With Christmas party dressing, as with any other occasion, it’s all about making a statement – and that means one statement not a whole chapter of them!
Choose one traffic stopping dress an amazing pair of statement heels or perhaps a substantial piece of jewellery and build your look around that – be dramatic by all means but do it with style.
Dresses are the ultimate in easy dressing and, if you’re going straight from work to event, choose a simple design and dress it up for evening with some party shoes and accessories – you’ll look chic and sophisticated especially if everyone else is in lurex and lame!
Colour is a big story this season and it’s fun to be festive in a red, green or purple dress. And all these colours look amazing teamed with gold shoes and accessories.
If you’re going for black – and why not, it’s still the most popular choice for evening wear by a mile – it’s the perfect backdrop for host of looks. Animal prints are very on trend right now and a pair of leopard print heels will dress up a little black dress a treat, beware of leopard overload though; shoes and perhaps a fur tippet or handbag will look dramatic but go furthest and you’ll veer dangerously into barmaid territory! Team with a chunky matt gold cuff or collar for an exotic effect. Black always looks amazing with diamonds, crystals or any kind of sparkle. Vintage dress clips can turn a simple but dramatic dinner dress into something very festive.
Choosing a more covered up style of dress – sleeves and a longer hem for example – is not only practical for this time of year but it’s dramatic and sophisticated when the world around you may be in strapless micro minis.
And if you’re going to be doing a lot of dancing, choose some shoes that you can actually dance gracefully in, no point in ruining a fine pair of shoes (and your dignity) struggling in the wrong shoes however pretty they are.
Another tip for instant glamour is to add a pair of long leather gloves; black tunes in to the current ‘fetish’ trend but a rich jewel colour can look incredibly stylish teamed with a black or navy dress.
Of course it’s vital that your carefully constructed outfit doesn’t overshadow the star of the show – you. Clothes should never wear you; rather, they should be the setting, as with a fine piece of jewellery, to showcase you as the jewel. Hair and make up play a big part in completing your look and emphasising your features. But when time is short one of the quickest and most effective ways to achieve a glamorous evening face is to apply some false eyelashes. For a slant eyed but subtle effect we like to cut our strip lashes in two (added bonus – 2 pairs for the price of one) and apply to the outer half of our lids. Team with some red lipstick and even in the simplest black shift, you’ll look dressed up, grown up – and fabulous.