with beaded hand embroidery, this versatile dress can be your new go-to.

Embellished Metallic Dress, Paco Rabanne

Embellished Metallic Mini Dress
Embellished Metallic Mini Dress
INR 62,715 at Net-A-Porter
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Party It Up: Nobody does partywear as Paco Rabanne does. Case in point: this black dress made up entirely of octagon-shaped paillette. Hand-linked in a tessellated pattern, wear yours to parties with barely-there sandals and metallic accessories.

Sequin Embellished Dress, Gucci

Sequin Embellished Dress
Sequin Embellished Dress
INR 673,957 at Farfetch
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Party It Up: Stow your mini dress in the closet for this elegantly tailored dress. Constructed in sumptuous silk, this has deep-V neck been accentuated with vibrant sequin embroidery. Wear this with metallic shoes and dangling diamante earrings.

Colour Block Sequin Dress, Zara

Colour Block Sequin Dress
Colour Block Sequin Dress
INR 7,990 at Zara
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Party It Up: Drown in sparkling sequins with this sleeveless oversized midi dress. Comfortable and chic, this Zara midi with a contrasting hem will look dazzling with your hair tied back complemented with sultry, smokey, come-hither peepers.

'Saffron' Metallic Midi Dress, Nanushka

Saffron Cutout Metallic Satin Midi Dress
Saffron Cutout Metallic Satin Midi Dress
INR 36,418 at Net-A-Porter
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Party It Up: Play dress-up in this satin number by Budapest-born label Nanushka. Akin to liquid gold, this dress features cutouts at the waist for some peekaboo and flows over your body, hugging all your curves. Style yours with sculptural mules and a mini bag for an office party or cocktail brunch.

'Marissa' Metallic-Fil Coupé Dress, Self-Portrait

Marissa Metallic-Fil Coupé Dress
Marissa Metallic-Fil Coupé Dress
INR 34,830 at Matches Fashion
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Party It Up: A seductive combination of delicate florals and metallic sheen, this dress is romantic with its plunging V-neckline. Pair this number with minimal strappy sandals and a slicked-back hairdo to make a statement.

Sequinned Draped Dress, Halpern

Sequinned Tulle Draped Dress
Sequinned Tulle Draped Dress
INR 171,758 at Farfetch
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Party It Up: Halpern sure knows how to deliver a party look or two. We love this black and gold sequinned tulle draped dress that features sequinned embroidery, billowing sleeves and an asymmetric hemline. Wear this star number with eye-catching accessories.

Off-The-Shoulder Puff-Sleeve Dress, Rosie Assoulin

Off-The-Shoulder Puff-Sleeve Cocktail Dress
Off-The-Shoulder Puff-Sleeve Cocktail Dress
INR 105,734 at Saks Fifth Avenue
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Party It Up: You know what they say: when in doubt, wear red. And you can rely on this statement occasion piece to bail you out no matter what the occasion. Elegant and stunning, this off-the-shoulder midi flaunts dramatic puff sleeves and a feminine A-line skirt for effect.

One-Shoulder Midi Dress, Staud

One-Shoulder Crepe Midi Dress
One-Shoulder Crepe Midi Dress
INR 29,578 at Selfridges
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Party It Up: If you want to opt for a demure look, this fluid dress with a thigh-high slit is just the right amount of elegant and sexy. Rendered in a bright eye-catching canary yellow, you can colour-block the dress with bright jewel-toned accessories.

'Marissa' Metallic-Fil Coupé Dress, Saloni

Marissa Metallic-Fil Coupé Silk-Blend Dress
Marissa Metallic-Fil Coupé Silk-Blend Dress
INR 42,334 at Matches Fashion
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Party It Up: Twirl in this feminine and romantic mini dress by Saloni with fluted sleeves and a ruffle-trimmed skirt that is cinched at the waist with a belt. Team it with an embellished clutch and peep-toe heels for the evening.

V-neck Sequined Dress, H&M

V-neck Sequined Dress
V-neck Sequined Dress
INR 4,499 at H&M
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Party It Up: You can never go wrong with sequins and this rose gold dress is party-perfect. With a ribbon cinching the waist, this will accentuate your shape. Wear yours with metallic heels and disco earrings for a glam look.

Kadam Dress, Grassroots by Anita Dongre

Kadam Dress
Kadam Dress
INR 16,572 at Anita Dongre
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Party It Up: Mix it up with this dress crafted in Banaras brocade. Handwoven by traditional artisans, the dress features compact weaving with additional wefts made of metallic fibres in intricate designs. Cut into a sultry silhouette, this will flatter your body and can work for varied occasions. 

'Eda' Metallic Lamé Dress, Temperly London

Eda Metallic Lamé Midi Dress
Eda Metallic Lamé Midi Dress
INR 147,844 at Selfridges
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Party It Up: Scatter some party cheer and sparkle with this lamé Temperley London this festive season. Featuring puffed sleeves and a wrap-around waist, this calf-skimming dress is about as close to liquid gold as a dress can get. We are here for it.

Sequined Dress, Prada

Sequined Dress
Sequined Dress
INR 421,224 at Mytheresa
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Party It Up: Shimmer and swish with every step in this dazzling Prada dress that is smattered with colourful sparkling sequins. Wear yours with embellished accessories and chunky heels for a luminous evening look.

Sylvie Sequin Midi Dress, Rixo

Sylvie Sequin Stripe Midi Dress
Sylvie Sequin Stripe Midi Dress
INR 22,344 at Saks Fifth Avenue
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Party It Up: Lending a party twist to the classic slip dress, this number by Rixo features diagonal stripes of multicoloured sequins. The sparkle elevates this slip dress to make it a statement piece. Pair yours with strappy sandals and a mini bag.

'Graciella' Maxi Dress

Graciella Sleeveless Maxi Dress
Graciella Sleeveless Maxi Dress
INR 11,717 at Nordstrom
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Party It Up: This Reformation dress is a sultry and sophisticated number with a soaring front slit. If you are someone that favours an LBD over a high voltage sequinned dress, we declare your search for the perfect dress over.

'Claude' Sequined Dress

Claude Silk-Georgette And Sequined Dress
Claude Silk-Georgette And Sequined Dress
INR 62,619 at Net-A-Porter
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Party It Up: This slinky silk-georgette dress is adorned with a glistening sequined overlay just above the hem. The perfect balance between sensible and festive, you can wear yours with silver metallic heels and a dramatic burgundy lip. 

Pleated Lamé Dress, MarcJacibs

Pleated Lamé Dress
Pleated Lamé Dress
INR 183,484 at Farfetch
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Party It Up: This green silk belted shimmer dress features a belted waist and a pleated design. Designed in a midi-length with a metallic sheen, this dress can be paired with metallic accessories.

Featured Image: The Attico

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