City Woman: Festive flairBy Kim Francis
December 17, 2008
If you are at a complete loss as to what to wear for your festive party, City Woman has the ultimate guide, whatever the occasion.
Christmas may be little more than a week away but there’s still time to get your hands on one of these glamorous outfits for your office party, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or Black Tie event.
All clothes featured are available in The Oracle. If you’re still stuck for ideas for the perfect party outfit, visit Debenhams or House of Fraser at The Oracle to take advantage of their personal shopper service.
It’s nice to dress up for Christmas Day but you want to feel comfortable, especially if you’re going to be stuffing yourself with turkey.
Head to New Look for a loose dress; add a funky bangle for an up-to-the-minute look and some clumpy shoes.
Guys, avoid the jeans and T-shirt combo just for once on Christmas Day and go for a classic shirt and casual black trousers. Gap is great for the smart-casual look and does a great range of slim-fitting knits to layer on top for warmth.
For the office party, keep things classic and understated.
Go for a sophisticated cocktail dress in a simple shape. You needn’t avoid on-trend touches completely – a lace shift is bang on style incorporating two big trends in one. Add gold shoes and accessories for sparkle.
Boys, team a waistcoat with your work trousers for a stylish look. You can add a splash of colour with a well-chosen tie – this season’s purple is ideal.
If you’ve got a New Year’s Eve bash, stand out from the crowd with a show-stopping gown in a head-turning colour.
Make a statement in a bright satin structured number to make that kiss a sure thing come midnight. Oasis’s pink dress looks amazing with silvery accessories.
Men will look both smart and ready to party in a pair of skinny jeans and pointed shoes worn with a sharp shirt in your favourite colour and a metallic scarf for a rock star touch. Zara delivers this look brilliantly.
If it’s a formal affair for your festive calendar, vamp up the glamour. Smoulder in a one-shouldered full-length gown in a berry shade and accessorise with diamante, sparkle and satin shoes.
Debenhams has a great range of red-carpet style wear. For boys, the only option is a sharp dinner suit and a detailed waistcoat.