Shoppers are in awe after getting their hands on a new dress at Marks and Spencer that many say 'boosts their confidence'. For £49.50, the retailer's Sequin Ruched Midi Column dress has been showered with praise online and is "perfect" for the Christmas party season.

The sparkly frock has a midi-length skirt and long-fitted sleeves, helping wearers stay warm in the cold weather while still looking stylish. The garment also features a fitted bodice with the skirt flowing out slightly at the waist, making for a gorgeous silhouette on most body types, as reported by Bristol Live.

A description of the dress on M&S reads: "You'll be sure to shine on special occasions in this sequinned column dress. It's cut to a regular fit, with an elegant high neckline and long sleeves. The midi-length design is made with added stretch for a flexible feel and fastens with a neat zip at the back. Ruched detailing at the waist provides a flattering finish".

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Shoppers have said they are delighted by the dress and have given it an overall rating of 4.6 out of five stars online with plenty of reviews. One shopper, known as Diversue, wrote: "Looks better than I expected, flatters curves. Hangs well. True to size."

Another buyer from Cheshire said the dress heighted her confidence adding: “Confidence Boosting Dress. Love this dress. It is so comfortable and has high impact too. Wore it last weekend to an event and my husband said "wow" when he saw me in it.”

M&S party dress that shoppers claim to be ‘confidence boosting’
M&S party dress that shoppers claim to be ‘confidence boosting’

Lucybakescakes typed: "Lovely, very flattering. Love the waistline & split." Bestmands put: "Fabulous dress, love the silvery shine. Fits true to size and has plenty of pizzazz! Really sparkles under the lights."

Unfortunately, some shoppers weren't as happy, particularly with the length of the dress. BlingSuzy said: "I am 5ft 3 and a size 14 so purchased a 16 petite and 14 regular. The 16 petite came down to my ankles so they both were returned."

Other shoppers were satisfied with their purchase but were concerned that the quality would be affected after washing it. Blueeyes64 said in a four star review: "I bought this for my daughter for Xmas. She tried it on to ensure it fitted and loved it. I have marked it down by a star as she hasn't worn it or washed it yet. I bought a size 10 short length."

If you're loving sparkly dresses this party season, then you might also like the £59 Sequin Round Neck Midi Bodycon Dress from M&S. For a more subtle sparkle, M&S also have its £35 Metallic Ruched Midi Bodycon Dress and is available in blue or gold.

Alternatively, New Look have a range of sparkling Christmas party dresses including the £20.39 Silver Metallic Foil Cross Back Slip Midaxi Dress. Or, shoppers can buy the Silver Stripe Sequin Cut Out Ultra Mini Dress

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