The party season is fast approaching, and all of our favourite retailers are going all guns blazing when it comes to sequins, glitter and show stopping finishes. I am an absolute sucker for buying something new for every occasion, but I’m trying to reign it in knowing the impact that fashion can have on the environment. In July I purchased a gorgeous Monki fruit print dress dress for my work summer party. I wanted to make sure that whatever I got could be worn again and again, dressed up or down, and it’s done just that. I styled it with drunk eyes, Kim K braids, lace up heels and a little shoulder bag covered in animals playing golf. Since then I’ve teamed it with sandals, trainers and even a parka – it’s versatile, my friends.
With this Christmas attire roundup, I’m going to push you away slightly from the glitter and glam of dresses and show you some of my favourite alternative Christmas party looks.
Monki Emerald Ribbed Culottes
I absolutely adore Monki, a lot of their clothes are highly functional and have the kind of style that you can make look seriously edgy, or keep conventional.
These emerald culottes are the perfect example of how you can work a sassy wide leg for parties and for a random weekend in Feb. The statement hue is sophisticated and has that Christmas-y vibe we love and teams in perfectly with this seasons obsession with 70’s cuts and prints.
For your Christmas party, a sleeveless black chiffon top, metallic nails, a smokey eye, barely there black heels and your glitzy clutch bag from last year are all you need to shimmer through the festive season, then retire them down with a brown sweatshirt and chunky black boots throughout the rest of the winter months.
These caught my eye even more, as they’re apart of the ‘Better Cotton Initiative’ that helps to support responsibly grown, sustainable cotton farming.
Newlook Paperbag Waist Trousers
Paperbag waists aren’t leaving us anytime soon, they’re a really easy way to work a day-to-night look with ease. These have a more tailored finish than some, but still boast a slightly relaxed fit that’s perfect if there’s going to be lots of fizz and snacks at your party.
I chose these as not only can you pair them up for your party with a silky cami and nude heels, but you can style them for work with a blazer and shirt, or for the weekend with a graphic tee and slouchy cardi.
Miss Selfridge Grey Plush Overcoat
We’re all guilty of going out without a coat or jacket over winter, but this plush overcoat is a cosy way to work chic slouchy style over the party season and beyond.
Back in 2003, Kate Moss was pictured wearing an oversized faux fur coat with a silver maxi dress, white heels and a black clutch bag. It worked for Kate, so it can work for us. Layer your legs in knee high boots like the Miss Selfridge model for a fierce party look, or add in plain white tee tucked into your fav boyfriend jeans for a casual finish.
Yours Black Distressed Jeggings
Because who doesn’t like the jeans and a nice top look? These distressed jeggings are a comfortable choice for every occasion and easily worked with sweatshirts, tees, blouses and shirts.
If you’re not a big fan of tight fitting clothes, don’t shy away from these just yet. They’re fitted with an elasticated waistband and have elastane added into the cotton-rich mix, so they’re easy to pull on and have a finish that moves with your body.
For the party season, a lace bodice and smart blazer will keep you looking glam from Christmas to NYE, while a year round staple look can boast a tie waist shirt and ballet flats.
Reiss Floral Mini Skirt
I had a mailer through with this skirt on and fell in love with it the moment I lay eyes on it. It’s classy, contemporary, and easily worked from coffee with friends to your NYE party.
The black shirt combo featured is a statement choice for your festive RSVP’s and can be taken into your work wear with a blazer and brogues or layered with a chunky knit jumper and roll neck top.
Now, I’m under no illusion that this design is quite expensive and I struggled to find an exact replica, though I don’t think that this look is unobtainable using any kind of floral skirt. One in particular that I loved was this gorgeous floaty Rara number from Miss Selfridge. It has a shirred waist and layers of tulle, making it ultra feminine and adaptable for any event.
Boohoo Floral Wrap Skater Dress
Boohoo isn’t exactly known for subtle clothing, but I thought that this floral skater dress was quite a classy choice that you could take throughout the seasons with the right jacket and tights.
It’s styled on the site with chunky white trainers (sigh) and that’s about it. BUT if you’re confident with your style, lace up boots would give this dress some killer boho vibes ready for the festival season. For Christmas, a popping lippy and strappy heels will complete the look perfectly.
Debenhams Black Faux Suede Loafers
Last but not least, one my favourite Christmas party picks are these black faux suede loafers. I’ve done a few years of ripping up my feet now, and I can’t say that I ever really want to look back. Small heels and stylish flats can work wonders – not only are they absolutely killer in style, but they’re also comfortable, allowing you to spend more time socialising with a G&T, rather than sitting in the corner nursing your newly formed blisters.
Have you got your party outfit sorted? Let me know in the comments!