Party season is just around the corner, so it’s time to put your best clothes on to look and feel fabulous. Whether your work Christmas party is coming up or you’re just going out for a meal with your friends or family, it’s the perfect time of year to treat yourself to a new party outfit.
It’s not just a case of picking out pretty party dresses and heading out to your event. No, making sure you’ve got the right accessories and a pair of comfortable but stylish shoes is paramount to you looking and feeling your best. Our fashion experts have put together this helpful guide to make sure you stay as comfortable as possible when all those party invitations come flooding in.
Whether dinner or brunching with the girls, if food is part of your celebrations then consider how comfortable you will be. There’s no point in opting for a figure-hugging dress if you’ve got a three-course meal. In this case, a slightly less form-fitting shift or maxi dress is perfect. However, if it’s looking likely that you’ll be stood up for most of the night, a figure-hugging bodycon dress could be the way to go.
When it comes to colour, navy blue, gold, silver and burgundy are all good tones to go for around the festive period, but don’t underestimate the power of a more subdued colour palate – ivory and blush also work well and are very on-trend this year. The trick is to look at your everyday wardrobe and pick out the colours that you feel work well with your skin tone and make-up style.
Heels are probably the go-to during party season, providing style and glamour. However, if you’re averse to heels, picking a tasteful wedge that co-ordinates with your other clothing could be the way to go. Plus, they’re versatile enough to wear in the office or even on holiday if you’re thinking further ahead.
If that’s not quite your thing, ankle boots are everywhere at the moment and are a modern twist on the classic heel. Go for something with a contrasting buckle to really stand out from the crowd at your festive party – we really like chrome but rose gold and brass options are also available.
If you’ve chosen a beautiful Christmas party dress, then think about pairing it with a stylish blazer for a contemporary way to stay warm. This’ll add a modern twist to your outfit, with blazers made by some of the world’s biggest designers being worn on catwalks this year.
Make a statement and choose a contrasting belt with your outfit. If your chosen clothes include a dress, a larger belt with bold buckle will bring your outfit right up to date, but if you’re wearing jeans or trousers, keep things simple with tan and black varieties – just make sure to match your belt to your shoes.
Think bold, bright and beautiful. Colour blocking is very fashionable at the moment, even featuring in Vogue’s trends to look out for in 2019, and thankfully our jewellery collection is ideal with chunky styles and bold colours featuring across the range. If chunky doesn’t do it for you, rose gold effect jewellery is a timeless option to enhance your look.
When it comes to bags, clutches are the ideal size for party season and will never go out of style. Light enough to carry all your odds and ends and small enough so they don’t get in the way, clutches are stylish and contemporary. However, if you prefer something with a strap, a small cross-body bag will do a similar job while still looking great.
Feeling great is about more than just the clothes you wear. If you know you’ve got an event coming up, plan in some rest and relaxation time a couple of days before and treat yourself to a massage, a new updo, manicure or pedicure.
Hit the gym or the pool if that’s your thing on the day of your event. It might sound counterproductive to have a workout beforehand, but research has shown that exercise releases endorphins into the body. Basically, it’s a confidence booster and it’ll make you feel great.
So, the party is over, and it was a great one. It sometimes feels like the day after the night before is a bit of a let-down. Thankfully, we’ve got some great tips to help combat those post-party blues.
You could arrange brunch with your friends the following day or have a PJ day on your own or with your other half. Being Christmas, a lot of people have a tradition where they buy a new set of pyjamas especially for the festive season. Thankfully we have a great selection of stylish sleepwear that’s comfortable too.
With all these tips in mind, you can look and feel your very best over the festive period and beyond – after all, party season can be whenever you want it to be. If you are looking to update your wardrobe with some fresh new looks, our latest collection of women’s partywear is sure to go down a treat. Whatever look you go for, be sure to share your pre-night out photos with us on social media using the hashtag #mymandco