With December just around the corner and a calendar full of party invitations, the race to secure the perfect Christmas party outfit is on. The next 6 or so weeks are sure to be a blur of sequins, sparkle, disco metallics and feathers galore. After all, when else is it socially acceptable to dress to the nines every day?

However, when it comes to Christmas party shopping it’s easy to get swept away; caught up in a giddy concoction of new season sales, festive fervour and flashy fad trends. It’s enough to leave us with a staggering pile of fast fashion party wear sure to gather dust for the next 11 months. What we really need at this time of year are beautiful, quality pieces that we can wear long after the Christmas lights have come down – pieces we can easily incorporate into our existing wardrobe and re-purpose for all types of occasions.

Proving that Christmas party wear doesn’t have an expiry date is Marks & Spencer, whose new-in party collection has all the elements of a great festive wardrobe that can be re-worked endlessly. Think slick jacquard trousers, floaty blouses and velvet two-piece suits that wouldn’t look out of place in the office, glitzy sequinned, satin and leather midi skirts you can easily dress up or down, and versatile dresses in the silhouette of the season – high-necked and long sleeved. Not to mention plenty of sequinned and metallic party staples to satisfy even the biggest magpie.

It’s a collection that is getting us even more excited for the run-up to Christmas, so in true festive spirit, we’ve put together our own Octer edit of M&S’s party best. From tricky office parties to family gatherings, these are the items you need to keep your wardrobe ticking on through the advent and beyond.