Sunday 15 September 2019

Christmas 2015: How to pull off this season's best party styles

Shauna Harrison Design (Griffith College graduate)
Shauna Harrison Design (Griffith College graduate)

Sasha Brady

It's party season and your social endurance is set to be put to the test with festive get-togethers. Piecing together a look for each event can be tricky but Irish stylist, Justine King, has the right advice for pulling off the best looks for the season.

“I think there's no better time than the festive season to have fun with what you wear- sequins, faux fur, embellishment.. Everything else about Christmas is a bit OTT so why not push the boundaries with your wardrobe too?” says Justine.

However, it's important that your outfit complements the party's theme or setting. You don't want to feel uncomfortable or too out of place.

All Saints 'Walton' shirt dress (€215) - Get the look

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All Saints 'Walton' shirt dress (€215)

“If it's an office party perhaps stick to smart yet stylish options- a jumpsuit or fitted dress- then keep the feathers and sequin mini for nights out with friends.”

It's also a good time to experiment with textures and shapes and really play up to the whole fairytale idea of Christmas with your look.

Shauna Harrison Design (top with detachable cape €95, skirt €200)- Get the look

Shauna Harrison Design (top with detachable cape €95, skirt €200)

Sping/Summer 2015 was all about the minimalist trend or ‘normcore’ but Autumn/Winter 2015 calls for a welcome return to the the maximalist trend, which can easily be adapted to festive party style.

“The designer catwalks were filled with 1980s-inspired lurex, metallics and shoulder pads,” says Justine.

Mango Striped Sequin Blouse (€49.95)- Get the look


“As well as 80s influences, the 1970s inspired bohemian prints, suede and fringing re-emerged last spring and are going nowhere fast for winter. Faux fur is also having a massive fashion moment- from bold eccentric coloured furs to hooded faux fur coats- it's everywhere!”

The most universally flattering look is, of course, the little black dress. It’s hard to go wrong with a such a classic and fail-safe option and it’s easy to have fun with it by adding accessories and playing up your make-up.

Three Floor Dress at Brown Thomas (€265)- Get the look



The great thing about the LBD is its versatility, it can work just as well at a family dinner as it would at a fancy, cocktail event.

Red lips and a cat eye with a black dress creates an elegant Christmas party look but you can rev it up and add drama with jewels.

Marks and Spencer sparkle link necklace (€40)- Get the look

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Marks and Spencer sparkle link necklace (€40)

“Dress up your LBD with some statement jewellery- an embellished necklace, some bright shoes or an eye-catching clutch then switch up your accessories the next time you wear it to freshen up the look.”

Sunday in Brooklyn 'Veronique' Dress (€157 at Anthropologie) - Get the look

Veronique Dress by Sunday in Brooklyn (€157 at Anthropologie)

When it comes to the LBD, Justine feels that it’s all about “finding the right fit for your body type, age and personal taste” and if you find the black dress too boring, a burgundy or navy dress is a stylish alternative for the party season.

ASOS RED CARPET kaftan velvet maxi dress (€176.47)- Get the look


Christmas is a time to have fun, especially with your look and there are no trends that should necessarily be avoided - apart from anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

“I'm a firm believer in wearing whatever makes you feel good,” says Justine.

Justine King Styling

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