I'm all for trying something a little more adventurous than your average party dress, so I've picked top five party shorts. How fun do the words party shorts sound? Anyway from the OTT high-waisted lamé shorts from American Apparel (where else?!) to the grown-up glam of French Connection's wool shorts you're bound to find something that suits you. Liven things up with a pair of patterned or coloured tights, or if you want to go for the bookish look try lace up shoes with a shirt and some sparkly tights for contrast.

Clockwise frim left: Dock shorts French Connection: £50. Metallic hotpant, Topshop: £30.
Richard Nicholl satin shorts, Browns: £325
. Full Circle stripe shorts, Oli: £30.
High-waist Vegas short, American Apparel: £17