Saturday 23 September 2017

Time to shine: 'get out of jail' Christmas party style

From gold dresses to sequinned separates, there is no such thing as too much sparkle during the Christmas social season. Here, our Fashion Editor has the ultimate guide to dressing for festive nights out

Tina Tassel Top €155 Tine Tassel Skirt €168 Monsoon
Tina Tassel Top €155 Tine Tassel Skirt €168 Monsoon
Coast Lovati Jacquard Trousers €119
Monsoon Shona Embellished Dress €305 @ DTC
Bronze sequin pencil skirt €43 River Island
Gold satin court shoes €47 River Island
Karen Millen
Fee G 218
Heatons
Twiggy sequined bodycon €120
TK Maxx costume earrings €26.99 @ dtc
Arnotts gold sparkle crossbody furla €265
Maria Dorai Raj
F&F
Drop earrings with sun and stars, €25, pendants with heart, pillar and sun, all €30, from The Collection by Amy Huberman for Newbridge Silverware
Lulu Frost €249 Loulerie
Metallic Bodycon, grade Us A, Wk 4, €17, Penneys
Choker velvet dress €12, chain pom pom body bag €8, velvet boots €19. Penneys
Carolyn Donnelly The Edit at Dunnes Stores Jacquard Flower Coat, €199, available in selcted stores & online
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Hands up if your style icon is Olivia Palermo? The American model/style influencer has legions of fans here, including new jeans designer, Pippa O'Connor. I never fail to be impressed by how Olivia continually changes up her look, never looking the same at formal or semi-formal occasions.

The arrival of the party season sends shivers of fear down the necks of so many women - from the hardcore social types who are out all year and desperately want something divine to shine in, to the women who dread having to don something sparkly while also managing heels.

And then there's the home brigade who would much prefer fleece pjs and Strictly Come Dancing on the couch on a Saturday night to putting on false eye lashes and tanning up the legs for a night on the tiles.

Well take comfort ladies, the team at Weekend have found some rather fabulous 'get out of jail' style solutions for the upcoming Christmas party scene at all price points, starting with the aforementioned Olivia Palermo who is the face of the Coast A16 collection and the epitome of refined style.

Drop earrings with sun and stars, €25, pendants with heart, pillar and sun, all €30, from The Collection by Amy Huberman for Newbridge Silverware
Drop earrings with sun and stars, €25, pendants with heart, pillar and sun, all €30, from The Collection by Amy Huberman for Newbridge Silverware

I must confess, I had written off the high street brand as the destination for big skirts and high/low hemlines, but they have nailed bold metallics and luxurious textures. Those gold/black pants (far right) would look equally good the next night with a black tuxedo jacket.

Head-turning looks we found include a €25 gold dress from Heatons, sequinned separates from Monsoon and a rather fabulous and versatile coat for dressing up from Carolyn Donnelly The Edit at Dunnes Stores. It has just landed into stores so move fast.

Coast Lovati Jacquard Trousers €119
Coast Lovati Jacquard Trousers €119

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