Christmas outfits that aren’t party dresses

Party dresses are so 2016. Instead, here are four sophisticated outfits for your Christmas function.

Style tricks for your Christmas outfit

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s not uncommon to find your head suddenly spinning with shopping lists, new recipes and travel plans. On top of all this, one of the more stressful tasks can be trying to work out what to wear to your work/family/neighbourhood Christmas party. 

While most women immediately start looking for the perfect dress, there’s no need to run out and buy a sparkly number that will sit in your wardrobe gathering dust for the rest of the year. We have four fresh takes on how to pull together a killer outfit – no dress required. 

1.    The statement jacket

Provided it’s not boiling hot, never underestimate the power of a jacket. Whether it’s an eye-catching print, embellished, sequined or cut from a luxe fabric, this is one simple and sure-fire way to make an outfit anything but basic. Pair with neutrals such as black jeans or lightweight trousers and a simple singlet or cami. For a more formal evening look, put on a pair of killer heels and earrings to complete the look. 

2.    Jump in

Before you protest that you’re ‘too old’ to even consider negotiating yourself into a ‘onesie’ of sorts, let me say this a) you are definitely not and b) the right jumpsuits can be even more flattering than a dress. 

The trick to a jumpsuit is getting the proportions right. Do not buy this online – unless you can return it for a full refund – take the time to try it on and make sure the waist sits where it should on your torso. Avoid a tapered leg and anything to clingy around the bottom or stomach. A classic option, such as black or navy, is both slimming and infinitely wearable. Dress up with a big necklace, bold lips and heels or opt for a more casual look with sandals and a fun scarf. 

3.    Skirting around

A skirt and top are arguably always a winner over a dress for the simple reason that you can mix and match them after the event to create far more outfits than you can with one frock. Choose a style that flatters your figure, and pair with a silk cami, blouse or fitted top. A belt can be a great way to add interest to this ensemble while emphasising your waist. Pleats are big this season and make a great option for a more formal look. 

4.    Wear the pants

Far from being just for men, it’s hard to imagine an easier way to channel that certain cool, je ne sais quoi vibe that seems to follow French girls around than by opting for a pair of tailored trousers. Whether in black, cream or a statement shade, wear with a dressy satin or silk top or a cami and soft lightweight jacket. Add a feminine twist to the outfit by accessorising with statement jewellery.

  

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