Making party wear work harder

Making party wear work harder

Skirt £35 Marks & Spencer, Jumper vintage similar here, denim jacket (old) similar here, boots £29.50 Marks & Spencer

Now that we are well and truly into party season, as someone that doesn’t actually go out that often I thought I would share a few ideas on how to make your party pieces work for everyday wear. When it comes to Christmas anything goes, whether you’re getting glammed up for a formal dinner or just some drinks at your local pub you can definitely get away with something slightly more dressy. I love all the textures this time of year, velvet, sequins, cord, faux fur and there’s definitely ways to add these to your wardrobe even if you have no big nights out planned over the festive period.

Last Christmas I was pregnant and longed to have a velvet pleated skirt but that was not going to happen, so I was on the look out for one this year. I had this pink velvet skirt from M&S for my birthday and it really is a versatile item that can be mixed with less formal pieces. I’ve styled it here with a chunky knit jumper and denim jacket to give it a more casual feel. With a midi skirt you could also team it with a slogan top, a thinner jumper tucked in and a good fitting leather jacket. Layers can also change your look if you have a few places to go on the same day. Personally I would still keep footwear fairly smart like ankle boots or pointed flats just so there’s a good mix of smart casual. Also heavy fabrics like velvet and cord are great as co-ords if you want to make a style statement but work just as well for daytime with jeans or knitwear.

There’s no Christmas that goes by without some sort of sequin and shiny apparel featuring in all those shop window displays! Sticking to seperates will work better for sequinned pieces as you’re probably not going to wear that sequin jumpsuit to finish off your last minute xmas shopping and visit relatives. If it’s an embellished tee you’ve got then you can easily dress this down with jeans, trainers and a leather jacket or even a khaki army style jacket. For a sequin skirt or dress try a slouchy sweatshirt over the top and for a satin slip go for an oversized cardigan or a long sleeve top layered underneath.

Festive parties and days out wouldn’t be the same without a faux fur number. A faux fur cover up will always add some glamour to an evening look, but you can transform it by wearing it with denim and more casual accessories like a beanie hat, trainers and a cross over body bag. I think having a good faux fur jacket or coat is definitely well worth the investment, if you don’t have one yet then keep an eye on those January sales as the high street have some great ones!

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