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IT’S (VIRTUAL) PARTY TIME

Christmas calls for party outfits with sparkle, even if you’re staying at home. Have fun with partywear, from showstopping accessories for the virtual office quiz to a stunning dress for Christmas Eve cocktails

Party dresses for kitchen discos

We haven’t had many opportunities to get dressed up this year, so Christmas is as good a reason as any to go for glamour – whether that’s via a glittery hair clip or a shimmering sequinned dress that will add sparkle to your social feeds. Whether you’ll be celebrating with people or via Zoom, stunning party dresses are a zero-fuss way to go from sofa to social without having to compromise on comfort. Look for relaxed shapes and stretch fabrics that can be dressed down for outdoors. Just add tights and chunky boots and throw a jumper or blazer on top.

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Christmas tops

With many of our Christmas gatherings likely to be screen to screen rather than face to face, fancy on top and comfy on the bottom is the Zoom-friendly party outfit formula to dress by. A gorgeous Fair Isle jumper is festive but forever classic and, with all the pattern focused on the top half, they’re made for video calls. If, on the other hand, a party isn’t a party for you without a sprinkling of sparkle, we have sophisticated twinkly tops that feel special enough for every Christmas party scenario but will have a life in your wardrobe beyond New Year’s Eve.

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Not-going-out party outfits

The key to a Zoom-friendly but future-proof outfit is to focus on the top half with items that marry luxe fabrics with classic designs. Take this tunic: satin feels special and the polka-dot print combines impact with timeless style. Plisse fabric looks expensive and this dress feels fancy enough for kitchen discos but relaxed enough for day-to-day wear. A single-breasted velvet blazer pairs perfectly with a glass of prosecco, but looks just as good with a white T-shirt, vintage-wash jeans and trainers. A patterned cashmere knit will look great with leather trousers and will keep you cosy until spring.

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Words: Miranda Eason

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