Connect with us

Fashion

How to Dress Festively Without Looking Like a Holiday Decoration

 


Can you tell me where to find party outfits that feel elegant and don’t look like a Christmas decoration? Plus, I have a real office party, so a pointer or two on that would be gratefully received!

The party season is upon us and there are plenty of crazy sleeves, cutouts, fringes, bows and diamond details to contend with right now. If you don’t want to look like an overgrown toddler, read on.

I like a little drama at Christmas (well, in my outfit, at least). As I’ve suggested in previous columns, before figuring out what to wear, you need to be very clear about where, how you’re getting there, whether you’re sitting or mostly standing, and what the temperature expectations are. You want to be in the right gear for your environment.

<>

A sleeveless evening dress with silver sequins

Mulberry Kelsey dress, rental from 70, hurrcollective.com

A long black dress with straps

Bevza Seashell wetsuit, 711 (on sale), bevza.com

First of all, you really need to have a nice coat to go over your party outfit. If you’re tall (over 5ft 6in), go for the full length as it will work with any hemline and you won’t look like you’re taking out the trash in the rain. Raeys leopard coat (895, matchesfashion.com), Toves Mio (995, tove-studio.com) and Rebecca coats (995, tove-studio.com) or Anine Bings Hunter Coat (855, eu.aninebing.com) are all winners. Plush coats are everywhere and surprisingly versatile too. Keep it simple and neat (even John Lewis has a good one!) and relish the cozy hug they give you.

If you’re petite, I’d suggest a knee-length coat, which works with any hemline that sits above it, or pair it with skinny pants a la Audrey Hepburn. It’s always classy. Try Harris Wharf, Hugo Boss or Zadig and Voltaire.

When it comes to the outfit itself, I like to start by focusing on one key fabric. Perhaps you favor velvet or satin, silk faille or cashmere, supple silk or sequins.

<>

A black round neck sweater

NavyGrey Pullover The Neat, 180, navygrey.co

A black sweater with sheepskin sleeves and a cinched waist

Isabel Marant Boucl Giamili peplum sweater, 525, net-a-porter

Sequins are a Christmas staple. And with good reason. They do it all of a sudden. Sparkle and glamor on the big screen? Do. However, they are terrible for the environment, so consider renting or buying vintage.

There are a few glitter options on the Hurr rental site. I love this Stella McCartney gold dress (rent from 184, hurrcollective.com). Wear it with a blazer and matching ankle boots or sandals. Mulberrys Kelsey loose sequined maxi can be worn with a blazer or you can dress it up with a fine jersey top underneath (rental from 70, hurrcollective.com). Keep the accessories simple and let the dress do the talking.

Depending on where you are going, you can wear a long leather boot with either one as tight as possible on the leg. This suede form of Manolo is very sexy (1,075, net-a-porter.com) and has the added benefit of keeping your legs warm. If you want a cheaper alternative, LK Bennett makes a great sock (367 on sale, lkbennett.com). Finish the look with Lulu Guinness’ signature lip bag: this fun Perspex style has been in her line since 2008 (206 on sale, luluguinness.com).

<>

White earrings with inlay of round crystals

Dries Van Noten crystal-embellished gold-tone hoop earrings, 295, harveynichols.com

A choker necklace

Dries Van Noten silver crystal choker, 295, harveynichols.com

If you want something special, you can always opt for a simple but interesting skirt. I love this pink recycled tulle confection from Raey, which also exists in mint and yellow (525, matchesfashion.com). I would always use a knit with this type of skirt, so you can gently tuck it into the waistband. Make sure it has a ribbed hem, like this one in Charcoal from NavyGrey (180, marinegrey.co). Lisa Yang, Loulou Studio, Allude, Alabaste Cashmere and Joseph also have great knitting options. Add a necklace like this shimmering choker from Dries Van Noten (295, harveynichols.com) or her equally fantastic earrings (295, harveynichols.com).

If you have a shorter neck, choose an open-neck or v-neck style and wear your hair up. Don’t fancy a tulle skirt? Rixos easy Kelly skirt (235, rixo.fr) comes in various prints and iterations, the latest of which has a feather border. It works well with round shapes, like its bias cut.

<>

A long red ballerina-style skirt

Raey recycled tulle midi tutu skirt, 525, matchesfashion.com

Black stiletto boot

Manolo Blahnik Pamfilo 90 stretch suede boots, 1 075, net-a-porter.com

A feather adds a whimsical touch to any party outfit and always evokes the Roaring Twenties for me. If you have a small bust and narrow shoulders, dress up the skirt with a puff sleeve top like this Isabel Marant sweater (525, net-a-porter.com). Or dress it up with a t-shirt or a simple knit.

How about a jumpsuit for that office party? It’s still a solid alternative to a costume. This one from Bevza is best for larger women with smaller busts and wider shoulders (711 on sale, bevza.com) spaghetti straps and soft cups can’t really handle full busts.

For a more formal option, look to Galvan. Her signature stretch corset jumpsuit is pure class (1,095, galvanlondon.com). Layer a loose blazer over the top and add a strappy sandal, ankle boot or simple pump. For alternatives, see Melissa Obadash, Norma Kamali and Saloni.

If you’re still in the mood for a dress, this draped stretch fit-and-flare style from Roland Mouret flatters both straight and curvy figures, plus it half covers the dreaded underarm area (650, rolandmouret.com). Another option in a great color is this tight stretch jersey from Richard Quinn (700, matchesfashion.com). Pair it with this amazing necklace from Swarovski (840 on sale, swarovski.com) and a silver, gold or purple shoe.

If you can’t completely give up the comfort factor, opt for a set: two-piece knit, silky pajamas, loose velvet suits. Try this from Dea Kudibal (289, plumeetpoint.com) with accompanying pants (239, plumeetpoint.com). These can be prepared for the party with some sturdy accessories. I promise.

I wish you a happy time whatever you end up wearing!

<>

Anna Berkeley is a London-based personal stylist and style columnist for FT Weekend. She has worked in the fashion industry for over 25 years, previously as a buyer for Selfridges and Prada, and a consultant for Margaret Howell. Each month, she will answer readers’ questions about fashion and what to wear. Have a question for Anne? Email him at [email protected]

Check out our latest stories first @financialtimesfashion on Instagram

Sources

1/ https://Google.com/

2/ https://www.ft.com/content/e2d4c828-58bc-4e2b-a76b-bbf2b3741fdc

The mention sources can contact us to remove/changing this article

What Are The Main Benefits Of Comparing Car Insurance Quotes Online

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 24, 2020, / Compare-autoinsurance.Org has launched a new blog post that presents the main benefits of comparing multiple car insurance quotes. For more info and free online quotes, please visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/the-advantages-of-comparing-prices-with-car-insurance-quotes-online/ The modern society has numerous technological advantages. One important advantage is the speed at which information is sent and received. With the help of the internet, the shopping habits of many persons have drastically changed. The car insurance industry hasn't remained untouched by these changes. On the internet, drivers can compare insurance prices and find out which sellers have the best offers. View photos The advantages of comparing online car insurance quotes are the following: Online quotes can be obtained from anywhere and at any time. Unlike physical insurance agencies, websites don't have a specific schedule and they are available at any time. Drivers that have busy working schedules, can compare quotes from anywhere and at any time, even at midnight. Multiple choices. Almost all insurance providers, no matter if they are well-known brands or just local insurers, have an online presence. Online quotes will allow policyholders the chance to discover multiple insurance companies and check their prices. Drivers are no longer required to get quotes from just a few known insurance companies. Also, local and regional insurers can provide lower insurance rates for the same services. Accurate insurance estimates. Online quotes can only be accurate if the customers provide accurate and real info about their car models and driving history. Lying about past driving incidents can make the price estimates to be lower, but when dealing with an insurance company lying to them is useless. Usually, insurance companies will do research about a potential customer before granting him coverage. Online quotes can be sorted easily. Although drivers are recommended to not choose a policy just based on its price, drivers can easily sort quotes by insurance price. Using brokerage websites will allow drivers to get quotes from multiple insurers, thus making the comparison faster and easier. For additional info, money-saving tips, and free car insurance quotes, visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ Compare-autoinsurance.Org is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc. "Online quotes can easily help drivers obtain better car insurance deals. All they have to do is to complete an online form with accurate and real info, then compare prices", said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company. CONTACT: Company Name: Internet Marketing CompanyPerson for contact Name: Gurgu CPhone Number: (818) 359-3898Email: [email protected]: https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ SOURCE: Compare-autoinsurance.Org View source version on accesswire.Com:https://www.Accesswire.Com/595055/What-Are-The-Main-Benefits-Of-Comparing-Car-Insurance-Quotes-Online View photos

ExBUlletin

to request, modification Contact us at Here or [email protected]