How to Wear: Sparkle & Shine

The holidays are coming, signalling the start of the party season so it’s time to shop til you drop for that dazzling party outfit to blow them all away. To make it a little easier for you, we’ve selected the best sparkly options for those upcoming Christmas occasions. 

Nothing says Christmas like sequins and sparkle -from tinsel on the Christmas tree to twinkling lights on the street- but the best sparklers are the ones in our festive wardrobe. With an abundance of options available, whether you prefer a subtle jewelled neckline or full on sequins, you’re sure to shimmer the night away in these beautiful designs.



Get the look– from left: Miss Selfridge embellished nude and silver dress, Dune suede boot heels, No. 1 by Jenny Packham nude stone ring, Wallis red shift dress, Dune grey pointed court shoes, Love Story large silver ring, Debut black sequinned cami dress, Call it Spring caged black heels, Buckley London blue stone ring. 

Cocktail Hour

What to wear: The cocktail dress.

While fashion fads fade, the cocktail dress is a classic for a reason. Originating in the 1920s, the cocktail dress became the attire of the fashion elite who would attend soirées and events wearing the short evening dress. Today, every girl loves an evening of glamour and the cocktail dress allows just that.

How to wear it: As usual, the autumn/winter runways we’re abundant with sparkly designs providing the perfect sartorial inspiration for the party season. Our favourite partywear designer, Julien Macdonald, decked models out in glittered mini dresses with booted heels to add a fashion edge. Don’t forget, a dazzling cocktail ring is a must-have accessory, showcasing your party manicure as you sip your colourful drink.

Tip: Achieve model-worthy limbs with a touch of fake tan – the golden glow will act to slim and contour your pins.


Ball gowns


Get the look– from left: Debut green sequinned sleeveless dress, No.1 by Jenny Packham sandal, Navy dress, Roland Cartier embellished peep toe courts, No. 1 by Jenny Packham red glittered evening dress, KG Kurt Geiger red velvet pointed heels. 

Belle of the Ball

What to wear: The ball gown.

Another classic, the ball gown has been around since the mid 19th century.  It may have once been synonymous with corseted waists and heavy skirts, but nowadays it’s all about sleek, sheer and glittered gowns that will flatter your figure and make you feel a million dollars.

How to wear it: The future Queen, Kate Middleton is our favourite inspiration for appropriate yet contemporary eveningwear style. The Duchess is proof that simplicity is key so make sure you let your gown do all the talking by paring back your accessories. Try a simple strappy heeled sandal and minimal jewellery for a look that is both modern and elegant.

Tip: Take the opportunity to wear a shorter, more practical heel to ensure a floor skimming hem (you’ll be able to dance longer as well).



Get the look– from left: Coast embellished top, Betty Jackson.Black jacquard skirt, Star by Julien Macdonald black beaded clutch, Faith sequinned flat shoes, The Collection cream jumper, Wallis nude sequinned pencil skirt, Debut beaded scallop clutch, Dorothy Perkins rose gold pumps, Star by Julien Macdonald gold glittered top (coming soon), Coast red full skirt, Ravel black velvet shoes with pearl embellishment.

Dinner Date

What to wear: Sequins, cashmere and evening flats.

Party season is not just about drinking and dancing, a Christmas dinner is an important part of the festive calendar. Elevate your daytime essentials by opting for gilded skirts, luxurious wool and embellished flats. Including traditional festive colours of dark green, red, gold and snow white will ensure your outfit is appropriate for the season.

How to wear it: Olivia Palermo has mastered the art of styling separates, take inspiration from the style guru by combining several textures. Try a leather skirt with an embellished top or a sequinned skirt with a wool jumper. Also don’t be afraid to mix shapes; pair a full skirt with a minimalist boxy top to balance out the silhouette. To finish it off, simply add a pair of on-trend evening flats– the more glitzy the better.

Tip: If you don’t want to buy another item you can easily dress up your favourite jumper with a statement necklace.

Whether you choose to take the short cut with a mini dress or mix and match your favourite everyday essentials for dinner, by following our hints and tips you’ll be ready to party in no time.

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