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Party dresses for real life

With the holidays on the way, even budget-minded princesses want to go out and play.
Party dresses for real life
Party dresses for real life
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Party dresses for real life
Party dresses for real life
Party dresses for real life
Party dresses for real life
Party dresses for real life
With the holidays on the way, even budget-minded princesses want to go out and play. But these aren't just once-a-year dresses. Shot with shimmer and racy colour, these frocks are so simple in cut but fabulous in detail, you'll wear them all year long
Size 6

If you're small-busted and petite, try this strapless dress. Its bustier-like form makes it dressy; its ruffles give it a young, spirited attitude.

Cotton-silk dress, Gap, $78. Sizes 0-14. Shoes, Luca Ferri at Globo, $50. Sizes 36-41. Clutch, This & That Axesoir, $78.

Size 8

This simply cut, A-line, sequinned dress is a nobrainer for many body types, from petites hourglasses to pear shapes.

Dress, Esprit, $130. Sizes XS-XL. Satin shoes, Aldo, $80. Sizes 35-41. Quilted clutch bag, Miss Caprice, $30.

Size 10

Count on this floor-skimming, ombré dress for its dark-at-the-bottom slimming effect; it's best if you're hippy and small-busted.

Tie-dyed silk dress, Tommy Hilfiger, $298. Sizes 2-14. Bag, Cassis, $79. Shoes, Globo, $70. Sizes 36-41.

Size 12

This bra-friendly, office-to-evening, A-line dress will show off your well-proportioned curves and flatter a fuller waist or bottom.

Silk-cotton, dress, Cassis, $129. Sizes 0-16. Bag, Miss Caprice, $50. Shoes, Aldo, $80. Sizes 35-41.

Size 14

Full figures will look dynamite in this streamlined, double-knit dress, which is as chic in the boardroom as it is at a holiday fete.

Cap-sleeved dress, Banana Republic, $175. Sizes 0-14. Faux-lizard clutch, Nine West, $95. Shoes, Nine West, $125. Sizes 5-10.

Size 16

Emphasize your great legs and draw attention away from a thicker waist with this timeless, body-skimming tunic dress.

Silk satin tunic dress, Old Navy, $35. Sizes 0-18. Slingbacks, Michael Kors, $148. Sizes 5-11. Bag, Aldo, $35.

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