Christmas occasion wear: how to look fabulous this party season
With the festive season fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the right occasion wear that will take you stylishly through all your end of year celebrations. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite occasion wear ideas that will have you looking gorgeous, whatever the event.
So whether you are planning your outfit for your office Christmas party, a glamorous winter ball or the annual family get together, read on to find out what every women needs to know when planning her Christmas party style.
The office Christmas party: keeping it classy
The key to dressing for success at your office Christmas party is to keep your outfit classy. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a formal affair at Head Office or a more relaxed gathering of colleagues, it’s best to avoid outfits that are very short or skimpy. Instead your go-to move should be for more sophisticated elegance with longer lengths and high quality fabrics.
Velvet is a fabulous choice as occasion wear for any office Christmas party. It is always chic, works particularly well in winter and is amazingly versatile. Whatever your personal style, choose from a great choice of long and short dress lengths, beautifully-cut tops and skirts and stunning trousers. Here are just a few ideas for velvet pieces that will inspire you.
Dress your velvet outfit up with a pair of killer heels and your favourite evening bag for a sophisticated party look that will take you effortlessly from the Christmas party meal at the restaurant to the dance floor at the after-party.
Show-stopping glamour at the winter ball
If you are lucky enough to have been invited to a more formal event over the festive season, it is the perfect chance to go for some all-out, show-stopping glamour and break out your most stunning occasion wear. Turn heads with a floor-length evening dress with some seasonal sparkle that is guaranteed to make you the belle of the ball. Christmas functions are the ideal occasion to show off your very best party dress and shimmering fabrics, sequins and beading all add an extra touch of glamour, glitz and celebration to your outfit.
While we are always fans of the classic little black dress, a formal winter function is also a great opportunity to brighten up a cold, dark winter evening and ramp up the wow factor with a splash of colour. Stand out from the crowd by opting for something different such as stunning brilliant white, or choose seasonal colours such as green or red to mirror the Christmas party theme.
As a general rule, it is a good idea to keep your accessories simple when wearing a striking statement dress: in most cases less is definitely more. A small matching or contrasting evening bag is a must for your party essentials and a necklace or bracelet should enhance your overall look, rather than compete for attention with your dress. But we always believe that a woman should truly reflect her personal style, so if you prefer to glam to the max, Christmas is the time to do it.
Christmas parties with your loved ones
Christmas is a time for families and it’s lovely to catch up with relations and friends that you haven’t seen for ages. Look your best at your family lunch or party with some easy-going classics that don’t skimp on style.
Short or mid-length party frocks in bright jewel colours set the mood for an upbeat celebration and are so easy as you can style them up or down to suit the occasion. If you’re going to be up and about on your feet a lot, helping to organise things or playing traditional Christmas games, team your dress with flats or boots for comfort. Layer with a cardigan over the top so that you can take it off if things get a little heated during charades!
For more a more formal event with friends or family, team your dress with your favourite high heels and a blazer or structured jacket for a classic look that oozes elegance and sophistication.
Smart trousers are also a good choice for more informal Christmas parties. Team them with gorgeous soft cashmere for an elegant but laid-back vibe, or smarten things up with an eye-catching patterned jacket with a hint of glitz for a more sophisticated look.
Accessories: add some seasonal sparkle to your occasion wear
Add a bit of seasonal sparkle and magic to your Christmas party occasion wear with your accessories. Keep things classic with gold, silver or pearl accessories, or push the boat out with some of the statement pieces that abound over the Christmas period. If you have always struggled to find the right occasion to wear your biggest and boldest pieces, now is your perfect chance.
Jewellery in red or green adds a lovely traditional Christmas touch: an over-sized necklace in a striking design is the perfect choice to add interest to your outfit if your top has a low neckline. And if you are planning to wear your hair up, you can show off a pair of fabulous chandelier earrings.
A small clutch bag is the perfect accessory for evening and more formal occasions. But if you need a more relaxed style, a small cross-body bag makes an excellent option – especially if you are going to be busy helping at your Christmas celebration and need to keep your hands free.
Whatever and wherever your Christmas party, we wish you a wonderful time: look and feel fabulous in your festive occasion wear. And for more top tips on winter style, check out our essential guide.