What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks out festive party dresses for effortless style this season

  • Camilla Ridley-Day shared advice for embracing festive party dresses
  • British style expert said after a year of loungewear, now is the time to dress up
  • She advised wearing stiffer materials so the dress hangs straighter on you

TIME TO DRESS UP

After spending too much time lolling in leisurewear, I’m determined to go full-on fabulous for Christmas.

Even if you’re not actually going anywhere, dressing up will give you the psychological cue you need to create a sense of occasion for the kitchen dancefloor.

This prom-style from LK Bennett would normally be my outfit of choice for cocktails at London’s Claridge’s with friends. It has a slightly regal air about it. The nipped in full skirt gives a graceful nod to the Fifties, and the shiny jacquard fabric has a lustre that’s more subtle than sequins — perfect for stay-at-home celebrations.

CHIC NOT CREASED

A slightly stiff fabric works best on this feminine style, so the skirt hangs in a sophisticated A-line. It won’t crease either, so you’ll still look chic and put together after a day of festivities.

Dress, £395, and shoes, £225, lkbennett.com; earrings, £595, monicavinader.com

OLD-SCHOOL GLAMOUR

Helena Bonham Carter is a fan of full-skirted, corseted dresses by Vivienne Westwood, which she uses to create drama and glamour both on and off the screen.

For the same look on the High Street, try Coast’s pink maxi version (below) with a tulle petticoat for extra volume. Not just for petites, Chi Chi London’s dress (also below) is made for sizes 18-26.

A STYLE TO FLATTER ALL

Not only does the accentuated waist flatter all shapes, the length makes ankles appear slimmer, too. Plus the higher and square necklines are particularly flattering for larger busts, as they allow for a supportive bra to remain unseen. You can always add a necklace for extra Christmas sparkle.

NOW SHOP THE TREND… 

Chi Chi London at johnlewis.com

 

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