It’s almost December (we swear it was May last week) and the inevitable onslaught of work Christmas parties, family gatherings and good ol’ shenanigans is coming round the bend, fast. Now we at IDEAL don’t need an excuse to buy a new outfit. Having one, like festivities to celebrate, however, certainly does no harm; there are partners to placate and budgets to stretch. 

When a good bargain can be found, everything seems that little bit rosier. There’s nothing better than being complemented on a new dress that costs less than a round of drinks – preferably being worn while you get bought one. Whether you want floaty and demure, figure hugging and sophisticated, plain or patterned, online sites like have a dress to suit everyone, and not break the bank. So, with that in mind, here are our 5 IDEAL festive frocks to buy this season.


Everyone loves a little black dress. A staple piece for every wardrobe, every occasion, and one which can have you emulating Audrey Hepburn in a fluttering heartbeat. With a style to suit every body, shape and height, the LBD can be accessorised effortlessly in accordance with your style. To give your outfit that festive touch, reach for the red lipstick and nail varnish and team your LBD with a simple gold necklace and chunky heels. A classic look given a festive spin.


Never shying away from a good abbreviation, the warming tones of a LRD (little red dress) add that perfect pop of colour to your winter wardrobe. Whether it’s a floaty skater or a bodycon with scalloped edging, wearing a statement red dress is a daring, stunning choice for Christmas.


There may be some brave ones amongst us going tight-less in the winter, but wrapping up warm and snuggly can still look sexy. Keeping cosy doesn’t mean living every day in woolly jumpers and bobble hats, and for those who want to dress up while keeping warm, the midi dress is the perfect choice. With a wealth of sophisticated shapes and patterns there’s a style for everyone, meaning you can show a hint of leg, a whisper of skin, but not freeze to death in the process. Perfect.


A festively themed fashion post wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkling of tartan. From bright reds and greens to deep blues, the variety of designs and colours are endless. Want That Trend.Com have tapped into the festive love for plaid, with their selection of dresses perfect for Christmas parties. It’s a sure-fire way to declare loudly and proudly that you’re into the Christmas spirit without having to put on a Santa hat and ironic Christmas jumper.


Now who doesn’t love a bit of velvet? Here at IDEAL we’re completely obsessed with the feel of it and could wear it all day, everyday. This luxurious fabric is showcased strongly on the high street this season, in a multitude of colours, from warm berry tones to midnight blues. An easy way to go all out for December, the sumptuous textures and shapes can be matched beautifully with metallic heels and a bold statement necklace.