Partywear that will see you through the season
Party dressing - you either love the ritual of finding the perfect outfit, or the idea brings you out in hives. Preparing for the big office do, New Year's Eve or a festive celebration is never a five minute job, but it doesn't have to be too stressful. The high street is stuffed full of dresses, skirts, jumpsuits and even 'formal' jeans this season, but how do you decide what works for you when you don't have the luxury of 2 hours to get ready? Well, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to help...here are three very easy ways to make sure you feel fab this festive season!
The Day To Night Dress
This ASOS cowl back midi dress (£28) is perfect if you need to do a quick change for a party after work and have limited handbag space to carry things around with you. With a blazer (like Forever 21's £32.75 bargain) or cardigan over the top it looks like a perfectly modest midi dress, suitable for the office with some classic black shoes (£39.99 at Clarks). But take your jacket off, and the low cowl back comes into its own. Just pull your hair up into a messy bun, add a necklace worn down your back (Jenny Packham's deco style tassel chain (£32) looks brilliant worn this way) and slip on some silver shoes (Dune's 'Sigmund' heels are a great treat at £195) and you're ready to party!
The Multiway Dress
If you have a lot of events to attend over the festive season but not enough cash to buy a gorgeous gown for each one, a convertible dress might be the perfect solution. These styles come with long, wide straps that can be twisted and wrapped in dozens of different ways to give you a new look every time you wear the dress. They're often promoted as bridesmaid dresses, but work just as well for formal events. Twobirds is the place to go for the most glamorous offering at £215, but if you're on a budget, there are loads of cheaper options available on ebay starting at about £10. Monif C makes a very sexy version in plus sizes, as does Simply Be.
The Full-on Festive Number
This is the one time of year you can go all out with sparkle, glitter, sequins, jewels and diamante, so why not embrace that? Some say 'red and green should never be seen' but Christmas is the exception so go crazy and pile on more baubles than a Christmas tree. If this New Look sequinned dress (£39.99) worn with bejewelled shoes from Kurt Geiger (£79) and a sparkly knuckleduster clutch (£19.99) doesn't get you in the festive mood, nothing will! You can team it with black or gold if the red is too much (or to keep the dress going until New Year).