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The holidays are as good a reason as any to go for all-out glamour and add some sparkle to your social feeds, whether it’s with a glittery hair clip or a shimmering sequinned dress. No matter how you’re celebrating this year – with people in person or via Zoom again – stunning Christmas party dresses are a zero-fuss way to go from sofa to social. Plus, they don’t have to compromise on comfort (look for relaxed shapes and stretch fabrics) and can be dressed down for outdoor gatherings. Just add pantyhose and chunky boots and throw a sweater or blazer on top.
With many of our Christmas gatherings still likely to be screen to screen rather than face to face, the go-to party outfit formula is fancy on top and comfy on the bottom. An attention-grabbing sequinned top is a festive-season classic. And with all eyes drawn to it, you could keep things simple on your bottom half – or go all out with a striking pair of red pants. If you’re heading to your work Christmas party straight from the office, jazz up a sleek white shirt with buttery-soft leather pants and sparkling gold jewellery.
The key to a Zoom-friendly but future-proof outfit is to focus on the top half, picking items that blend luxe detailing with timeless designs. Take a lightweight novelty sweater – it’s a classic that will stand the test of time. Simple shirt dresses in luxurious fabrics look effortlessly chic and this star-print dress is fancy enough for kitchen discos while also being relaxed enough for day-to-day wear. A single-breasted velvet blazer pairs perfectly with a glass of prosecco, but also looks just as good with a white T-shirt, vintage-wash jeans and sneakers.
Statement Christmas party accessories, necklaces and purses are a fuss-free and budget-friendly way to give your look an upgrade. Demand attention with a show-stealing purse in a jewel tone or opt for a splashy sequinned clutch. Eye-catching jewellery will jazz up even the plainest tops – this chunky resin necklace in turquoise from Jaeger (exclusively at M&S) looks fresh against white, while these bold geometric earrings (also from Jaeger) work with almost any Christmas party outfit.
Words: Ellie Spicer
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