09/12/2009 10:38 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Maternity Wear: Christmas Party Dress

Ah the joys of shopping for the perfect party dress. They're either too long, too short, too frumpy or just too high fashion. The hell of shopping for a party dress trebles when you're pregnant, and have to pick up something for the work Christmas party. So what can you do to find the perfect dress that fits you and your bump?

First off, don't go out this week and attempt to buy something in the shops. You're asking for trouble, battling against a mass of angry, desperate Christmas shoppers. Frankly, that's the last thing you need when you're pregnant.

Instead, grab your laptop and get ready to double-click your way to the perfect Christmas party maternity outfit. Peace, quiet and a cup of tea permanently at your side!

The Lurex Stripe dress (£45) on the right is from Topshop's Maternity range, and offers just the right amount of glitter to fit in with the festive celebrations without looking like a Christmas tree.

Read on for a few more choice picks you can buy from the warmth of your own home.

Holly Willoughby is pretty much my celebrity style icon, even through that dodgy Dancing on Ice phase of slightly inappropriate dresses. So it's probably not much of a surprise to hear that I adore her maternity range for online department store

The print wrap dress (£35) above could be made party ready with the addition of a decent pair of heels and a cute cardigan.

This ASOS Maternity Stretch Dress (£35) is an adapted version from the standard range. I like the fact that ASOS doesn't patronise its customers with frumpy pieces for maternity wear. Being pregnant doesn't mean you want to spend the next 9 months in a sack.

See Top 10 maternity party dresses here