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The Perfect 10: Cocktail Dresses

14/10/2010 10:30 | Updated 22 May 2015
The party season is about to kick off and that can only mean one thing – it's time to find a brand spanking new cocktail dress. To make things easier for you, we've trawled our favourite online shopping haunts to bring you ten of the best evening dresses. From cheap and cheerful dresses to the perfect fit for a formal affair, we found them all. Check out the picture gallery below to find your best party dress.
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The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

If you're already bored of the black, grey and now camel tones trudging up and down every high street, you're in need of some serious colour therapy. This green tasselled dress by Emilio Pucci might be just the tonic.

Strapless fringed silk dress, £2920, Emilio Pucci

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

Versatility is key with this metallic knit dress by Vivienne Westwood's Anglomania line. Brave the cold and wear it with bare legs, sky scraper heels and a little black clutch, or add some edge with a pair of second skin leather treggings and studded shoe booties.

Twister Elephant metallic-knit dress, £280, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

For a more casual shindig, this Lipsy dress works a treat with its top half, draping, form-fitting skirt and buttonhole detail on the back.

Two in One Face Print Dress, £35, Lipsy

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

This dress, with its asymmetric hem, is from boutique du jour My Sugarland. Short and sweet, it's both sexy and whimsical.

Fin Organic Bamboo Asymmetric Dress, £214, My Sugarland

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

If it's an edgy, yet girly look your after, this TopShop dress is great with it's leather halter and flowing fabric.

Leather Halter Strap Dress, £50, TopShop

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

Asymmetric tailoring continues to pack a strong sartorial punch for Autumn. We love this painterly Matthew Williamson dress for both it's dramatic print and cinched in waist.

One-Shoulder Printed Silk Dress, £895, Matthew Williamson

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

We love finding pieces that can transition from day to night. Take this jigsaw frock, for example. You can team it with kitten heals and a blazer for the office and then bare your shoulders for an after-work get together.

Cotton Twisted Knot Dress, £98, Jigsaw

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

This white number is from the La Redoute collaboration with French design house Azzaro, which is known for its sumptuous eveningwear. Think simple, sexy and elegant.

Jewelled Dress with Diamante Belt, £119, Azzaro at La Redoute

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

Underwear as outerwear is still a trend to follow, and next's French Boudoir collection hits all the right notes. Our favorite is this black satin and lace halter.

Black Satin and Lace Halter Dress, £50, Next

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

We've saved the best until last. Nothing beats the chic sophistication of an Yves Saint Laurent cocktail dress. This silk satin wrap dress is a showstopper.

Silk-satin wrap-style dress, £1,705, Yves Saint Laurent

The Perfect 10: Cocktail dresses

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