How To Dress For The Holiday Party Season

Style  /   /  By Vicky Lee

Tis the season to be jolly! Jolly well dressed too! Being inundated with party invitations this time of year everyone is looking for that perfect dress. I absolutely love any excuse to wear a little sparkle and the holidays is the best time for that. Whether you’re looking to turn heads or prefer a more understated glam look then I’ve got your dress options covered. You can really push the boat out during the festive period so let your hair down, have a glass of champagne and party the night away! 

Red Carpet Magic Moments

Dress by Halpern via NetaPorter, Earrings and Necklace by David Morris, Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

I think a strapless gown is the ultimate in femininity. Some people shy away from bearing too much skin this time of year but it really is a showstopper. The delicate décolletage of a woman is extremely sexy without being too much. When you really want to make an entrance this is the perfect dress. This is the most red carpet worthy of gowns. It ticks every box. Try an illuminating highlighter on your collarbones to add some subtle sparkle and contour.  

Sugar & Spice & All Things Nice

Jumpsuit by Baar and Bass, Earrings by Olivia & Pearl, Necklace by Dinny Hall

Sunset orange isn’t an obvious choice for the holiday season however it really works! It’s an incredibly flattering shade, complementing every skin tone. It make me think of the beautiful clementines floating in my glass of spiced mulled wine. While everyone is opting for the reds and greens, make a statement and turn those heads in this delectable burnt orange. 

Go Big or Go Home 

Dress by Michael Lo Sordo via Net-a-Porter

I absolutely love wearing winter white! For red carpet glam there’s nothing that screams glamour than a floor length gown. I love the gentle nod to Marilyn Monroe, the ultimate sex symbol. I’d suggest keeping accessories simple with a beautiful clutch. I also think a red lip and smokey eye make up compliments this amazing gown. 

Glitter Ball Baby

Dress by Rixo via Net-a-Porter, Shoes by Charlotte Olympia via Net-a-Porter

If you’re not wearing sequins to at least one party is it even the holidays? I adore wearing sparkles, they are so much fun. You simply have the best time when you’re wearing sequins! This year we also saw so many designers incorporating embellishments in their collections. Thankfully this means we’ll be seeing a lot more sequins into the new year. With a shorter dress this is the time to get your killer heels out and really show off your pins! Use a highlighter cream all the way up the centre on your legs to create a longer look. 

Party Animal

Dress by Roberto Cavalli

For a show stopping alternative to sequins, try animal print this festive period. It was all over the catwalks this year so you’ll be bang on trend! I love the versatility of animal print, being able to dress it up or down while it still carries an understated glam. I’d suggest your hair and makeup simple as to not over fuss the print. Try some French braids to compliment the edgy and funky element to the dress. 

Velvet Vibes

Dress by Rixo via Liberty London

Velvet is such a luxurious fabric you can’t help but feel fabulous when wearing it! I see a lot of black velvet this time of year which is amazingly glam – especially a velvet blazer. However why not try a coloured velvet and add a little sparkle ensuring you stand out at the party! It makes a refreshing change to the darker colours favoured this time of year. Don’t be afraid of shorter skirts as well, patterned tights are having a fashion moment if you don’t want to show off too much skin.  I also love a sheer denier with a black seam to give a sultry 50’s inspired look.

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