It’s that time of year again – time for turkey, mince pies, friends, family and Christmas parties galore. The shop windows are decked out with their blingiest offerings and fanciest fabrics, ready for you to get glammed up to celebrate the holiday season. But with so many different things available, what should you chose to wear to your Christmas party this year? Here are some tips on which outfits suit which shapes and occasions, and how to accessorise them.
The classic outfit for a Christmas party is an evening dress, and there are many great styles and designs available on the high street. When shopping for evening dresses you will want to look for something that suits both your figure and your own personal style. Bodycon dresses are great for boyish frames or hourglass girls, but are quite unforgiving if you’ll be eating a full meal at your party. Skater dresses are fab for apple shaped ladies, as they nip in at the waist and flare out from that point, skimming the bum and thighs. Go for a fabric you love, and don’t be afraid to go daring as Christmas is the one time of year you can get away with velveteen or sequins.
If you are usually a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, and really don’t feel comfortable in a dress, then opt for a pair of nicely tailored trousers and a shirt and jacket. This look is still very smart, and bang on trend as the androgynous look is back in fashion. For a feminine edge consider a coloured shirt in a pastel tone, or with a print. Or, if you are feeling really daring, find a jacked that can be worn with just a bralet. Just don’t forget the tape!
Getting dressed up is a fabulous excuse to pop on a pair of your favourite heels and strut your stuff. Consider where your party is being held and any activities you will need to take part in first however, as you don’t want to be uncomfortable if you are standing for a long period of time. If heels aren’t your cup of tea, then invest in a pair of smart ballet pumps or flats. These look super smart teamed with a pair of wintery 60 denier black tights, which will keep you snug as a bug too.
It’s Christmas – so more is more! Don’t hold back on the bling, and accessorise with your sparkliest, most eye-catching jewellery. Do try and stick to the old rules though and wear studs if your wearing a necklace, and larger earrings if not. You don’t want to distract too much from your outfit. Gold is always a winner in winter as it is warmer than silver, but both look great with a party frock when worn the right way.
Get your glad rags on and let your hair down, you’ve earnt it over the course of the year! Enjoy shopping and getting ready for your party as much as actually going, after all, it’s all part of the experience.