Christmas 2013 is set to be a cold one, but that is no excuse for failing to step out in some of the party season's hottest looks.

When it comes to special occasions this year, make sure you stand out from the crowd. It's all about fearless and feminine chic, which is easily attainable by experimenting with colours, fabrics and textures.

Picking the perfect dress for a special occasion can be a tough task, but with a good idea of how to make the most of the latest trends, you are sure to be looking your best over the festive period.

Feel good

Texture is one of the most important buzzwords of the moment in the fashion world – and Christmas will see more of the same. Playful chiffon overlays on some of AW13's hottest dresses create a flirty and feminine look that will have all eyes on you.

Our feature strap soft neck dress is sure to turn more than a few heads at the office party. The garment features a black waistband and pleated skirt for an ultra-glamorous look. Wear it with killer heels to create the perfect showstopping outfit.

If longer length garments are more your bag, the chiffon look is easily adaptable for your occasion wear style. The strappy button front midi dress can be spruced up with statement jewellery and stilettos, or edged out with a grungy jacket.

The lightweight dress features double-thin straps, a button-through front and lined body, finished with slits to the hem and a crossover strap detail on the back.

Dare to bare

If not even a little snow will stop you flashing your pins this Christmas, then there is a wide selection of mini-dresses that are bang on-trend this year. Again, play with textures and fits when selecting your Christmas wardrobe.

The baroque jacquard dress features panels of monochrome baroque print which create a feminine silhouette – perfect for ladies of any shape and size.