Whether it’s the office Christmas party, the annual Christmas soiree you host or a festive girls’ night out, here’s how I’m styling out the season for parties.
Borrowing from the boys this Christmas with a classic tuxedo is an instant win. A tailored look can take you from day to night, lunch or a cocktail party. Add some lace and a pair of stilettoes and a chic tux will take you through the festive season in both style and comfort.
Elegant velvet is the fabric of the season. Couple this with a luxe rich hue and you are onto a party hit. This season crank up your style factor in an asymmetric little number in the season must-have velvet, such as a bodycon midi dress which has just the right amount of head turning wow factor.
If you want to be timelessly elegant in a classic little black dress, then add a twist to make it your own. Try embellishments, brocades, textures or a geometric lace to really lift the traditional LBD from a traditional staple to a modern party stunner. Add a pop of colour with your accessories.
A sparkly shoe is a must for the season that glitters. A satin festive stiletto will take you comfortably from daytime occasion to all-night dancing, beautifully lift tuxedo tailoring and bringing a modern finesse to a trusty LBD. In fact, you won’t need to over-think the rest of your look with a party-perfect pair of bejeweled heels, as they will do all the talking.
Don’t forget the finishing touches to ensure your party outfit looks seamless. Shapewear can be key to making your party outfit look its best. Whether it’s a figure-sculpting body, waist cincher or multi-way bra, these added assets secretly give your look its final seamless finish.
Lorraine Shailer is Head of Clothing & Home for Marks & Spencer Bermuda. She has worked with the company for almost six years with a focus on buying and merchandising the Ladies and Lingerie department. Her regular trips to buying events keeps her up-to-date with the global fashion market and trends, along with her personal love for all things style related.