Best party dresses to get you through the festive season

From paying a fortune to get in your local pub to getting a taxi home, New Year’s Eve can be a bundle of stress.

And if you’re not size 10, there’s another ­bugbear – finding something to wear that doesn’t cost the earth and still looks glam.

The average UK size is now 16, and one in eight women buy from plus size ranges – a business worth £5bn a year.

But many high street stores are still stuck in the past. Some big chains still don’t do larger sizes, and those that do are not always fashion forward.

But thanks to the likes of Boohoo, Primark and New Look, getting the perfect party look – to flatter rather than swamp curves – is no longer mission impossible.

And with Boxing Day sales just 48 hours away, we’ve scoured the best of the bargains online and on the high street, to bring you the pick of the plus size party mermaid prom dresses for £20 and under...


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This ladylike lace dress hug your curves but not too tightly. A high neckline keeps it elegant even though there’s a lot of leg on show.

It won’t usurp your LBD for staying power, but for a fiver you can’t lose.

Red hot

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This red hot dress would fit right in on the red carpet with a strapless style that shows off shoulders and cleavage.

Wear a well-fitting bra and invest in some boob tape.


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Get ready to dazzle ‘em in this bronze metallic dress.

The full skirt will flatter a pear shape while the slim belt helps to emphasise the waist.

The material may be a little sheer, but at £7 who’s complaining? Just wear it with nude underwear.

Figure skimming

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You'll need bags of confidence to pull off this figure-skimming frock with a deep-plunging neckline.

If you’re blessed with an ample bust it may not be for you but it works wonders at drawing the eye away from heavy hips and tum.

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