How to dress for the party season
It’s that time of year when the Christmas parties are fast approaching and the thorny question of what to wear rears its ugly head.
It’s not always that easy to decide on what to wear and how formal/ dressed up/ casual to be. It’s a thin line between boring and over the top !
Here are just a few ideas of outfits to give you some inspiration for the festive season, and to take you from the office Christmas party through to New Year’s Eve !
Dress it up!
Bewitch in black
I’m a great fan of dresses and you can’t go wrong with a LBD. You can choose how much to dress it up or down, and you can even make some last minute changes when you arrive at the party!
For example, pop a statement necklace or some dressy earrings in your bag and when you arrive at the party if you feel underdressed just add some jewellery.
You can dress it up with a sparkly clutch and some heels too!
My first option is a very simple black dress (above, from ‘The Kooples’ (last season, similar here), which you can choose to accessorise as much or as little as you like.
Glitter in gold
If you can’t wear gold at the Christmas party, when can you ? So , my next pick is this muted metallic dress (from ‘Michael Kors, again a few seasons ago), which has a hint of gold.
Rebel in red
Red is always a good option for this time of year, and the dress above in simple red silk (‘Whistles’ – last season, similar here) can also be dressed up or down. If you want to wear this in the day, just throw a black jumper over the top and pair with some boots for a dressed down version!
Opt for separates
If you’re not a fan of party dresses, and/or the party takes place during the daytime, you may feel more comfortable choosing glamorous separates.
You can pair an elegant pair of dressy trousers, or a dressy skirt with a glamorous silk or sparkly top.
I recommend black, wide leg trousers or a lace, pencil skirt as this classic silhouette is very flattering and glamorous, and you can then dress up or down with a sparkly top or a simple silk shirt.
Similarly, a dressy skirt with a simple black top has the same impact.
Dress up your jeans
If all of the above are too dressy for your taste, you can even choose to glam up your favorite jeans.
In this case, I would opt for sophisticated dark blue or black jeans and follow the tips above for black trousers.
It’s all in the details
A simple matter of updating your accessories can also transform your look. Here are a few ideas you might like to try.
Dress up your outfit with a great pair of heels – the simpler your oufit, the more you can experiment with heels. (for example, pairing bright red stilletos with a LBD). The heels above are from Kurt Geiger and you can find them here .
A statement clutch, such as this one from very.co.uk will instantly make your outfit more dressy, and at just over £5 is a fantastic bargain.
This is the time you can have fun with your make-up, especially for an evening event. Try a gold eyeshadow and/or a bright, red lip!
I hope you find these tips helpful and that you have a fun, festive period. What are you planning to wear this holiday season? Have you already found your outfits? As always, I love to have feedback, so please do leave comments and tell me what you will be wearing this Christmas.
You can also contact me via e-mail if you would like any advice or just to chat.
Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!