Ok, so, not having ever been an office worker, the whole office Christmas party has rather escaped me in the past. However the season is fast approaching according to my lovely twitter informants and I thought it was high time I did a little round up of festive frocks.
First up, the glitter gang. I love a sequinned frock, really I do, and I have walked into several shops of late open mouthed and squealing with excitement to see yet another sequinned dress. And therein lies the problem. They are everywhere.
Now, if you’re the type of person who dresses for yourself and hang the rest, then this is still the dress for you. But if there’s a remote whiff of self doubt there and the sight of someone in the same dress will send you straight to the
bar loos with tears in your eyes, choose something else. Once the dress for the super confident, sequinned dresses are now for the masses, be warned.
All that said, there are some stunning examples and I have included a few here, chosen for their qualities aside from style (which is a given on these pages!) Despite the above I’ll be struggling to take my own advice and not make a purchase.
For those who don’t suit a high neck, which all the current sequinned dress offerings seem to have, try this V-neck champagne sequin dress from Dorothy Perkins. If you’re not one for tight numbers, this one-sleeved seventies sleeve number from Warehouse is low key luxe. Or, if you want an investment, this classic black strapless tube dress from French Connection will take you from Christmas eve to New Years eve, office party to birthday party and girls night out.
Want to do festive sparkle but not fancying the glitter factory explosion of an all-over sequinned dress? Nail the tribal trend with this beaded Warehouse number, or be super stylish in black and gold chevrons, also Warehouse. If you’re feeling a little bit more rock chick, the lines of this panelled dress from French Connection are super flattering and it’s an edgier look that will last beyond Christmas.
Next, a colour that’s just perfect for Christmas, but also happens to be bang on trend right now. There’s something about red (well, it did inspire a song…) that makes it a statement of confidence, no matter how you are feeling. I also like that when a dress is red, you can wear a simpler shape, something more demure and still look super sexy like this Warehouse midi dress. Ted Baker have also come up trumps with a flirty ruffled number and classic-as-you-like, preppy self-striped frock. I love.
Black is always a winner, and although it’s not a colour I wear, there are some really great black dresses around at the moment. My advice would be to steer clear of anything too classic and mix it up with sheers, try leather or this super fun polka dot number by Topshop Dress Up. Chiffon and sheer pleat dress, Mango. Embellished sleeve dress, Topshop.
Now, I know this is supposed to be party ‘frocks’ BUT, something occurred to me while I was putting this together… is the reign of the party dress over? There are so many other options right now, and separates are a massive trend – I’ve never been tempted to overlook the dress but shorts and jumpsuits are all I can think of when it comes to rocking a trend right now. So, if you’re not a frock girl or want to stay right at the front of the trends, here are my picks for festive style…
Polka dot jumpsuit, Whistles.
Print jumpsuit, Ted Baker.
Sequinned shorts, Warehouse.
And yes. My top choice of shop to get your sparkling festive fashion needs sorted if you’re short on time? You guessed it. Warehouse.
So, let’s hear about your party dresses, or if you have spotted something here that you’ll be seeking out for party action. Tomorrow we’ll talk party accessories from heels to handbags to complete your look