Dressing for party season: Look festive, even if you don’t like getting dressed up.

Dressing for party season: Look festive, even if you don’t like getting dressed up.

Is comfort your number one priority? Do you worry about feeling overdressed at a function? Does the mere thought of dressing for party season break you out in cold sweats? If the answer to any of these was yes, then consider this your call to action! You can look put-together, feel party season ready and up your personal glam stakes with relative ease. Several years ago, I would have answered a firm yes to all three of these questions. Not anymore. Over the years I’ve refined how I dress at this time of year and now I’m sharing with you my simple hacks to dressing for party season without compromising your comfort or relaxed sense of style. 

Whether you are looking for an outfit for a Christmas Party, or searching for something a bit  special for the big day, even if you are thinking ahead to New Years celebrations. These simple styling solutions should help you when dressing for this party season. Read on for styling tips and to discover my selection of Highstreet buys this party season, I’ve curated a list of some of the best, easy to wear pieces.

Dressing for party season, simple style solutions

Dress: Marks and Spencer Bag: Accessorize Boots: Topshop (last season) similar linked.

Luxury Party Season Fabrics:

When dressing for party season, think …. 🎶 Plisse me! Plisse me! Plisse me baby.

Plisse, Velour, Velvet, Leather (or quality leather alternatives), Tweeds with metallic threads, these fabrics are all individually rich and indulgent. Worn together and they can create a look so glam even Mariah Carey- queen of all things Sparkle, Christmas and Glamour- would turn a little green with envy. The greatest part? Because these items are so party ready, you can afford to take it easy. Wear flats (even sneakers/Dad Trainers to look extra cool AF), simple no fuss hair, natural makeup. Easy Peasy!

The Chuck-on Dress

Any Party, Any Season:

You know what they say, find a chuck on dress and hold onto it, because a true chuck on dress is hard to come by. Okay, nobody says that, but they really should. A chuck on dress is exactly what it seems, it’s something that can literally be thrown on and looks good.

There are some key things to consider when looking for a chuck on dress of your own: 1) Patterns are very flattering, they blur lumps and bumps. My featured dress is in a subtle leopard print. If leopard print appeals to you I’ve written a post about the trend, you can read more about it by clicking here.

2) Cut/fit are key, shift dresses often work well or something with an elasticated waist like mine. The waistband on my dress softly cinched the fabric, meaning it skims my figure and creates a smooth silhouette.

3) Colour, consider which colours flatter you most and start there. If you’re not sure about which colours suit you best I’ve got some tips for you  here.

Chuck on dresses are easily styled with flats, boots or a comfortable mid/block heel. I’ve given my outfit some signature edge with the addition of studded boots and I selected a large clutch as it draws the eye to the detail on the waist and along the side of the dress.

Do you think Tyra Banks would be impressed with my best “smeyes”? (That’s an Americas Next Top Model Reference for those of you worrying I’ve lost my mind)

The Killer Party Season Coat:

Whether you are rocking a tried and tested “jeans and a nice top” combo or a classic “LBD”. The addition of a party piece jacket is only going to elevate your outfit when dressing for party season. This is a chance to have fun and dip your toe in the glam pool. The options are endless, from faux fur to sequins and every smoking jacket and silk bomber in between. Make a festive statement as you come and go and if, when you arrive at your party destination you want to blend in then simply drape the jacket over your chair to save a spot for when your dancing feet need a rest. A party coat or jacket is the ultimate non-commital outfit enhancer.

Simple and effective style tips, demonstrated by a fashion blogger. Dressing for party season made easy.

Party Season Accessories:

A close up of a Marks and Spencer, midi dress in leopard print

Probably the easiest way to look glamorous throughout party season. Opt for all black everything and then let your extras do the talking. A great bag or pair of shoes can sky rocket your look and in turn your confidence. What’s more, these items tend to be more classic by default and serve as a long lasting investment.

A fun way to introduce some festive sparkle. 

Dressing for the party season, simple styling suggestions

Sequin Bag: Topshop Faux fur & Tweed Bag: Kurt Geiger Leopard Dress: Zara Leopard Pumps: Kurt Geiger Sequin Jacket: Monsoon Metallic Skirt: Marks and Spencer Faux Fur Jacket: Marks and Spencer Red Sequin Shoes: ASOS Pom Pom Shoes: Dune

Whilst not everyone likes to spend hours getting ready and for others, a “glam squad” is a one man band trying to get party perfect. Many hate the idea of wearing a statement like all over “look at me sequins”, yet feel pressured to look festive and like they’ve “made an effort”. Hopefully, this article has inspired you to recognise that whatever your festive fashion hang-up may be, there is a way to show up in an easy, breezy style that is all your own and not a novelty jumper in sight.

Jennifer xox


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