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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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So, how would you style this dress?
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