It’s that time of year again when a scroll through your diary makes you look like a professional partygoer. A pub lunch here, a festive cocktail there, a couple of work parties thrown in, and before you know it, you’re all booked up. We’re not complaining, though, as we’re ready to embrace the festive period in all its glory. Plus, the Christmas party season really is the best excuse to go all out when it comes to dressing up. Sparkly earrings and platform sandals? Sure. Metallic gold boots for lunch? Why note! Top it all off with glitter manicures and a blow-dry, and we’re glad of the opportunity to indulge our inner partier.
Ellie goes out all out in a rainbow dress, bright pink bag and bow adorned heels.
Of course, while it’s all rather exciting, each individual event usually requires a different outfit, even one that is made up of some of your favourite wardrobes staples. Fear not, though—we’re here to help. From a black-tie event to a knees-up with friends, we’ve sought inspiration from some of the most stylish ladies on the party circuit for original styling ideas that won’t see you turn up to an event sporting the same look as another guest.
So, sit back, consult that calendar and scroll through the gallery below for five Christmas party outfit ideas you’re sure to rely on this season.
Style Notes: A slip dress never fails, and Chrissy shows how to take it to dinner by shoulder-robing a jumper (no one wants to get chilly at the end of the night) in the same shade. You could also add a blazer if you wanted to cover your arms.
This comes in a range of elevated colours.
You’ll appreciate taking a knit with you when it gets to midnight.
Cream always look so elevated.
This would also be the perfect pressie.
Style Notes: If the dress code is black-tie then it’s time to pull out all stops. With no such think as OTT, you can go as dressy as you like. Keep it sleek, though, and remember an amazing black dress (whether it is a maxi or mini) never fails.
Simple, sleek and oh-so elegant.
Metallics never fail to look fancy.
The sparklier, the better.
They also come in a festive green.
Style Notes: The work party is always a tricky one to navigate. You want to look smart, stylish and confident all at the same time. But it’s also the perfect opportunity to get dressed up so sequins never fail. Instead of a dress, why not try a sleek two-piece?
You’ll find so many fashion insiders sporting their Sleeper sets well beyond the bedroom.
This bag features on my dream party wish list.
A white strappy heel will go with any outfit.
Style Notes: Heading out for cocktails with your best friends somewhere extra fancy? Or heading to a festive soirée with a glam dress code? Take the opportunity to get fully dressed up—it’s party season after all!
Taller Marmo’s iconic dresses come in so many brilliant shades.
To add to every outfit.
These are so similar to Zeena’s glitter platforms.
Style Notes: While a lunch out with friends or family (whether it is at a cosy pub with a roaring fire or a buzzy hot-spot with cocktails) means you can go a bit more casual than with other looks, it’s still a great excuse to get dressed up. Consider a knitted co-ord and heels or, like Franny, opt for knee-high boots and a midi dress in deep tones.
The Vampire’s Wife always delivers when it comes to amazing dresses that you can dress up and down. You’ll wear this gorgeous style way beyond party season.
Add a great clutch bag to make the look feel even more special.
Opt for gold hoops or something sparkly, the choice is yours and both will go well with a dress-and-boot combo.
I’ve had my eye on these M&S boots for a while now…
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.