Parties. So wonderful in prospect. So annoying in practice. I love the idea of dressing up but by the time party day dawns, I’m either heading out from the office, wearing nothing more festive than a coffee stain or I’m lying on the sofa with a fistful of Quality Street and a bad case of ‘can’t be arsed -itis”.
So I don’t sink into the life of a hermit, I need easy to wear party clothes. Anything that needs a two week spa stay to look good is just no good. Anything that needs depilation/special underwear/sky high heels/sheer tights? Forgeddabouddit! I’m after easy, nay, comfy to wear, dressy clothes. If you feel the same, here’s how to satisfy your inner magpie and look like you’ve made a great deal of effort whilst making as little as possible.
As a shoe slut, I naturally start feet first. Never mind, my mum used to tell me no one ever looks at your shoes at a party. Let me tell you, I do! Here are some of my favourites. For those who really can’t bear anything too formal, I have my eye on these special edition trainers from Saucony. They come in an almost-subtle blue or a brighter red than Santa’s underpants. I promise you they will bring you an everlasting supply of Christmas cheer every time you glance down.
Saucony special edition glitter trainers, ASOS White, £85 BUY ME HERE
For something dressier, these Bimba Y Lola courts will convey you from A to Part-ay without any crippling “get these shoes off me” moments (and that pink heel is just adorable).
Glitter courts, Bimba Y Lola, £125 BUY ME HERE
Really not feeling it? Completely stumped? Here’s a lovely shiny Miss Selfridge rucksack – pure practicality despite being scintillatingly sparkly – a girl needs somewhere to stow a bottle of wine, after all. And at least you’ll look festive on the way home.
Sequinned back pack, Miss Selfridge at ASOS, £39 BUY ME HERE
One of the worst times to get me in the party mood is when I’m all hygge-ed up at home – fire blazing, Muppet Christmas Carol on the telly, cup of tea in hand. Fanfare and drum roll… introducing, sparkly pull on trousers. The perfect comfy but celebratory wear for the lazy gal with fomo. They require no waxing; no rummaging through a octopus of tights; in fact no preparation at all.
I have an old pair of Marcus Lupfer glittery sweatpants, bought on a whim in a sale a few years ago, which do sterling service in these moments. But this year, there are plenty of high street options. From the frankly full on TopShop sparklers (wear under a long, plain tunic top) to these & Other Stories wide legged pants (which will see you through parties for years to come), there are a range of options for the couch potato.
Sequinned trousers, & Other Stories, £90 BUY ME HERE
Silver sequinned leggings, Top Shop, £59 BUY ME HERE
Silver cigarette trousers with split hem, ZARA, £39.99 BUY ME HERE
Finally, for a super easy, Santa-tastic Christmas Day outfit, think outside the box. I’m going for pyjama bottoms worn as trousers because they are very, very comfortable. These deep red beauties from the Rosie collection at M&S, would make a great party basic (and since you have to buy the whole set, they can double as posh pjs). Add a slouchy top and a glass of fizz and you’re all set to celebrate. Ho, Ho, Ho!
Scarlet silk pyjamas, Rosie for M&S, £99 BUY ME HERE