I may be in complete denial, but there’s only a few weeks left until we officially hit party season. With many offices actually having their annual celebrations at the end of November, it’s about time we started to get our glad-rags on and hunt out those glitter eyeliners once again! Christmas parties are the best thing ever, even if purely for the opportunity to get all dressed up and enjoy a glass or three of something sparkling, and this year I’ve got a few sassy dresses I know will suit every purpose and keep me feeling fabulous well into the new year. Including this one…
THE MELANIE DRESS
One of those brands that’s an absolute go-to for when you need an elegant party outfit (half my wedding party turned up in ChiChi!) this Christmas season ChiChi London are set to make a real statement and have the pleasure of dressing a fair number of us in beautiful frocks. Although their sizing is a bit all over the place, you can’t fault their designs; every dress has been crafted to enhance our best bits, conceal our worst and make you feel like a princess. Unlike many of the ChiChi dresses already hanging in my wardrobe, the ‘Melanie’ is free from the elements you’d usually associate with them; no lace, no toulle and no foof. Instead the classic and elegant shape flatters my curvy shape and covers my ample bosom with ease, skimming over my hips to leave a silouette that gives me confidence.
I love the pleats and the navy shade, as well as the satin-eque material that keeps it festive and perfect for partying. It’s a style that won’t date or go out of fashion, making it a wise investment that you’ll be wearing for Christmases to come! Paired with my grey suedette biker jacket from River Island to keep out the chill and add a certain edge (if you don’t want to take out a full-on winter coat then bikers are always a great alternative) and this is a look that would make any woman feel ready to paint the town. I just need an invite now…
THE ROSE GOLD ACCESSORIES
My love for anything pink toned and metallic has yet to wane, as you can tell by the accessories I’ve paired the dress with. I picked up these glittery shoes on a whim while in Marks & Spencer, mainly because they’re a great way to spice up an outfit without having to totter around in five inch heels (not a great idea after one too many mulled wines…) The ribbon cross-over fastening is a bit tight and hasn’t been designed for anyone with non-skinny ankles, but needs must; a little sacrifice in comfort pays off in style. They’re really comfy apart from that and just the right height to dance all night, plus they’d look great with a summer dress if you have any weddings in 2018 to plan for.
I’ve matched my glittery footwear to a super affordable metallic bag from Accessorize (£17.00) that’s more than big enough for all my essentials. This was actually one of the bags I took with my to Bali and I used it almost every evening, because the shade just goes with everything; the strap is long-enough to pop across your body when you need your hands free to balance a drink and a mince pie too – always a bonus. Throw in my rose gold mesh watch from Daniel Wellington and my current fave pearl drop earings (simplicity makes such a statement) and the finishing touches really make it. Ta-da! Now, who’s got the prosecco..?
ChiChi London Melanie Dress | £85.00 | LINK
M&S Almond Toe Two Part Court Shoes | £29.50 | LINK
Accessorize Jude Cross-Body Bag | £17.00 | LINK
ASOS Pearl Drop Earrings | £5.00 | LINK
River Island Grey Biker Jacket | £55.00 | SIMILAR HERE
Daniel Wellington Rose Gold Mesh Strap Watch | £55.00 | LINK
Thanks to Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch for the photos!
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