This time of year has to be my absolute favourite for fashion and style. It’s the season of the party dress and when we women get the chance to really dress up and dust off the sequins.

When shopping for that ‘ideal dress’, if you are anything like me you want something that no one else will have and will make you feel like a million dollars! That’s why vintage shopping is so amazing, as you are almost guaranteed to find a special item that no one else will have. When I find such a piece I often fall in love with it and end up keeping it for forever – unlike most dresses you will find on the high street, I see it as a beautiful investment.

When looking for a party dress, I always want that dress to be a knock out number, be something I can wear again and is on trend for that season. So what are the key trends that we should be looking for this year? I have picked out a few of my favourites I have seen on the catwalks…

One of the key trends this party season are soft fabrics such as velvet and velour. When wearing this trend you are looking for a dress that shows off waist – think Hollywood glamour and Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Colours to look out for are purples, emerald green, claret reds and black. The three dresses featured in this article are just perfect; they fit beautifully and are in velour, while also being in the five top colours of the season.

Dresses – Green and purple velour Grace = £39.99 by Pretty Kitty Fashion
Sequin Ruby £39.99 by Pretty Kitty Fashion

Another big trend for this season is glitter, which is easy when it comes to shopping for vintage – it’s always popular and easy to find for us vintage fashion lovers.

Glitter is back in a huge way this winter so when thinking about colours anything goes really. One key trend with the glitter/sequin theme is midnight, so think deep blues, black and gold for starlight. These three dresses are just ideal for this trend.
Left to right – Black and gold 1970s midi dress, 1980s blue full sequin mini dress and a 1980s black and gold cocktail dress. Dresses from Enjoy Clothing.

Keeping with this huge glittery trend I have to bring your attention to motifs of starbursts and bright colours. This 1980s dress is just beautiful, bang on trend with shape, glitter and star burst. You can often find this style of dress in many vintage boutiques and it is certainly a winner!

This decade keeps popping up this season for party dresses. You either love or hate this decade of fashion but what better time to wear something that’s unique and fun for a change! 1980s details on the shoulder are incredible and give any dress that little something extra! When shopping through this decade look for shoulder details, sequins, reds, and ruffles. Dress from Enjoy Clothing.

I teamed these two stunning red dresses with another popular trend that keeps coming up year after year – leopard print. I  LOVE this print and as a vintage lover it is easy to find. There are lots of leopard items available in vintage boutiques but also from retro designer brands. Dresses from Enjoy Clothing.

ANIMAL PRINT – As well as leopard print, all of the animal prints will play a huge roll in this season’s party dress shopping. I love this 1970s snakeskin jumpsuit and it looks great next to another animal print. Clothing from Enjoy Clothing.

Another favourite is the maxi dress and the 1970s certainly were the best decade for that! Look for metallic thread, shiny details and silvers.  Dress from Enjo

There is so much to choose from this season but I am going to opt for the sequin trend for my party dress. Who’s going to join me?

MODELS: Rebecca Aston, Lauren Charman and Victoria Charman
MAKE-UP ARIST: Neal Dakota
HAIR STYLISTS: Sue Carrington and Claire Pascoe from Number 8 Hairdressing
VENEUE: Alverton Hotel Truro
DRESSES: Pretty Kitty Fashion –
Enjoy Clothing –
PHOTOGRAPHER : Emma Griffin – Griffin Photography

Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!