2015 Dec 11
‘Tis the season to shine like a star, to look jaw dropping, gorgeous. It’s time to put your heels on and embrace the most partied time of the year. If you’re the type with a jam-packed Christmas party schedule, this article is the ideal for you. If you aren’t, well it’s okay, you can still keep reading, it will come in handy someday. What I’ve personally seen at Christmas parties is the fact that Sri Lankans always make it a habit to make the dress code red/green and most of us think it’s absolutely necessary to dress up in one of the two festive colours. Well, actually it isn’t. It’s true that the colours in themselves spice up your sense of style, but there’s so much more that you can do to turn heads when you walk in. What you wear to the Christmas party ultimately comes down to the dress code though. If you get it right, you’ll be the belle of the ball, get it wrong and you’ll make an absolute fool of yourself. Keep reading to find out how you can spice up your everyday wardrobe to match up with Christmas.
If your office party is a low key affair, you have permission to keep things casual –but that doesn’t mean you have to blend in with the crowd! Ladies, go for a feminine blouse or flirty skirt in a bold print – there are plenty of fabulous prints around right now, from animal patterns and floral through to eye-popping tribal prints. Let’s avoid over the top heels for this – a mid-height heel or wedge is perfect. Guys can wear jeans to a smart casual event but they are more on the side of “smart” than “casual”. Ripped, low-hanging jeans aren’t appropriate for the office party – no matter what the dress code! Team with a light coloured/pastel shirt and a black/navy blue/dark coloured blazer for a timeless casual look.
If the dress code is for a ravish cocktail, a cocktail dress code should be interpreted as elegant, timeless and stylish. Go for a wow dress in a quality fabric and accessorize with a statement sparkly neckpiece. Above the knee hemlines work best for this kind of party but remember not to go too high – subtlety and sophistication are your watchwords here. Men should go for a pair of well-fitting pants and a classic jacket or suit – don’t be afraid to experiment with colour as this isn’t as restrictive as more formal dress codes. Feel free to leave the tie at home- it’s always better to overdress than underdress.
Black tie events are the big ones. If you’re invited to a black tie event, it’s your chance to dress with drama. Ladies are generally expected to don full length gowns so make sure you choose a shape that suits your body type. Shorter ladies should invest in a pair of towering heels to make sure the length doesn’t overwhelm while curvy girls look great in empire line dresses that skim the hips. Gowns with a mullet hemline give you the length at the back but the shorter hem at the front may stop you from tripping over on the dance floor. We have seen loads of celebs embrace the ‘mullet hemline’ on the red carpet. For the guys, black tie doesn’t have to mean tuxedo, although that’s always a great classic look. A dark suit will suffice – ink and dark navy tones are really fashionable right now. A tie is an absolute must or the more fashion savvy guys may want to consider a bowtie. Don’t forget to add polished leather black shoes to your outfit. Girls always notice your shoes!
These are the few types of dress codes you are most probable to come across this month. Usually, our average Christmas parties tend to be smart casual or the low-key home dinners. If that’s the case, you don’t really have to put a lot of thought into what you wear, but if you’ve been invited to a cocktail or a black-tie gala event, lucky you! Remember to dress up with a sense of sophistication and elegance. And always, stick to the dress code. Always.