We are fast approaching the busiest time of year in our social calendars.  The task of choosing an outfit is far from a walk in the park.  Let me help you with dressing for the party season.

Whatever our individual traditions, it’s always a bonus to pick something that heralds this exciting time of year with family and friends.  It will not be hard to find something a little glitzy and glamorous this year.  The challenge is finding something suitable when you have a number of events lined up!

I love the feel appeal of velvet which looks great on for a luxurious party look – I particularly like wide leg trousers with a fitted and feminine top taking you effortlessly from Christmas drinks to Christmas Day.  Whatever you do, it is essential to incorporate some sparkle this season just don’t forget the opulent velvet and standout sequins.

I am an advocate of choosing outfits that offer real flexibility throughout the year so I opt for pieces that can mix and match with others.

Here are some of my dressing for the party season favourites:

Photo Credit Phase Eight

Phase Eight Stardust wrap blouse

The SPARKLY TOP that you can wear at home with jeans or easily paired for an evening out with smart trousers or a skirt.  This wrap style is great for disguising a heavier bust and also for those wishing to hide a tummy, look for tops with ruching around the tummy area.  Finding a colourful top will also create an impact drawing the eye upwards.




Photo credit Joe Browns Velvet Bow Shoes

Don’t forget the embellished shoes that you will see in a variety of stores this Winter.  Remember that they will not withstand much wet weather nor snow, if we are dreaming of a white Christmas!





Photo credit Next Sequin Front Sweatshirt

Nothing says Christmas quite like SEQUINS and can be found on dresses and tops alike.  However these carry a post-christmas warning – if hand-washing is not an option for you, choose a finish that allows for machine washing.  It will spend more time in the wash basket than on your back and for all sorts of reasons, we want to avoid that.



Photo credit Boden Clarissa Jumpsuit

Boden Clarissa Jumpsui

A jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress or separates.   They tend to be very flattering for most body shapes.  Depending upon the occasion, they are an easy item to dress up or down – flat pumps for a party at home and heels for a party elsewhere.



Wrap up this season – look out for the variety of faux fur hats, a lovely trilby or colourful scarf and wrap.

Before you purchase, do consider what your wardrobe needs for the season.  If you already have a sparkly top, consider buying a pair of velvet trousers or leather skirt that will provide and entirely new look.  Choosing clothes you feel comfortable in means that you will be happy to wear them for longer.

Whether you are looking for a single item, a full outfit or an accessory to enhance your look, I do hope that this selection has provided some inspiration for dressing for the party season.

If however you need some guidance as to the colours that best suit you or the styles that flatter your body shape, I would love to hear from you.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a party season of good cheer and all that sparkles.

Stylishly Yours

Jackie Crawford