It's never too early to start thinking about that perfect party outfit!
If you're quite content breaking out the fail-safe little black number again this Christmas then go right ahead. It's a classic for a reason. If however, you like to mix things up, make a statement and nail the season's must-wear trends, then read on. We're rounding up the key looks to give your festive outfits the AW15 catwalk seal of approval.
The overall mood is dark, romantic and beautifully opulent – perfect to take you from cocktail hour to the early hours in show-stopping style.
Lace has always had a place in partywear, but this season it's bigger and better than ever. The ultimate investment is a chic lace party dress in black, berry or blush. It's the perfect romantic take on party dressing.
Victoriana-inspired style has been big news all season, and it shows no sign of slowing for Christmas. Look out for higher necklines to nail the look and throw on some elaborate jewellery to instantly amp up the glamour for evening events.
Suedette, ponyskin-effect textures, snakeskin-style fabrics and faux fur all make the grade when it comes to giving your party wardrobe a luxe look. On the catwalk it was all about the statement coat. Layer one on over your party dress for the ultimate in glamorous dressing.
From the boldest shades of purple to more subtle grape and berry tones, purple adds a splash of colour to partywear for Christmas. Try rich shades teamed with black for a striking contrast or add bronze, pewter and silver accessories for a modern twist.
Shimmer & Shine
Nothing is quite as glam as shimmery, shiny and sparkling finishes. Look for sequins, lurex-style fabrics and glossy metallics to get the look. Not brave enough to wear it top-to-toe? Try a skirt or top teamed with black or experiment with shimmering bags and shoes for a more subtle take on the trend.
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