The festive season is upon us, which probably means your diary is suddenly filling up with upcoming parties, lunches and family gatherings. If the thought of coming up with stylish Christmas party outfits for all these occasions fills you with dread, fear not! Our expert editors are here to help. We’ve got style tips for all types of dress code, to help you get through the festive season in style.
The work party
Don’t let the annual work party get you into a panic – this is the perfect opportunity to showcase some personal style. It might sound tricky to master the perfect festive look while maintaining a sense of professionalism, but dressing for the work do needn’t be so bewildering. The key is simply to choose an outfit that makes you feel confident. Show a more glamorous side of yourself by experimenting with textures and a touch of sparkle, but don’t feel that you have to meet your colleagues looking like a bauble. To ensure you’re still taken seriously while looking your best, try metallic separates, eye-catching embellishments and quirky knits.
If you’re still stuck, the little black dress is a fail-safe option. Try to avoid a solid block of black by livening up this key piece with stand-out accessories, or at least soften the look by choosing lace or velvet. Tip: Long sleeves balance a shorter hemline.
The black tie event
A full length gown is the go-to choice for formal events, but a cocktail dress can also look stunning, so long as the hemline isn’t too short and the style isn’t too revealing. If you won’t be opting for a maxi number, try to stick to below-the-knee or midi length dresses so you definitely won’t have to worry about breaking the dress code.
Black tie events are actually amongst the most straightforward to dress for – simply wear a dress that looks smart! It doesn’t have to be black, so don’t be afraid of getting in the festive spirit with bold colours to create a chic statement look. The main thing to remember when shopping for a black-tie-appropriate outfit is to dress for your shape and size, and to think about accessories as you go. A gorgeous pair of heels, glittering necklace or bright red lip can transform an outfit, and should definitely be planned in advance to achieve the desired effect.
The house party
The house party dress code much depends on whose house you’ll be visiting, but you can’t go wrong with a smart-casual look that has a chic festive twist. Try pairing a flattering pair of jeans or relaxed trousers with a Christmassy sequined top, look to embellished accessories for a glittery finish or team a festive party skirt with a cosy winter knit.
The festive lunch date
Has any occasion ever called more for the trusted jeans-and-a-nice-top combo? Jazz up this classic outfit with luxe fabrics, looking to lace, velvet and sequins to give your smart-casual look a festive finish. If your lunch date with old friends is likely to turn into evening drinks, simply add heels and you’re good to go.