Saturday, 26 November 2011

Ho ho hot Christmas party trends

If you, like me, have ducked out of every shop when you’ve heard an inkling of Wham’s Last Christmas, or been a complete scrooge at the mention of any festive cheer, then there really is no hiding away from it any longer; Christmas is coming. I was ready to admit defeat when I caught a glimpse of the John Lewis advert and scoffed my first mince pie, and now the chunky knitwear and fur coats are in full swing, I’m ready to embrace the new Christmas party-wear fashion trends.

Throughout the year, we’ve seen the return of animal print slipping back into the style stakes. So this Christmas, a jumper emblazoned with a quirky picture of Rudolph or a festive tree, is perfectly acceptable and you’ll see the shops awash with cute Christmas designs.

Last year it was reported that British women spent a total of £3.5 billion in December on clothes, shoes and accessories to make certain they were party-perfect. That's the equivalent of £206 for the average woman to update her festive wardrobe. This year with purse strings tight since the economy took a nose dive, everyone will be on the hunt for a bargain. With high street stores, big department chains and even supermarkets all revealing their Christmas party selection even earlier this year, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you decide to hit the shops. Fashion staple Coast, has released a range of limited edition part dresses that consists of Grecian style gowns and short statement LBDs. Family favourite Asda has claimed to have found the perfect solution to saggy bums and stuffed tums, by bringing out a £20 range of cocktail dresses to suit any body shape.  According to research by the supermarket chain, 85 per cent of women worry most about the size and shape of their backsides than any other part of your body. The store has worked with bottom expert Dr David Holmes and claim that the traditional 'peach' is no longer; us girls have a tomato, potato, pear or nectarine. So they've come up with affordable dresses for each of them, solving wardrobe dilemmas in one easy purchase.

If you want to splash out a little bit extra and be the belle of the ball for the annual office Christmas party, it’s all about sequins, beads and feathers this year. Shades of bronze, silver and gold dominate what will only trickle down to the high streets in time for you to make your choice on the crucial outfit to unveil to your workmates.
Earlier this month, X Factor’s feisty new glamour girl Tulisa, hit the red carpet adorned in a black leather dress with a feathered end and was praised by all the fashion bibles for being bang on trend. The newest look is the dropped waist 20s style dresses which have feathers or fabric appliqués around the hem to create movement and make your dancing look even more energetic.

River Island has hit the party trend right on the head by launching a range that is affordable, stylish and really diverse. The focus sways towards bright hues and vibrant splashes of colour, but there is something for everyone with dresses, jumpsuits, tops and skirts. Playing it safe with a little black dress shouldn’t be frowned upon, as this year sees the return of bold, strong shoulders and a flash of sequins to ooze that wow factor. After all the LBD is a tried and tested favourite.

Bring a little tinsel to your wardrobe by contrasting one high-shimmer piece, perhaps a sequinned skirt, or blazer, with a casual t-shirts. High street store Oasis do a fab range of sparkly numbers to add a twinkle to any deserted dancefloor. Why not up the fashion ante with some edgy accessories? Like sky-high shoe-boots or a retro evening bag, like a velvet clutch. Crown the look with a statement necklace in a coordinating metallic hue.

If you’re not partial to a figure-hugging dress, then don’t be afraid of the challenge to find two separates. Why not opt for a pleated skirt in a bold hue or pattern and team with a classic, tailored shirt? For an added bit of sparkle, go for a shirt with a sheen or shimmer to really get into the party spirit. Head down to Next to check out its range of fitted, below-the-knee skirts.  
Have fun shopping for your outfit for the festive season this year. After all, when you and your colleagues have actually patched together what happened at the office Christmas party, it’ll be time to start planning all over again.

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