Christmas style: Find the perfect festive dress with Very's pick of the best LRDs!

Forget LBDs, this Christmas it's all about little red dresses - festive AND fashion forward! And, thanks to Very.co.uk, we've got the best picks here just for you...

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Push the black to the back of your wardrobe, the little RED dress is the only choice for the fashion-conscious this Christmas!

With only three weeks until Christmas, the party season is well under way (eeek!). Forget searching for presents – the pursuit of the perfect festive frock is your real priority now. The high street may be swamped with vicious shoppers and the rails emptying fast, but you still need to find a dress to impress, whether you're going out with colleagues or the girls.

With your trusty LBD, you can be at risk of looking like a doppelgänger at your seasonal soiree. But the answer to December's dilemma is easy – ditch the LBD and embrace a sizzling and seasonal little red dress! With a Valentino exhibition at London’s Somerset House this winter (lipstick red is Valentino’s signature shade), red dresses couldn’t be any more on trend.

Red should be worn when you want to stand out. And just like a timeless lipstick, there's a shade to suit every complexion and a shape to suit any figure. Here is our selection of party dresses to help you make a statement this Christmas.

Impress your friends with your daring side              

If you're heading out with the girls, you want a fun, flirty dress with plenty of attitude. Take a leaf out of Emma Watson's book and keep it short, lacy and layered. This red lace dress from AX Paris (available from Very.co.uk) is the choice to add just enough drama to your evening out.

It doesn't get more festive than lacy layers
Emma Watson at the pre-Orange British Academy Film Awards party
Emma Watson's tulip style dress kicked off the trend earlier this year

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Emma Watson at the pre-Orange British Academy Film Awards party
Red doesn't just have to be striking, it's pretty too!

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That Meaningful Meal

If you're meeting the Mr's parents, you’ll want to look chic but a little bit demure, so channelling a bit of Kate is probably a safe bet. The Duchess of Cambridge cemented herself as one of the nation’s style icons in the Alexander McQueen red dress she wore to the Jubilee Pageant and this stunning pleated Ted Baker dress is a great high street steal.

Red dresses with thick black tights look striking and sexy - without flashing the flesh
Prince William, left, and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, behind, walk to their barge during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pagent
Kate wore this stunning red dress to join Wills at the Diamond Jubilee

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Day-to-Night

The ideal day-to-night dress needs to strike a balance between being smart, sassy and comfortable enough to wear all day long. Jersey is the ultimate day-to-night fabric - go for something empire lined with a forgiving floaty skirt, like this cocktail dress from Holly Willoughby's range for Very.co.uk.

Holly poured her gorgeous curves into this dress for her Very collection

Belle of the Ball

Want to impress your partner's colleagues at his Christmas ball, or maybe you want to show yours how well you can scrub up outside of business attire? Emma Stone has all the answers when it comes to looking like an Old Hollywood siren at a formal occasion. Take inspiration from her stunning Oscars number and go for a long flowing dress with a little dramatic detail to draw the eye!

Simply stunning! This gown with extra detailing around the neck is dramatic and classy
Emma Stone
Emma Stone looked amazing in Giambattista Valli at the Oscars

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Dancing Queen

If it's a night on the tiles that you're after, there’s only one look to go for and that's sparkle! Whatever your shape, a sequinned party dress in scarlet is guaranteed to be a major head-turner and a go-to glamour gown that you'll have for years to come! If you're feeling adventurous, go for something like this amazing asymmetric dress, from Myleene Klass’ range.

This frock is CRYING for a disco!

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