It’s the only time of year it’s always acceptable to overdress, when sparkles go with everything and wearing (fake) fur makes you feel more like an extra in a festive movie than it does like you should be heading down the Rovers Return. Yep, it’s party season! Even though I work for myself (mostly from the comfort of my own home and occasionally from Costa,) and rarely get the opportunity to attend a proper Christmas party, that doesn’t mean I don’t go out of my way to pick up a few new fancy pieces just because it’s that time of year. Whether I wear them down the pub when everyone is in jumpers, or just for my own pleasure around the house on Christmas morning, I’m all about the party dresses.
So what makes a great party dress? In my opinion it has to have one or more of the following elements: velvet, satin, sparkles, ruffles and colours that wouldn’t look out of place on your Christmas tree. It has to be practical (because I’m so not here for freezing my baps off in the middle of winter) and therefore offer a decent amount of coverage, with bonus points available for midi lengths and sleeves. There has to be ample room for eating, drinking and dancing – because those are the three main activities during the month of December.
It also has to be rather classic in shape or style too, because nobody wants to spend money on a dress you wear once; packing away your party dresses until the next season, knowing you’ve got plenty of great options to choose from once again is part of the fun (and more sustainable. Interestingly I’ve noticed a lot of brands bringing back the same dresses as last year, or changing them up slightly to presumably use any leftover material and reduce their wastage.)
This New Look dress was a very reasonable £27.99 and is available in a plethora of colours (now also in patterns and metallics.) It’s super comfortable, has plenty of room for swishing around the dancefloor or munching on three mince pies too many, plus the little waist tie detail offers a really flattering nipped-in detail that works exceptionally well if you’re curvy like me. The only downside is that the top part is cut quite low and on me requires a little extra help to stay in place (hello my Nan’s safety pins!) but that’s something I’m more than happy to put up with when everything else is considered.
I paired it with a pair of old Next heels that cover my unmanicured toes (I’m terrible at remembering to book a pedicure during boot season) and a statement animal print clutch to keep it feeling less ‘matchy matchy’ and a bit more modern; sometimes adding in clashing or unexpected accessories is all you need to totally transform the look. A finishing touch of a studded hairband and I’m ready for my first glass of prosecco!
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Check out my fave party dress from last year HERE