The Best Black Dresses and Jumpsuits for Cocktail Hour

Whether you’re off to the office Christmas work ‘do or a New Year’s Eve event, there’s no doubting that all-black styling is a party season favourite. With that in mind, we take a closer look at the best black dresses and jumpsuits of the moment, and show you how to wear them for cocktail hour.



Bead This


The little black dress doesn’t have to be basic. Heavily adorned with beads on the collar and hemline, and finished with stripes down the body, this limited edition design will make sure you stand out from the crowd this party season. We like it best with a black clutch bag and glittering court shoes in twilight tones.


Shimmy All Night


The flapper era is the inspiration behind this black mini dress, revived with rows of fringing. Offering a modern take on classic 1920s styling, this party season style promises to make you shimmy and shake all night long. Wear yours with an embellished clutch bag.


In Love with Lace


Laden with gothic influences, this black lace midi dress nods to the Victoriana trend that has been dominating the style agenda since the start of the season. With semi-sheer detailing on the bodice and sleeves, as well as a peekaboo hemline, this piece is sure to become a party classic. Finish with all-black accessories.


Sparkle in the Dark


When light-catching embellishments meet on midnight tones, party season perfection is all yours. Whether opting for an LBD with sequinned stars or an all-black jumpsuit with a hint of sparkle, let your dance floor-ready design shine with understated styling.


Jump On It


Nothing says modern glamour quite like a well-cut jumpsuit. Invite this hero piece into your after-dark wardrobe for the festive season with this black lace number, featuring a v-shaped neckline and back for the most flattering fit. Wear it with a vibrant embellished clutch and velvet heels.  

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