One Party Dress, Three Ways

Charli wears a little black dress with illusion lace bodice whilst staring into the distance.

With Christmas next month, many of you will be shopping for your Christmas party dress. But with money tight and sustainability on your mind, how do you make one dress work for all occasions?

The Party Dress. You’re probably searching for one right now. Something that can be worn to the work’s Christmas do or the three-course Sunday lunch at your Grandma’s gold club. I’m really showing my middle class roots with that statement aren’t I? It’s true though – I even shop in Waitrose.

But, when sustainability and reducing our consumption is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, how do you make one dress work for multiple occasions? This is exactly what Oasis recently challenged me with. How can I take a dress from their Christmas party collection and style it three different ways.

The Party Dress

Charli wears a little black dress with illusion lace bodice with a leather jacket flung over her shoulder.

In order to make the dress as versatile as possible, I went for a classic black dress with a pleated skater skirt and a lace bodice. The dress comes in two lengths, a mini skater or a midi skirt.

As many of you know, I’m six months pregnant so my bump is taking up quite a bit of room in my clothes which means it shortens hemlines. As such, I went for the longer length skirt to stop any knicker-flashing. Even if they’re nice knickers, you don’t want to flash the boss when having a boogie on the dance floor – or attract the eye of the dirty old man at the golf club.

On me the skirt sits just above my knee but I’m 5ft10 and my bump takes up at least two inches of skirt – if not more! I’m wearing a size 18 and the empire waistband is a little loose around my ribcage and sit comfortably across my H cup boobs. This suggests the dress comes true to size as I’m more of a size 16 at the moment.

Charli wears a little black dress with illusion lace bodice with a leather jacket.

What I love most about this dress is the Blair Waldorf vibes. A little bit prim and proper with a naughty streak of the illusion lace bodice and a peep-hole back. It is also versatile – easy to dress up or down. It is also timeless – I could have worn this dress ten years ago and I’m sure I could wear it in ten years time.

So, how will I style this dress for different occasions?

Dinner and Drinks

Whether it be Turtle Bay for some jerk chicken and cocktails or a swanky restaurant for a three course meal with champagne, dinner and drinks is the most common of Christmas parties. They’re also my favourite as I love sitting around a food-laden table and connecting with my friends, colleagues and family.

This dress is perfect for occasions like this. It is easy to dress down slightly with a leather jacket or blazer and boots. I’ve styled the dress with a pair of over-the-knee heels but, if I were wearing the shorter skater skirt, I would pair it with ankle boots and sheer tights instead.

Black Tie

Charli wears a pleated midi dress with lace illusion bodice with red lipstick and pearl headband.

Who doesn’t love to dress up to the nines? Especially around Christmas. Although I love a full length gown, they’re not always practical. How many times have you really worn a full length gown more than once? I have three in storage that the most exquisite things you’ve seen. Sadly, they’re just not versatile.

This lace, pleated skater dress, however, is perfect for dressing up. I’ve styled it with nude heels, bare legs, a red lip and a pearl-laden headband. If you want to elevate it further, throw your hair into a loose chignon, raise the heels, and wear some chandelier earrings.

Christmas Markets

Charli walks down a street in a pleated skirt, leather jacket and a beret holding christmas shopping bags.

Not all Christmas occasions are fancy. Nights spent sipping mulled wine (or in my case, this year, mulled apple juice) at Christmas markets are just as enjoyable – if not that bit more magical! I love the independent makers and the opportunity to buy some really unique gifts for your loved ones.

They’re also a social occasion – a chance to connect with friends and enjoy a tipple or two. They’re a party, so why not wear your party dress?

Charli wears a pleated skirt, leather jacket and a beret holding christmas shopping bags.

I’ve styled this one for a cold winter evening – layering a jumper over the dress for added warmth. Add some knee-high boots, a leather jacket and a beret and your look is complete. You can strip off the extra layers when heading to the warmth of your local pub when shopped out and still look Christmas party perfect.

Shop my party dress wardrobe

Wide Fit Knee Boots
Nude Heels
Wide-fit over-the-knee boots
Pearl Headband
Faux Leather Biker Jacket
Step Hem High Neck Jumper
Lace Pleat Skater Dress
Wide Fit Knee Boots
Nude Heels
Wide-fit over-the-knee boots
Pearl Headband
Faux Leather Biker Jacket
Step Hem High Neck Jumper
Lace Pleat Skater Dress

So, how would you style this dress?

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14 Comments

  1. November 13, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    I think my favourite has to be the look for the christmas markets. I like the added colour to the top half.

  2. November 13, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    I love how you can dress it up or down in an instant. It’s just effortlessly chic.

  3. November 13, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    Love the ways you have styled this dress. It’s such a gorgeous dress, might pick it up for my 30th birthday!

  4. Rhian westbury
    November 14, 2019 / 7:15 am

    I love the Christmas market outfit as it’s very casual but still very festive and beautiful x

  5. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    November 14, 2019 / 10:14 am

    That’s a really good idea and a great way to get the most out of clothing. Loving the options for styling. The dress itself is a great style for Christmas parties.

  6. November 14, 2019 / 12:04 pm

    It’s so easy to think that a party dress can only be worn one way, however, it’s lovely to see how you can easily transform it depending on the occasion.

  7. Melanie williams
    November 14, 2019 / 4:53 pm

    You look fab and all party ready. Love the dress and all the lovely looks that you have created xx

  8. November 14, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    Oh I love these ideas! I would of never thought to put a jumper over a dress . It looks absolutely beautiful 🙂

  9. November 15, 2019 / 5:46 pm

    Love this dress! Great idea to put a jumper over it, makes it a completely different outfit

  10. November 15, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    It is such a gorgeous dress, I love the patterned top and plain skirt, it’s really eye catching and it looks fabulous on you. Mich X

  11. November 16, 2019 / 7:00 am

    What a gorgeous and versatile dress, I have something similar just different at the bottom, I love how you’ve styled it as well.

  12. November 16, 2019 / 10:28 am

    Ohhh I love how you have styled them all. They all look fab, I love the second glam look, but love the third look for family visits and lunch with Mum friends.

  13. November 16, 2019 / 10:41 am

    What a dress, its really beautiful and suits you! The detailing at the top is very pretty.

  14. November 16, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    That dress looks great on you Charli. I love Oasis nice to know this dress is available in a size 18. I’m either a 16 or 18 in store.