Bag, £35, M&S Col­lec­tion (mark­sand­spencer.com) PARTY SEA­SON SOS

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IT’S FI­NALLY DE­CEM­BER! Which means we are now bauble-ear­rings deep in party sea­son. But you’ll know that, of course, from the in­flux of sparkly clothes, sparkly drinks and much less sparkly faces on your morn­ing com­mute.

Whether you don’t have a free night un­til Jan­uary, or just a cou­ple of blowout dos on the agenda, the pres­sure is on. No won­der we all slip into hys­ter­i­cal lan­guage: ‘I’m dy­ing!’ we de­clare. ‘How will you be sur­viv­ing party sea­son?’ we ask. De­cem­ber, it seems, trans­forms us all into Bear Grylls in a ban­dage dress.

So, what should be the tac­tics of the in­trepid party-goer? Plas­ters, a por­ta­ble charger and a pint of wa­ter be­fore bed all de­serve a shout out. ‘An ex­cep­tion­ally good Bloody Mary is the sin­gle most ef­fec­tive hang­over cure,’ says de­signer Olivia von Halle. The in­te­rior de­signer Matilda Goad, mean­while, is all about milk this­tle – ‘A wel­come hero at this time of year.’ ‘In the way that yoga is all about your breath, party sea­son is all about your hy­dra­tion,’ says writer and creative di­rec­tor Raven Smith. ‘Keep it in­ter­est­ing by bulk-buy­ing dif­fer­ent drinks – still, sparkling, co­conut, char­coal, birch – re­mov­ing the la­bels and roulet­ting your liq­uid in­take.’

One area you should avoid roulet­ting, how­ever, is your wardrobe. The ques­tion of what to wear is laden with a par­tic­u­lar kind of pres­sure at this time of year. An out­fit must be glam­orous but not gar­ish, spe­cial but not safe, fes­tive but not fancy dress. Fur­ther­more, not all par­ties are born equal – the de­mands of a day­time do are dif­fer­ent to the night out-out – and all of them re­quire slightly dif­fer­ent dress codes. Ex­haust­ing? Of course – but our SOS style guide has you covered for ev­ery party even­tu­al­ity. Don’t worry, you’ll sur­vive it. 

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