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STYLE ADVICE: How do I style this dress for our work Christmas party?

Posted on: November 26, 2012

QUESTION: I’m wearing this dress to my work Christmas party (no-one seems to dress up ultra glam!) but would like a jacket or cardigan to wear with it inside, any suggestions? My budget is no more than £50. Also, any suggestions on accessories and shoes? Same budget.

ANSWER:  A Christmas party is a great reason to dress up. Your dress is gorgeous and the fit-and-flare style will balance out your hip-to-shoulder proportions perfectly. Sticking to your budget, here are some versatile pieces that will not only help create a stylish outfit for the evening but will also fit effortlessly into the rest of your wardrobe:

1. Matalan, jacket, £20: You cannot go wrong with a chic tailored black jacket. Let your dress make the statement and keep everything else understated and polished. You have two styles listed here at varying prices. Firstly, well under your budget, from Matalan or H&M , you could go for a svelte, figure-flattering single breasted blazer. This will multi-task perfectly at the weekend with jeans as well as with countless other dresses. A cropped jacket like these pieces from Dorothy Perkins and Principles by Ben de Lisi (both at the £50 end of the scale) will accentuate your waist and sit perfectly with the fit-and-flare style of your dress.

2. Dune, black courts, £48: This is a great pair of heels with a subtle platform to keep you comfortable. I like the sweetheart detail on the foot of the shoe. Again these will be useful and versatile wardrobe staples, perfect with jeans or a stylish skirt look.

3. New look, clutch, £12.99: You can never have too many clutches. They are so easy to use and dress up any look. What’s more this will fit into your work bag so you can swap come evening time. The faux snake skin effect of this clutch mirrors the textured fabric of your dress.

4. Principles by Ben de Lisi, clutch, £15.90: You could style your look with a single striking burst of colour. I’ve selected ‘purple’ which is one of your favourites and perhaps go for a wintry berry nail varnish. But do keep the shoes and jackets to a sophisticated black. Have a fashionably fabulous Christmas party. Natalie x

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