How dress to re­ally up frumpy with­out feel­ing

Are your old stand­bys for in­stant glam­our not cut­ting it any more? clare coul­son un­rav­els the new rules for party dress­ing…

Woman & Home - - Festive Spirit -

Party dress­ing should be the fun part of the fes­tive sea­son – a chance to primp, preen, dress up and re­lax after all

the hard work. but the quest for the per­fect party out­fit can be­come just as fraught as all the other christ­mas prep… and it’s of­ten cou­pled with the panic of want­ing to look glam­orous with­out be­ing laden down with more glitz than a freshly trimmed tree.

so where to start? First of all fo­cus on just one thing – a beau­ti­ful new dress, a span­gly pair of party shoes or some state­ment-mak­ing jew­ellery. it’s a much more mod­ern ap­proach – and a lot less stress­ful. then for­get about the tra­di­tional “fes­tive” shades like gar­ish red and in­stead opt for rich jewel colours – for­est green, inky dark blues, deep bur­gundy or burnt orange – which are a far softer and more flat­ter­ing al­ter­na­tive. and fi­nally think about in­clud­ing some­thing sparkly – it could be a clus­ter of shim­mer­ing jewelled brooches or the full-on se­quinned dress – in the at­mo­spheric glow of christ­mas there’s noth­ing bet­ter.

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