Christmas isn’t all gifts and decorations… ok, so it mostly is – but for us shopaholics, the festive season is as much about your party outfit as it is your pear tree! If you’re about to attend one of MANY Christmas ‘do’s’, here are 5 fashion related things you do NOT want to forget.
First up, and probably the most important – your party dress! Duh! Buying a new one every year has become somewhat of a tradition for us… the annual last minute trip to the shops, entering each one 100% certain ‘the perfect dress’ will be right there in front of us but alas, never finding it, and settling for something online that arrives the day of the party. Boo. If you’ve still got a bit of browsing time though, you can expect to find sequins, lace, ruffles, high necks, plunging v’s, bodycon, sleeveless, long sleeve, fluted, shift, skater – the lot – on next.co.uk. Go take a look!
Not feeling a dress this year? Read this post for 6 alternative but equally sassy options.
The second thing NOT to be without this party season is smoothing shapewear – A.K.A control pants. In order to look and feel confident, a ‘shaping body’ like the one below is everything you need and then some. As well as holding you in in all the right places, it smooths any lumps and bumps making your super sexy LBD a little more forgiving! Has your dress got a tricky neck line or low back? The multiway straps mean it can be worn 4 ways so you’ll be digging it out time and time again! Shop this and other shapewear solutions here.
Now that your dress and shapewear solutions are sorted, it’s onto accessories. Going ‘out out’ tends to mean opting for a smaller bag – and from experience, we know that a tote does not compliment the ‘Single Ladies’ routine. It’s clunky, it’s not ‘Beyoncé’, so we recommend a clutch – it’s MUCH more agile. Plus, how often do we just throw our bags on the floor anyway? If a bag-less boogy is up your street, do not buy a light coloured satin number that’s only going to attract water marks from all the spilled booze! Something patent (wipe clean!) or sequiny is ideal for hiding a multitude of marks.
Shoes-wise, we would advise going for a chunkier heel to save your feet from the harsh realities of dancing for 5 hours straight, but it’s Christmas – so of COURSE you’re going to go for a sky-high stiletto. They’ll end up on the floor with your clutch bag anyway.
The penultimate thing NOT to forget is jewels. We tend to supersize everything at Christmas, our food and drink intake, the size of our stiletto heels and our jewellery. If you find yourself unleashing your inner magpie during the party season – you’re not alone. The added glitz and glamour has us opting for statement pieces we’d otherwise leave to our fashionista friends, but we don’t care… because it’s Christmas. The general rule of thumb? If you think you’ve gone a bit OTT, be sure to remove one piece of jewellery before leaving the house…
The fifth and final thing not forget this festive season is FRAGRANCE! A spritz of perfume not only completes your look, but it could well leave a lasting impression on your Christmas party crush. Can’t decide on just one? Our Seven Scents Wardrobe means you’ve got lots of choice depending on how you’re feeling, plus they’re small enough to pop one in your bag for top ups on trips to the ladies!
Ok so we’re ALMOST finished, but we thought we’d end on a bonus point! As well as nailing your party look, accessories and scent, don’t forget we’re here to make your lives easier. Did you know you can order right up until 12 midnight for next day delivery as standard? That way, you can spend loaaads more time doing the things you love, and stressing LESS about shopping!