Christmas parties: Say no to the dress
Christmas party season is almost upon us. The pressure is high: what colour? Style? Do I go for glitter? Crushed velvet? Do I want to go mini? Maxi? Midi? Despite what you’ve heard, you don’t have to wear a dress. There are plenty of great alternatives – what about a trusty co-ord, or a chic skirt and shirt combo? This year, it’s time to forget the pressure and forgo the dress. Here are some ideas…
A truly effortless choice. Whether you choose a bold co-ord or go for a simple, yet effective, muted choice, this look is the perfect alternative to a party dress. Flared trousers paired with a matching crop top are bang on trend right now, especially with simple or no patterns. This pink Missguided co-ord is a great pick for the festive season: (x) – dress it up with some rose gold jewellery and simple, heeled sandals.
Alternatively, a glitter or metallic-based co-ord adds a Christmas edge – like this piece by Missguided: (x). For a bolder choice, a twinkling cami and skirt in gold like this pick from Missguided: (x) , is sure to have you shining as bright as the Christmas tree.
The bottom half
Whether you like skirts, shorts or trousers, finding an alternative to the traditional party dress couldn’t be easier. There are thousands of options out there, but we’ve picked the top trends for each piece to wow your family and friends this Christmas.
The skirt: A leather-look skirt never truly goes out of fashion, but the wardrobe staple is enjoying a particular resurgence lately. If in doubt, go for black: it’ll match everything and is easy to dress up with jewellery. This biker style mini from River Island will look perfect with a bold top – go for red or green to be uber festive – silver jewellery and a simple heeled sandal. (x)
The shorts: Shorts can be hard to pull off in the evening. Known better for being chucked on during a day at the beach, it’s no easy task making them look party-ready, but with a pair of towering heels and the right top, they can be perfect for a Christmas party look. The Letina black pearl shorts from In The Style has a wrap-front detail that adds the femininity of a skirt with the androgynous chic of shorts. A long-sleeved crop and statement earrings will make this the perfect alternative to a dress! (x)
The trousers: It’s easy to stick to old habits. We’re all used to a slim fit leg or a skinny jean, but flared trousers haven’t been truly cool since the 70’s, so it’s time to utilise the trend. Plain black is the safest option, and these Club L for ASOS with ruffle hem detail are perfect for dressing up with a glittery camisole for a festive look: (x)
Not usually known for being a party staple, the trusty blazer can be a great way of giving your look a Christmas spin. A classic wardrobe staple, blazers can be extremely versatile. There are two solid ways of making them work for you this party season:
The plain blazer: The trick with this is to pair your simple jacket with a statement bottom-half. Choose between a stand-out skirt, pair of shorts or trousers (see above for inspo!) and utilise a simple blazer to tone down the look for a more casual party style. It’ll look effortless, and won’t need much planning.
The bold blazer: Take the above advice and flip it. With a plain top (a simple camisole will work great) and simple skirt, shorts or trousers, all you’ll need is a statement blazer to be the party’s resident fashionista. This sequined tailored blazer from Boohoo is £35.00 and comes in three different colours. Perfect. (x)
With a statement shoe, the outfit hardly matters. Pair a bold heel with a plain outfit – loud, coloured shoes will work best with a monochrome look.
You can choose a bejewelled pair, like these strappy rose gold sandals from Ikrush: (x)
Sock boots are the trend that everyone’s talking about, with Kim Kardashian loyally plugging the look all year long, so why not try the wine sock boot by Pretty Little Thing to spice up your festive style. (x)
Or, for a fun spin on traditional Christmas red, these statement floral heels from Boohoo are just £28.00: (x)
Words, Ria Newman
Article originally published in The National Student.