Happy Festive* Party Dress day! Yes, I have made this an official occasion. We are now officially beginning the hunt for the perfect party outfit, whether that be your office annual get-together where people divulge way too much to the boss, or your kitchen party with the loved ones. No matter where or with who, it's the time to get all glammed up! Can you tell I'm excited?
I love this search I have to say and I get quite involved in my research when it comes to writing these posts each year. The main piece of advice I will give you is this. If you plan on spending a bit on this outfit, make sure it's something you will wear again. Otherwise, you can get some fabulous dresses (and we'll do separates in a week or so) under €50. I'm starting with the Little Black Dress aka LBD, as it's a good canvas for party wear.
Let's start with sparkle. Sequins add that little festive cheer to any dress, you just need to ensure you don't look like a tree decoration. Ideally, find a dress that keeps the sequins or any kind of embellishment to one area so that there's nice contrast within the dress. Sequins work well with chiffon to ensure a balance.
Shape you will not escape this season; you can take your pick from shift dresses, pencil, body-con, the "fit and flare" which takes its inspiration from the fifties and sixties. The a-line shape of the flare is universally flattering to the lower half of the body regardless of your body shape. Opt for a style that has some detail like the Penneys dress above that has polka dots.
If you fancy going long, then try an ankle length dress with a high heel stiletto. This can be interpreted as an in between length but it works on any height. Long dresses can be overwhelming on a petite frame so by raising the hem just a few inches, it can transform the look of the dress.
Don't be afraid of texture either; just because it's not satin or sequinned, doesn't mean it looks too casual for evening wear. Zara have a selection of leather and lace dresses that address the void between too "day" and too "night". The leather and lace combination adds detail to dress up the look, but you can alternate this piece with ankle boots or stilettos depending on the occasion. I love a dress that's versatile enough to be worn to something formal, or just under a leather jacket for a trip to the pub.
Have you already spotted an LBD that you just have to have?