Christmas party season is here and so begins the seemingly never-ending schedule of difficult to dress for events. From casual family outings to formal entire company gatherings, each requires an outfit that acknowledges a special occasion. Knowing a little inspiration never goes astray, we have prepared a few ideas to help get you through, whatever the dress code.
Semi-Formal Cocktail Party
Make a refined statement in a boldly coloured dress that is sure to impress. Kitten heels will bring your look to the occasion without compromising on comfort or style.
DRESS Jill Stuart satin, approx. $814; bonadrag.com. EARRINGS Lele Sadoughi acetate and crystal , approx. $286.98; lelesadoughi.com. BAG Yuzefi leather , approx. $750; farfetch.com. HEELS Zimmermann leather, $425; zimmermannwear.com.
Keep cool and chic in a cropped top paired with high waisted cotton pants. Accessorise with appropriately casual pieces like a raffia bag or a market basket and slides.
TOP Kalita cotton, approx. $375; matchesfashion.com. PANTS Lee Mathews cotton, approx. $398; matchesfashion.com. SUNGLASSES Scanlan Theodore, $395; scanlantheodore.com. BAG Zimmermann raffia, $350; zimmermannwear.com. SLIDES Witchery canvas, $99.95; witchery.com.au
Long Afternoon Lunch
There are few things better than celebrating the year's achievements by spending an afternoon fine dining at the perfect restaurant. Toe the line between special and casual with a midi length cotton skirt and a statement bag. Pro tip: Don’t forget your sunglasses in case you’re seated in the sun!
BLOUSE Jacquemus polyester blend, approx. $501; net-a-porter.com. SKIRT C&M cotton, $249; camillaandmarc.com. SUNGLASSES Elizabeth and James, $293; theundone.com. BAG Kenzo leather, approx. $648; openingceremony.com. SHOES Ancient Greek Sandals approx. $212.16; ancient-greek-sandals.com
Dinner and Dancing
Time with friends is so valuable and can be difficult to come by in this busy time. If you're planning a special get-together with friends make a fun night of it in a sleek black dress and shoes that will make you dance till dawn.
DRESS Dion Lee polyester, $650; mychameleon.com.au. EARRINGS Petite Grand sterling silver, $136; petitegrand.com. BAG ZAC Zac Posen leather, approx. $255; shopbop.com HEELS Isabel Marant leather, approx. $405; theoutnet.com