Make it maxi: Long party dresses for fancy festive affairs

The Duchess of Cambridge regularly gives a masterclass in the art of being classy and smart while still looking young and gorgeous.

And with the festive season upon us and its promise of black tie bashes and posh dos, you may be wondering how to strike that balance yourself.

The fashion team at HELLO! Online recommends you buy into the maxi dress trend that the elegant HRH sparked with her array of long gowns with stunning cuts and intricate detailing that she usually sports for formal affairs.




And we've even taken the strain out of hunting down a sure-fire headturner with our selection of the best evening dresses on the market.

This bronze sequinned sleeveless number from LittleBlackDress is fittingly festive and will have you dazzling your way through the night. And the white Alberta Ferreti creation, which, at £325, comes with a slightly higher price tag, is simple but stunningly beautiful.



French Connection's high-necked, long-sleeved black sparkling maxi, meanwhile, has a sexy thigh-high split to perfectly offset the demure cut.

And Shubette's cowl neck silver number is a true stand out piece designed with a special occasion in mind.

Activate HELLO! alerts and find out about everything before anyone else.