Fab Friday style tip: 4 key outfits for the Christmas party season

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty, Fashion 29 Comments

This time next week I’ll be in full prep mode for my husband’s work Christmas party. It’s just a small affair for … 1500 people.

I was in a similar position this time last year. The only person I knew out of the other 1499 people was my husband. It’s a daunting proposition showing up to an event where you don’t know anyone, let alone when it’s a dressy-up affair.

Oh, the pressure.

Pause for gratuitous Colin Firth photo. Shame it's too hot for an ugly Christmas sweater.

Pause for gratuitous Colin Firth photo. Shame it’s too hot for an ugly Christmas sweater.

I’m not complaining because, let’s face it, it’s going to be a hell of a lot more exciting than the party I could throw for my staff. Unless you all want to join me for a virtual champagne, it would be a case of me popping on a Santa hat, cracking a bottle of bubbly and pouring it into my coffee mug while I tweeted. Yep, I can tell you’d all be lining up for a piece of that party action.

Now, not being privvy to your social diary for the next month (yes, that’s right, it’s one month till Christmas Day), I don’t know what sort of “dos” you might have on and what wardrobe curve balls they might throw at you.

So I’m going to run through the most common and offer some suggestions on where to start, outfit wise.

But before I do, I do have a few rules gentle suggestions when it comes to being party-ready at this time of year:

1. Make sure your cut and colour appointments are booked in. It gets crazy trying to get an appointment in the lead-up to Christmas and, trust me, if all is going well in the hair department then you’re half-way there to feeling fabulous in any party situation.

2. Either book in for some mani or pedi action or make time to DIY at home. A good salon pedi applied next week should see you through to New Year’s. And you know my thoughts on Shellac? Yep, I’ve got my Shellac appointments all locked in. My hands intend to be wrapped around many a champagne glass and I want my nails to be noticed in a good way, not in a “oh my God how can she call herself a beauty writer way”.

3. If you’re after a golden glow to work back with your party frock, then either go hard on the gradual self-tanner everyday for the next month or book one or two salon spray tans for key times.

4. Make a list of all the parties, gatherings or catch-ups you’ve got coming up and see if you have clothes in your wardrobe that would work perfectly for those occasions. If there’s a glaring gap and you’re wanting to splash out on something new, then go for it. I’d just suggest you buy something you know you’ll still wear again this season. Kaftan and maxi styles are perfect for this as they can be dressed up with heels and dressed down with flats for two quite different looks.

5. Be like a human Christmas tree and go crazy in the accessories department. Too much bling is never enough at this time of year.

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The Christmas outfit social calendar (tick any which may apply)

 

The glitzy office Christmas party where you don’t know anyone:

Christmas Party glam

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The school mums’ end-of-year breakup where you still don’t know anyone because you do the drop and run:

What to wear school mums Christmas break-ups

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The “we must catch up before Christmas” drinks with friends:

Christmas casual

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The industry networking Christmas event:

industry networking Christmas event

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The pity party for one (otherwise known as the Styling You Christmas party):

Christmas for one

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What Christmas parties, gatherings, functions do you have coming up? Do you plan your outfits ahead or just take it one day at a time? And would you like to come to my virtual Christmas party?

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Comments 29

  1. Hi Nikki,
    Love all the outfits – have a question for you. Would the red jeans outfit work with nude wedges on a Christmas harbour cruise for my hushands work do? I’m terribly confused on what to wear because is supposed to be raining and cold….
    Jo

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  2. The Zuni christmas party starts with trapeze. Lycra and xmas parties just don’t belong together on my body. Part 2 of the xmas party is dinner which will be suitably glamorous …. but by then the shame of lycra will be forever burned in my colleagues minds and no amount of floaty fabulous dress will cover up the fact that I know that they now know where all my bumps and lumps are.

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  3. I’m off to my husband’s work Xmas party tonight where I’ll know no one & in a different city to boot. I had no idea what to bring with me as he gave me no idea how formal it will be. Men! I am also limited to carry on luggage as he refuses to fly with a suitcase & be forced to wait at the carousels. Oh well, I have tried my best. Off now to see if I can get in to a hairdresser/beautician in a strange city so at least I will feel groomed. I like the sound of the Styling You Xmas party. I will chill the champagne in anticipation when I get home.

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      Oh, Thea … I feel your pain. Nothing worse than not being clear on the dress code and not knowing anyone else. Good luck – hope you find a hairdresser.

      And stay tuned … the Styling You Christmas party is a brewing!

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  4. Oh I love the Styling You Pity Party! Looks like fun 🙂

    I used to hate missing out on last minute spray tan appointments so I got a kit on Ebay and can do it at home whenever I like. It sounds ridiculous, but it works – especially at busy times like this.

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      You’re invited! And Serena, I think you’re on to something with the home spray tan kit. I really don’t like walking anywhere without a bra on and that walk out of the salon after a spray is hurried one!

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      Will let you know when and where – well, it will be on Twitter or Facebook and BYO at your house 😉 But if enough people are interested, I’ll be offering a up a goody pack to one lucky guest.

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  5. I am compering a Christmas Trivia night next week and want to dress up glamorous but also fun. Haven’t got a clue not anything in my wardrobe. Went shopping at Carindale and Chermside but found nothing!
    Now back on Sunshine Coast so “HELP!”

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  6. I’d totally come to your virtual christmas party!

    I am struggling for outfits for the month of December. I have outfits, yes I do! But I am torn between what can appear “too casual” or “too overdressed”. I am going with just dressing how i’d like to for the occasion, because it will reflect me. But still, guidelines get blurry for things like dinners.

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      Excellent – will let you know the date! Maxi dresses are the key to what you’re looking for. With flats they’re still on the casual side but you look dressed up because they’re full length.

  7. Oh My. You have such a wonderful eye. I want to wear all of those and you have got the type of events we mums go to spot on! Did my industry association networking event on Wednesday night dolled up in Charlie Brown because I was feeling a bit lumpy and bumpy that day and CB skims over my bumps! Only 5 more xmas parties to go to and a Book Launch! Sheesh!

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      Thanks Penny … love going “virtual” shopping and not even looking at the price tag but you can look at the styles and find similar cheaper elsewhere or in your wardrobe. Love the sound of that CB dress.

  8. Ooohh love the first look but don’t think I have anything that impressive to wear it too. Off to my husbands 40th tonight so all spray tanned up for an apricot, aqua and tan colored dress. The rest of the season will probably be dinners out with friends and school mums and bbq’s so looks 2 and 3 would be great!

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