It's only 12 working days until Christmas! Over at Shoewawa there's a countdown of the 12 shoes of of course you're going to need the dresses to go with them. So for the next dozen days, I'll be seeking out the most gorgeous Christmas party frocks for you. Starting with this one...

Satin 'Sophia' dress by Milly £245 / $335 at Net a Porter
A gorgeous screen siren dress for flattering curves, it's a great alternative to the sell-out 'Galaxy' dress by Roland Mouret. It may still be seriously pricey, but the cheap alternatives aren't a patch on it. If you really can't justify the cost, try Oasis (£50), New Look (£35) or ASOS (£35) for affordable alternatives.