It’s the time of year where, for us, the main thing on our fashion-focused mind is what to wear for the Christmas party.
We’ve been searching the internet for our favourite night-time pieces, be they sassy sequins and glitter or chic bows and tie waists, and created 5 outfits using top trends from John Lewis & Partners.
The Sequin Dress
Our first pick is the stunning Maya Sequin Dress from Studio 8. It’s short, sweet and adorned with sequins, but bear with us- we’ve picked the perfect accessories to make this a fabulous piece for the lady you are now. We just love the dress for its fluted angel sleeves that are fabulous for covering up our arms, and the tie waist is incredibly flattering for any shape; hiding any tummy and accentuating your waist with the flared skater skirt.
We’ve added mature accessories to this stunning dress to create a sophisticated look. Team the dress with John Lewis & Partners’ Opal Ankle Boots in a premium black suede. We love a pair of kitten heeled boots; they’re high enough to accentuate our legs but low enough to walk in, and they mean we can wear tights with our dress! With a simple elasticated design complete with feminine scallop detailing, these boots are stylish enough for every occasion, and comfortable enough with the underfoot cushioning for everyday wear. We matched the sequin dress with some of the glamorous jewels on the Dune Bedana Jewelled Box Clutch to add the ‘wow’ factor to this fabulous outfit.
The Velvet Dress
Whether it’s jewelled tones, forest shades or rustic colourways, green is a key colourway for the Christmas party this year. This Toast number manages to tick two style boxes too with the rich velvet fabric! We just love this charming dress for its sophisticated midi length and crossover chest; providing vintage detailing to a modern trend. Long sleeves are perfect for covering up our arms and keeping us cosy, and the tie waist provides extra structure to the dress; accentuating our waists.
We’ve chosen contrasting fabrics and autumn colourways to give this beautiful dress an extra edge so you’ll truly stand out from the crowd. The John Lewis & Partners Collarless Tailored Jacket and Bella Slingback Court Shoes are both crafted from luxuriously soft leathers, allowing the velvet fabric to really pop. The leather jacket creates a smarter look, with the hemline accentuating your waist and clean lines adding a contemporary twist to the classic blazer. However, our favourite part of this outfit just has to be these fabulous John Lewis & Partners court shoes. An elastic ankle strap and underfoot cushioning allow for all-night comfort, but the gorgeous styling of the shoes complements the dress’ vintage feel perfectly. To brighten up the look. We’ve added the Matt & Nat Collection Drew Body Bag in a mustard colourway to perfectly complement the spruce dress.
If you’re looking for something different this year, a jumpsuit is the perfect answer, and this luxe Tux from Damsel in a Dress is our favourite piece. With a faux-wrap bodice and long blouson sleeves, this jumpsuit evokes sophistication, and the plain black colourway means we can team this with fabulous playful accessories.
John Lewis & Partners’ Bianca Stiletto Heels in burgundy provide the ultimate colourful twist to our favourite jumpsuit. Barely there black foot straps continue with the sophisticated theme, the soft suede burgundy heels add a pop of colour, and the nude barely there straps perfectly team up the materials and colours. To match the nude straps, we’ve chosen the John Lewis & Partners Avery Cross Body Bag. Cross body bags add a simple to design to a sophisticated look, and provide a practical alternative to the classic clutch. Premium gold-toned hardware adds an extra touch of elegance to the bag, and plenty of pockets and zips means there’s extra room for your lippy!
If you’re looking for something classically stunning this year, it just must be a maxi dress. Studio 8’s Opal Dress in Berry is a definitive, understated design that looks as gorgeous as the accessories you can style with it. The floor-sweeping style features a gorgeous wrap neckline complete with a sheer overlay that covers up your arms and tummy, and neat pleating details give the maxi skirt a fluid drape.
We’ve styled this with a (faux, of course) fur jacket from Fenn Wright Manson for a touch of luxe vintage styling. This glamorous jacket fits perfectly with a maxi with its cropped design helping to elongate your legs, and the collarless design adds a touch of stylish chic to your look. The John Lewis & Partners Alannah Court Shoes further the vintage look with the pointed toe, V foot opening and stylish block heel (Plus, block heels are so easy to walk in!), and the soft suede combines with underfoot cushioning for the most comfortable shoes for your evening. To complete the look, we’ve chosen a burgundy John Lewis & Partners Lane leather Pouch. This oversized pouch in a luxe leather and suede design would look just fabulous carried in your hands or around your wrist, and the colourway ties in neatly with the stunning red dress.
The Party Top
If Christmas party outfits scream ‘anything but a dress!’ for you, a top and trousers duo can look equally as magical. That’s why we’ve chosen this luxe Satin Back Crepe Pleat Front Top from John Lewis & Partners in the Neutral colourway. The luxe colourway and fabric combine with a delicate pleated front to create a flowing design for a striking quality that looks just fabulous tucked into trousers or layered loosely over depending on your figure. We think this would look just lovely with pearl jewellery, and John Lewis & Partners’ Slim Leg Tailored Trousers in black for a modern, sophisticated design. The premium lightweight wool blend design will keep you warm, and will sit perfectly with the luxe satin top.
Team your top and trousers combo with the Ted Baker Karly Tassel Evening Clutch. The elegant tassel detailing, premium velvet material and gold logo and chain finish all add further glamour to your sophisticated look. To finish, we’ve chosen the Ted Baker Peetche Embellished Court Shoes with its elegant brooch-style embellishment and oriental-inspired embroidery to the heel; this look is for the truly glamorous.
Discover even more fabulous partywear at John Lewis & Partners; but first we’d love to know what you think of these outfits!
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