Call me Mystic Meg, but I predict the party season is going to start early this year. With Christmas falling on a Monday, we have such a long run up to the big day, that the cut off for more public festivities is sooner than usual. The first Christmas party I’m attending is the office one on 6th December, themed (my heart sinks) “glamorous”. Grinchiness, begone. I imagine I’m not alone in feeling in need of a little seasonal sparkle this year.
Fortunately, the high street loves a bit of satin and tat. And sequins. And gold. And velvet. So where to start? I, like most of us, have a wardrobe full of ex-party dresses, so I don’t want to get too carried away. Anything I buy has to have a half-life of at least Christmas Day, Boxing Day and as many of the 12 days as it (or I) can stagger through.
Here are some of my top picks.
Kitri has some lovely special occasion wear. I am a fan of their black, wide-legged silk trousers. But this dress (now, sadly sold out in green but still available in red) is interesting and festive without looking like you’ve tried too hard. Or that you’ve come out in your underwear.
Kitri, Simone dress, red silk £195 BUY ME HERE
For something a little racier, this wrap dress, with a frilled neck line and tie front in scarlet velvet is suitably head-turning.
AERYNE red velvet wrap dress from Own The Look, £48.97
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If it’s versatility you’re after, this little scalloped edged dress from Whistles will get you through a work drinks, a neighbourly mince pie or even family Boxing Day and still leave room for extras of trifle.
Whistles, Red crepe, scalloped trim shift dress, £104.25. BUY ME HERE
Kitri comes up trumps again with these two beauties. The devore velvet dress in black is one of those pieces you’ll come back to again and again. The silver sequin, open shoulder version is just plain jaw dropping.
Kitri, Jeanette devore dress £115
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Kitri, Juliette dress, silver, £145 BUY ME HERE
This satin number from Arket has zero hanger appeal (like quite a lot of Arket clothes in my humble opinion) but don’t let that put you off. Wear it when you’re going somewhere with good central heating (I know, I know, I sound like my mother!) though you can pair it with a sheer top underneath for less draft occasions.
Arket, Stain satin midi dress, £79 BUY ME HERE
If you don’t want to be tied into wintery colours, consider this ladylike pink velvet number. Its Mrs Minerva vibe makes it really MOST refined.
Whistles Alexandra dress, £ 224.45 BUY ME HERE
Jumpsuits are having a moment (well, around my house anyway). They solve the annoying issue of having to find tights the dog hasn’t plucked that comes with a dress. Amongst the lovely velvet pieces around at the moment is this Cos beauty, which puts me somewhat in mind of the great Katherine Hepburn’s style.
COS, Velvet belted jumpsuit, £135 BUY ME HERE
If your taste for understatement is more refined, perhaps this dungaree version, again from Whistles, might suit you?
Whistles, Orla Jump suit £146.25 BUY ME HERE
Finally, you may want, as I occasionally do, to throw all caution to the wind. In that case, consider this little beauty. Chuck it on and no one will give a second thought to what you’re wearing underneath.
TOP SHOP, sequin and marabou jacket, £150 BUY ME HERE
Next week: party shoes.