Dress code sorted, it is now time for the fun part…shopping! However, keep in mind that you need not break the bank and buy a different dress/accessories for each and every party you have been invited to, but look for things you already have in your wardrobe and think of new ways to reinvent them.
If you are attending a black tie event, try shops specialised in occasion wear rather than the high street and ask the sales assistant to take note of your event’s venue to make sure that there is no one in the same dress as you. Choose a clutch bag that comes with a chain and if possible, pick one with enough space for a pair of foldable ballerina shoes just in case your heels start hurting. Finally, accessorize with diamante’ jewellery to help you stand out. (image1)
For settings that require lounge wear, try a chiffon dip-hem frock in one of the season’s hottest hues! Oxblood is a very versatile colour and it works very well with metallic and shiny pieces that are obligatory at this time of year. (image2)
Last but definitely not least, a couple of smart yet casual outfits for the remaining family and friends do’s. If it’s just a few drinks at the bar, wear some statement heels paired with an interesting shift dress but if the ambiance is more relaxed, say Christmas lunch at your Mum, you can get away with smart jeans and a jumper and cool flats to rest your feet from all the partying the night before. (image3)
Watch this space for Part 3 dealing with hair, make-up & nails
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