The advent calendars are already in the shops so that must mean Christmas is getting close, and that of course must mean that Christmas parties are getting even closer. It might be too early to put up the mistletoe but it's never too early to take a look at some of the best dresses for this autumn/winter season.
ONE This year there are some fantastic dresses in the Star range by Julien MacDonald, who designs clothes exclusively for Debenhams, such as the brown animal printed jersey dress which drops just below the knee and perfectly achieves a comfortably glamorous look. However, there's no doubt that some women this winter will be exchanging the included skinny black belt for something a little thicker to make a bolder statement.
TWO Meanwhile MacDonald's purple lace panelled jersey dress is another triumph. While the dress's form fitting shape is simple enough, the intricate detail of the lace, which stops just at the knee, makes this a dress to impress.
THREE The butterfly oriental split shift from Oasis may not be appropriate for every occasion, as it stops a good few inches above the thigh, but at a less formal party this is bound to get plenty of compliments. This is in part due to the print - the combination of colourful butterflies with deep crimson, black and white tones is certainly eye-catching.
FOUR If you're after a gown that speaks for itself the strapless michegan maxi from Coast can talk all night. From the classy sweetheart neckline to the elegant waterfall drape detail around the legs, this winter dress could be a fantastic addition to any women's wardrobe.