From Dita Von Teese-inspired lace bodices and slinky silhouettes to the more demure and dainty crochet and tulle-covered dresses, our styling team showcase the top three ways to wear lace dresses for Christmas party season, with a little help from our favourite A-list lace lovers... Vintage vixen The lace dress lends itself perfectly to the covetable vintage look as championed by Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Erdem this season, with its classic credentials and vampy edge. Channel Dita Von Teese’s sultry Old Hollywood style in a floor-length lace gown and if you’re keen to cover up your arms copy her sultry sheer sleeves for covered-up confidence. Alternatively make like Amy Adams whose Elie Saab lace prom dress features sexy sheer detailing balanced with a full voluminous voile knee-length skirt for the ultimate 1950s housewife style. More of a Mad Men girl? Hilary Swank knows her stuff when it comes to lace dresses and her ravishing red lace dress is ideal for Christmas party season and will nip and elongate all body shapes.

Shop the lace dresses, left to right: Aftershock London Dunston Maxi Dress, £251; Kate Fearnley Blue Gracy Dress, £186; Lipstick Boutique Frankie Dress in Red, £60.

Ladylike and lovely Ladylike style and lace go hand in hand and if you take a leaf out of Dolce and Gabbana and Victoria Beckham’s look book nothing is more elegant than a demure midi-length lace dress. Kate Nash can credit much of her style transformation to the chic black lace dress. At the Pride of Britain Awards recently Kate donned a super-flattering midi lace dress complete with bingo wing-concealing long lace sleeves and a vintage-esque gold belt to nip her in at the middle. Hailee Steinfeld went for a similar style in her high neck mid-length baroque and lace effect dress by Erdem. We love how she teamed the ladylike style with sheer shoe boots for an edgy twist. More mature ladies and those looking for an afternoon tea-worthy lace dress, take a leaf out of screen siren Julianne Moore’s book and go for a complementary nude coloured crochet frock with full-length sleeves, which works to elongate the limbs, and a modest knee-length cut.

Shop the lace dresses, left to right: Body Frock Grace Lacy Dress in Navy, £175; Rock-a-Bye Rosie Leah Dress in Cream, £55; Fazane Malik Ann Cocktail Dress, £70.

Seriously sultry Lace is undeniably one of the sexiest fabrics around and with designers like Alexander McQueen and Lanvin sending night dress-like lace dresses down the AW13 runways this is a Christmas party dress trend you (and your boyfriend!) don’t want to miss out on…   Luisa Zissman sizzled at the Pride of Britain Awards in a full-length fishtail lace dress - take note, because this extravagant trend is going nowhere when it comes to Christmas party dresses - which helped to balance out the sexy lace dress fabric and deep V-neckline! Joss Stone went down a similar route with her flesh-coloured lace dress designed carefully to cling to her best assets, emphasising her womanly silhouette. Going one step further Jennifer Lopez also opted for a revealing lace panel dress, which teamed with velvet and dark, vampy make-up, made quite the statement. If you're looking for a show-stopping look for Christmas parties to come, this is it!  

Shop the lace dresses, left to right: Honor Gold Angie Dress, £74.95; Lipstick Boutique Leila Dress in Black/Nude, £80; Ukulele Grunge Dress, £148.

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