Halloween was almost a month ago which means your Facebook notification feed should now be filling up with invitations to Christmas and New Year balls, events and parties. Of course, you want to take advantage of the one time in the year when it’s acceptable to go overboard on sequins, beading and extravagant materials such as velvet and satin… but which party dresses should you invest in?
One of the most popular materials for the festive period is velvet. Not only does it look luxurious and chic but it is also so comfortable, it almost feels like you’re still wearing your reindeer print pyjamas! Velvet has the added advantage of being stretchy, meaning you can enjoy the Xmas buffet to your heart’s content, the outfit will work with you. Combined with a faux fur coat and metallic jewellery, velvet is perfect for any Christmas-do. Although it traditionally comes in dark colours like black, navy or green, 2017 has seen brighter colours such as red, yellow and pink.
For example, Zara’s pleated velvet midi skirt in fuschia pink (£24.99) is a great investment for the Christmas scene. The versatility of this piece means you can adapt it to any style; it can be accessorised with a warm cardigan/jumper and snow boots or styled with a leather jacket and heels, to suit every occasion from mince pies with the family, to champagne and cocktails with the girls. The stunning pink is a playful colour whilst the movement of the skirt gives it a sophisticated look.
Of course nothing says Christmas sparkle better than metallics.
Whether you opt for fearless all-out shimmer or choose more subtle metallic appliqués, you are bound to spread Christmas cheer. With metallics, there can be a danger of looking tacky so try pairing over the top pieces with a casual jacket and avoid wearing too much jewellery. This Topshop dress (£32) is a great option as the dark colour makes it very wearable. Unless it’s a cosmic theme event keep your makeup matte, either keep it classy with neutral colours or steal the show with brights, but if you have pale skin try warm colours to avoid looking washed out.
This year as well as the usual sequins, the shops are full of feathered items too, so why not swap your faux-fur jacket for a feather textured coat to stay on trend. The feathered hem is a particular festive favourite, a style that can add detail and class to an otherwise plain outfit. This creates a hypnotic bounce when you walk and can transform a normal party dress into a Christmas party dress. Just be warned this is definitely going to be a dry clean only affair.
One of the best things about Christmas is that it suddenly becomes acceptable to wear sequins, all day everyday.
The sparkle looks lovely on all body shapes as they catch the light and dazzle. For loose-fitting garments, larger sequins are great as they move with the fabric, whilst tighter fitting dresses are better suited to smaller sequins as these will accentuate your figure.
A final tip for dressing the Christmas season is to mix textures. This will help avoid looking like a 9-year-old at a birthday party. Sequins, mesh, feather, velvet and metallics can all be combined to create awe-inspiring looks. Don’t be afraid to be too bold with your Christmas party looks, there is no such thing as over-the-top during the festive period!