The Christmas Party Dress Guide

December is nearly here, which means that Christmas is on the horizon! And with Christmas comes allll the parties- sophisticated family ones with canapés and discussions about ‘your future’ with distant relatives, intimate meals with your best friends where Secret Santa’s’ are revealed, and of course the works party where you finally get to see how your manager acts when they are blind drunk!

Whether you want to show your colleagues what you look like out of your dowdy uniform, need to make a good impression on the in-laws or just simply make the effort in the name of Christmas, here are the dresses that will make you the best dressed for Xmas 2012!

Bold Baroque

Baroque relates to a style of European architecture, music, and art of the 17th to mid 18th century. Catapulting into 2012, this aesthetic is the option to go for if you want to make a dramatic impression at your party. It’s the AW trend that is sultry, sexy and very powerful! D&G were the leaders for this look, showcasing beautiful designs in blacks and golds. Combining bold shapes with layering and patterns and being subtly sexy with sheer materials, you won’t need to accessorise with a baroque dress. That’ll save some money!

D&G

D&G

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystifying Metallics

Sequins and Christmas parties go hand in hand. If you could only wear sequins once a year, it would have to be at Christmas! Connoting a sense of glamour and luxury, sequins are still firmly on the fashion radar. Choose a dress in silver or gold for the ultimate Christmas dress or alternatively choose jewel-coloured designs to stay on-trend for this winter. Alternatively, take a leaf out of British model of the year Cara Delevingne’s fashion handbook and opt for a simply cut dress in a hot metallic shade.

Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad

Cara Delevingnes

Cara Delevingnes

Ellie Saab

Ellie Saab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stella’s Silhouette

Now I know these dresses are fairly ‘old’ where the fashion industry is concerned but I thought I would include them in honour of Stella’s success at the British Fashion Awards this week! And a dress which creates curves in all the right places will always be popular with us ladies. The Stella silhouette dress has been worn by countless celebrities and flatters the female form like no other dress. Worn in simple yet timeless shades, wear this dress with confidence and you will be centre of attention at the buffet table!

Kate Moss

Kate Moss

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Prints

This is the choice to go for if sophistication is your thing. Prints are everywhere at the moment and for a pretty party option, take inspiration from Erdem’s floral creations which are popular with the royal ladies and indeed everyone at the moment! Don’t be deceived by the common perception that showing off more flesh makes you look ‘sexier’. These dresses which use clever layering of pattern and longer cuts are hugely flattering and will make you stand out for all the right reasons.

Erdem

Erdem

Erdem

Erdem

Kate

Kate

Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black and Navy

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- you can never go wrong with a little black dress! And hot on the heels of black this winter is navy. These shades are timeless and come in so many different cuts and styles so you really are spoilt for choice. If you want to spice up your dress then choose accessories in contrasting colours (a pretty pink looks fab with navy), or opt for a statement pair of shoes and clutch. Alexa Chung (who again triumphed at the British Fashion Awards this year owing to her fabulous style) rocked a delicately patterned LBD with statement heels. You would be a fool not to follow her style advice!

Alexa in Simone Rocha

Alexa in Simone Rocha

Mollie King

Mollie King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wear these dresses to get noticed for all the right reasons this Christmas. And don’t forget the classic fashion rule- legs or chest- NEVER both! Tis the season to be very fashionable 

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook

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