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Sparkly seasonal glamour

So much choice, too little time, our style expert Kathryn Whittaker helps makes picking our party frock easier.

Published on November 24th 2006.

Sparkly seasonal glamour

Can you believe that it has come around soooo fast? Well ladies, Christmas is upon us and with it comes a festive haze of drinks parties, office gatherings (cringe) and family fall outs.

So with all this socialising, it’s time to pull on your strappies and search for that perfect party frock. This week, I’m making it simple for you with my top tips on what’s hot and what’s not this festive season.

If it’s legs that you favour then you will be spoilt for choice with slouchy mini dresses a plenty. They look great over leggings or jeans but tis the season to be SPARKLY so why not try this little sequinned number? One, it looks sooo much more expensive than it is - £75 from www.asos.com, two, it is pure silk so you will feel fabulous in it, and three it doesn’t come in black (only charcoal and peach), so even if you wanted to you couldn’t go for the good old safe option.

Now, Christmas parties are all about making a splash and there is no better way than colour. So why not stand out from the crowd in this tantalising turquoise number from Dorothy Perkins, a snip at just £25! It’s machine washable - so great for those rogue glasses of red wine splashing about and the cut is great for anyone wanting to hide the tummy area. Pop it with silver heels and a cute clutch bag for real star appeal.

Now, we may not all be 9 foot tall and a size 6 like Erin O’Connor but believe me, this dress works just as well on a size 18. I have so far had three of my clients in this little red number £69 at Limited Collection M&S and all of them have loved it. The drapey fabric is perfect for the more curvaceous among us and if the plunging neckline is a little too risky for the office party, just pop a vest underneath for a more demure look.

Now I wouldn’t be so cruel as not to give you at least one little black dress, even though there are millions of other colours out there. This fitted strapless option is from Wallis and at £50 it makes a pretty good investment. The cream tie at the waist adds some interest and creates a classy look. Team with some leopard print shoes and bag or some burnished gold jewellery for head turning classic glamour.

So there you go girls, four perfect party dresses to get you started. Remember the key to all of them looking good is what lies beneath so pay particular attention to underwear. Try M&S shape wear, Spanx big knickers (John Lewis) or even our old friends Trinny and Susanna’s own brand of hold you in, push you up shorts for a slinky silhouette (Get them at Debenhams). Good bras a must, and be they push up, strapless, halter neck or stick on get yourself measured – two boobs is better than four.

Now, go forth and be merry and I will be back next week with all you need to know to accessorise your perfect party frock.

Have Fun

Kathryn Whittaker
Code Style and Image Consultancy

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