RAZ­ZLE DAZ­ZLE ’EM

This fes­tive pe­riod sees the re­turn of op­u­lence and el­e­gance with lux­u­ri­ous vel­vet, satin, sequins and frills. Get ready for the most glam­orous party sea­son ever...

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Contents - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY MONA MAYER STYLING AMANDA MAR­CAN­TO­NIO

It’s all about glam­our

SKIRT THE IS­SUE

Bring la­dy­like el­e­gance to the party with a sim­ple yet fab­u­lous full skirt in satin. Just let the drama of the sil­hou­ette and clas­sic block colour take cen­tre stage. The best way to han­dle vol­ume in roomy skirts? Re­claim the waist by tuck­ing in your top. Blouse, £430, 8-12, Varana. Skirt, £89, 6-18, Coast. Ear­rings, £65, J.crew

BLACK MAGIC

With its fairy-tale ruf­fles and dra­matic floor-skim­ming length, this is the cocktail dress of dreams! Don’t be put off by strappy dresses, just slip a tuxedo-style blazer on top (push back the sleeves for added oomph) and make it part of your out­fit. Want black to stand out? Add wow-fac­tor heels. Jacket, £99, 6-18, Ware­house. Dress, £495, 6-14, Ai­dan Mat­tox at Har­vey Ni­chols. Shoes, £149, 2-9, Carvela. Ear­rings, £75, J.crew

GOLDEN GIRL

Christ­mas with­out sparkle is like the night sky with­out stars. So bling it on: sequins, glit­ter, su­per­sized gems – any­thing goes as long as it gleams. This an­kle-graz­ing, high-shine skirt is the con­ver­sa­tion­start­ing piece your wardrobe needs this Christ­mas. With such a show­stop­per, keep your top half min­i­mal and sim­ple. Blouse, £320, 8-16, Goat. Skirt, £95, xs-l, French Con­nec­tion

FROCK STAR

The slinky, chic shape of this lus­cious golden vel­vet dress will make you feel sen­sa­tional. We par­tic­u­larly love the flat­ter­ing side-ruch­ing around the tummy area. Con­trast the vel­vet with strik­ing be­jew­elled ear­rings (tin­sel boa optional!). Dress, £180, 6-16, Jig­saw. Shoes, £90, 3-8, Dune. Ear­rings, £75, J.crew

JUST THE JACKET

Last-minute in­vite and not sure what to wear? A se­quin jacket is your Christ­mas party saviour. Slip this deca­dent cover-up over a silky work blouse and smart trousers, and you’ll be deskto-din­ner-ready in sec­onds. Seek out rich jewel tones or fail­safe black and it will mas­ter any dress code. Jacket, £129, 6-18, Mint Vel­vet. Blouse, £295, 8-20, Luisa Cer­ano. Trousers, £39.99, xs-l, Zara. Ear­rings, £38, An­thro­polo­gie

IT TAKES TWO

Af­ter some­thing dif­fer­ent? Party in sump­tu­ous, silky co-ords. A match­ing printed two-piece is the ul­ti­mate in mod­ern party dressing. On their own, th­ese pieces are great – to­gether, they’re stun­ning! When the party’s over, style separately and get more fash­ion mileage. Jacket, £99, 6-18, Coast. Shirt, £150; trousers, £150, both 6-20, Jaeger. Shoes, £120, 3-9, Bo­den. Ear­rings, £42, An­thro­polo­gie

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