It’s official – Christmas is just around the corner and the work party season has well and truly arrived!
But how do you dress for a Christmas party if the venue of choice is less than conventional? With bosses choosing quirkier venues to host the festive celebrations, many of us have been left wondering just what on earth to wear.
You can’t go far wrong with the little black dress, but what if your work party requires something a tad more practical? Luckily, River Island have got you covered with this handy guide on how to dress for any office party venue:
Sophisticated Stately Home:
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If you’re one of the lucky ones, you could be celebrating your work Christmas party in a stately home or castle. Here, you might be greeted with a medieval banquet, take part in some activities or enjoy a ball in your surroundings. Of course, it depends on what’s lined up for you at your party but it’s nice to look the part.
If you’re going to be doing a lot of dancing, you may want to opt for something more comfortable.
Plisse trousers have been on-trend in recent years — they’re comfy and fashionable! This style is perfect for flexibility in movement and keeping your legs covered for the cooler temperatures. Pair with a three-quarter sleeve fitted top or a bardot style crop to complete your look. This style goes great with flat or heeled shoes, so wear what you feel comfortable in. The great thing about these pants too is that they’ve got an elasticated waist (ideal for tucking into a medieval buffet!).
Bowling And Drinks:
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Who doesn’t enjoy showing off their competitive side? If your Christmas party is at a bowling alley, chances are you’ll probably be heading out for a few drinks afterwards, so you need something that’s suitable for scoring a strike and for when you’re drinking cocktails later on.
Comfort is the name of the game here – but you’ll want to keep it stylish, of course. Think on-trend jumpsuits and trousers with a cute top. You’ve probably noticed that ‘80s fashion has been back with a bang this year, and it hasn’t stopped for AW18. It’s all about being bold with your colour palette and really owning it! It’s not often your colleagues get to see you outside of your work-wear so show them your true colours in a bold jumpsuit. Choose one with a chunky belt to create that ‘80s inspired cinched waist and accessorise with statement hoops.
You can’t go far wrong with this summer’s hottest trend – culottes. But there are so many varieties now that they certainly shouldn’t be kept for just one season.
Play it safe with high-waisted black trousers and jazz it up top with a glitter-infused bodysuit or cute crop — pair with a sparkly clutch and your good to go.
Traditional Restaurant Meal:
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A meal and drinks is the traditional Christmas party format.
A traditional meal in a restaurant is the most common choice of Christmas party format. But, how should you dress for an occasion like this? It can be uncomfortable to eat a roast dinner in a tight bodycon, but you don’t want to be dressed informally for when you hit the bars later on.
If the little black dress just isn’t your thing, you may want to try something a bit more daring. Show off your pins in a midi dress and channel your inner party animal with leopard or snake print (two patterns that are very on-trend this season). Pair with barely-there sandals and a matching bag and your good to go!Of course, with the temperature being on the chilly side in December, you might want to try jeans with an embellished cami top. The covered legs will keep you warm when you’re moving from restaurant to bar and your fancy top will be admired over the dinner table.
This season, it’s all about sequin embellishments and metallic camis — perfect for this years’ festivities.
Party On A Rooftop Terrace:
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Let’s face it, we all wish summer could last forever. Due to the colder climate of the UK, we don’t get to spend much time outdoors during the autumn and winter so a party on a rooftop makes a nice change!
Rooftop terrace parties give you the chance to really show off your style credentials – think red dresses, sequins or long glittering ball gowns. Why not go all out in a sequin maxi dress? Or pair an accordion skirt with a sequin top. Keep your feet warm in suede heeled ankle boots or a dressy loafer.
Outdoor venues definitely call for a good coat. This season it’s all about faux fur and we’re loving it! Keep it classic in a black or brown waist-length jacket or go big and bold with a coloured fur coat and chunky collar.
If this isn’t your style, you can’t go wrong in a classic leather jacket — match with a cross-body clutch and your outfit is complete.
With sustainability and comfort, as their main focus, the Dublin based brand Theo & George founded by Katie O’Riordan, has fast become the go to for women looking for clothes that are easy to wear and are made to move in. Whether you are looking for something stylish for the office or just for running around with the kids, Theo and George offer a range that will make you feel, live and move better.
The brand sells exclusively online and offers the modern day women a collection of timeless and stylish pieces for every occasion in her busy day. From easy to wear classic t-shirts, to luxurious cashmere all made for everyday wearing. Each and every item is made from high quality ethically sourced materials for premium quality and sustainability.
Here are 5 pieces that has fast become our favourite “must add “ to wardrobe items.
Go through your day with ease and comfort in the soft and lightweight Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck paired with the versatile Gretta Wrap Skirt.
Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck 264€- Gretta Wrap Skirt 119
Nothing is more versatile then the classic V-neck T-shirt, from running around the city to doing school runs. Their Jill V-neck t-shirt is oversized and super soft for easy movement and comfort all day long. Available in colours white, pink, black ,grey and navy.
Jill V-neck t-shirt - 39€
The easy to slip on Leigh Slip dress is made for easy layering on those cooler days. Pair it with the Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck for a sleek and sophisticated day look.
The sheer Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck is lightweight and the perfect layering partner for those days when you just need something easy to slip into. Paired with the Bridget Track pants.
Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck 129€- Bridget Track pants 99€
The Bridget track pants, available in black and green, with its high waisted elastic band, makes this jogger pants the go to for comfort and style, whether you pair it with trainers of heels for a ultra sport lux look.
The Karina zip back t-shirt dress is another wardrobe must have with its zip detail at the back. Perfect for a chic and comfortable look.
Karina zip t-shirt dress 149€
Need to see more of Theo & George and their beautifully designed collection, then head on over to www.theoandgeorge.com
The secret to a stylish and affordable summer wardrobe, is knowing how to wear that one piece you love over and over again. And a shirt is one of those key wardrobe pieces that can take you through a hot sunny summer season.
My Top Pick
The eye catching Spot Print shirt with short rolled sleeves and cute boxy crop fit.
It is one of those pieces that you can dress up or down and will look equally good with a pair of worn jeans or a smart work trousers.
The flattering V neckline gives the shirt a subtle sensual feel making it the right choice for a pair of Black Denim lace shorts, paired with your favourite bikini, a cute mini basket and sandals for a day of fun on the beach.
Summer holidays are for sleeping in and only waking up in time for brunch. The loose fit and boxy crop fit make this shirt super easy to wear and great to pair with just about anything, like the khaki midi skirt and slider sandals for a simple and easy brunch look.
The rust color makes it a perfect piece for a neutral monochrome look. Pair it with a chic pair of tapered trouser in a neutral color like the Stone trousers, brown leather handbag and crochet gold slingbacks for a easy-to-wear Monday or Friday #ootd.
If there is anything that is going to make your life easy on a hot summer's day, whether for work or play then it is a good shirt that is easy to wear, time and time again.
Nothing like having an organised holiday checklist for your wardrobe style! We all want to look good in our holiday snaps, but we don’t really want the fuss of spending hours each day thinking of how to slay in those holiday photos. I picked some of my favourite staple pieces for a good holiday: easy to style; and effortlessly snap-worthy. I am currently in love with items from Mango and have picked items from there. enjoy!
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A few bright blossoms makes all the difference! And it is on our most darkest days that we all need a bit of floral enchantment to brighten up our surroundings.
Beautify not just your wardrobe but also your day with these flowery picks. Each piece promises to make a statement and enhance your mood.
Pink and Green Poppy print puff long sleeve maxi dress from LIQUORISH
The Poppy is such a lovely detail on this dress, a symbol of beauty and success, the print just pops against the green backdrop. Making the color scheme and the print both vibrant and reminiscent of a carefree summer with a promise of a joyous autumn/winter.
Floral embroidered jumper from Littlewoods Ireland
This floral embroidered jumper in the colors black, blue and red will be the perfect companion to a pair of your favourite jeans. Pair it with the most delightful pair of floral kitten heel, ankle boots from Primark, and you will be totaly in bloom.
Kitten Floral Ankle Heels Primark
And if you want to complete your floral garden slip into these flowery High Waist Medium Control Briefs from M&Co
There is just something about big flowers that just says look at me. Couple that with a skirt and you are a lady as soon as you zip up that zipper. The vibrancy of the flowers on this full midi skirt from Girls on Film is like a charming bouquet that needs to be shared with the world.
Accessorise it with this ritzy black floral and gold detail handbag from New Look
For a swanky look don on the rather opulent Green floral print faux fur collar coat from New Look
Bring new life and energy to a plain grey pants suits with these red floral embroidered court heel from Wallis.
Love them or loath them, beautiful blooms will always be alluring.
Nothing invigorates me more then a clear blue sky, that first peak in the morning at that blue sky puts a smile on my face. Because I know that it brings with it the promise of a magnificent day full of adventure, new possibilities and endless fun and pleasure. Blue in all its glorious shades are the perfect pick-me-up colour to re-energise your wardrobe.
The lighter shade, Niagra Denim blue rocks you gently into a sweet state of relaxation. This soft blue shade, is versatile and a comfortable colour to wear whether it is for daytime fun or office wear, as it a can be easily matched with either bold, pastel or muted colours.
Chambray Dress with Short Ruffled Sleeves @ La Redoute
Strappy Double Layer Dress @ Oliver Bonas
Blue Lace Shift Dress @ Dorothy Perkins
The darker more richer Lapis Blue is a much more stronger and confident shade. It is gorgeous in its depth of colour. Perfect for something a bit more formal like special occasion evening wear.
Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress @ Simply Be
The last shade of blue will transport you to your own Island Paradise, Aqua Blue. This shade is exhilarating with is green undertone. A beautiful colour on its own but it comes alive when paired with white or even a deep see green for a sophisticated look or with orange for a more playful look.
Frill Trim Wrap Front Dress @ New Look
Tie Dye Skirt @ East
Do stock up on your favourite shade of Blue it will perk you up on those not so clear blue sky days. Whether it is new dress, a pair of shoes or accessories. Big or small just as long as it is something Blue to transport you to a happy place.
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