It might well be the season to party, but unfortunately most of us have to work through December too. What you need are quick and easy outfit solutions to take you from work to the office party, Christmas cocktails or a special evening event, with no change of clothes required.
We’ll show you how to transform our three perfect party dresses from dressed down deskwear to dancefloor-ready in seconds. But first, three top tips for getting through the party season in style:
1. Sparkle and Shine
Embellishment on night-out outfits means there’s no need to add jewellery. Choose a dress with an embellished neckline or cuffs for a subtle office-friendly alternative to all-over beading.
2. A Mini Make-Up Bag
Consider keeping a mini make-up bag at the office for party season so you can glam up at a moment’s notice. Great for spontaneous drinks invitations.
3. Party Season Survival Kit
Spare tights, perfume, blister plasters, paracetamol – these are all pre- and post- party essentials that you’d be wise to keep in your desk drawer through December.
Our Fab Three for Day-to-Night Dressing:
1. The Body-con Dress
This super simple body-con dress is the perfect blank canvas to dress up or down. It’s appropriate for even the stuffiest office, while the figure hugging nature of the dress adds a sexy touch for after clocking-off time.
By Night: Ditch the cardigan and show off your beautiful figure, swap the tights for a pretty patterned pair and some sparkly heels for a trendier look – and don’t forget to add your favourite red lipstick. If it’s too cold for bare arms, throw on a sequin jacket to outshine your colleagues in an instant.
2. The Embellished Dress
If you’re a fan of sparkle, then you’ll love this embellished dress which comes in two colourways: plain black or a cream and black pattern. With short sleeves and a respectable length, we think we’ve found the perfect desk-to-drinks dress.
By Day: This dress is ideal for the office, even after the party season. Just add a black suit jacket and court shoes for a look that’s both stylish and sensible enough for the 9-5.
By Night: The silver beading on the neckline of this dress means that you don’t have to worry about fiddling with jewellery. If you’re wondering what to wear to a house party after work, just add a black biker jacket and a pair of chunky-heeled ankle boots to this Swinging ‘60s-style dress to give it a totally trendy new lease of life.
3. The Jumpsuit
Think there’s no way you can wear a jumpsuit for work? Think again! The jumpsuit is a party season favourite, but it is possible to dress it down for daytime – especially in December, the month of the Christmas jumper and novelty bauble earrings! This sequin shift is a respectable length and a sleeved style. A dark colour like black or blue will be the most workplace-friendly choice.
By Day: Dress down with a short sleeved shirt and a simple pair of black boots. Lose the shirt and add a cardigan with a bit of sparkle and this outfit will take you from day to night with ease.
By Night: A sparkly party dress calls for a skyscraper heel, so leave the loafers at the office and take your heels out for a dance instead. If the cardigan doesn’t work for you, swap if for a faux fur jacket and head to the party in one of the biggest AW15 trends.
Don’t let the small matter of work get in the way of a brilliant party season. With our gorgeous day-to-night party dresses there’s no reason why officewear and occasionwear can’t be one and the same.