It's that time of year when most of us are guaranteed some sort of party or gathering to go to - which begs the question: what to wear to the Christmas party?If you've got a last minute invite then fret not - here are 7 last minute Christmas party outfit ideas for you. Together with the rest of the Over40Collective I've created a perfect party look... Lots of sequins and rich colours!
I came up with an outfit from things I already owned - we set ourselves a theme of "last minute", so we could either create something from what's already hanging in our wardrobes or make an emergency purchase (so many retailers do next day delivery, and for example ASOS will deliver next day in the UK if you order before midnight. That's amazing.)
MY OUTFIT WOULD WORK FOR AN INTIMATE PARTY, A LARGE GATHERING, A GLAMOROUS SHINDIG, A DINNER PARTY, AN OFFICE PARTY... ANY TIME I'M NOT SURE OF THE DRESS CODE (OR IF THERE ISN'T ONE), I GO FOR TROUSERS, HEELS AND SOME SPARKLE.
My outfit would work for an intimate party, a large gathering, a glamorous shindig, a dinner party, an office party... Any time I'm not sure of the dress code (or if there isn't one), I go for trousers (not jeans), heels and some sparkle. Your sparkle could be jewellery, glitter or sequins: Just make sure it looks at least a little bit glam.
SHOP PARTY KIMONOS:
The great thing about a sequinned jacket or kimono is that it can be left on if the glamour factor at your party is high, or taken off if it's more casual. It's the best of both worlds.
I last wore this Topshop sequinned kimono (sadly long since sold out, but this is a fabulous devoré alternative) on a Boxing Day a couple of years but never got pictures as I think it was pouring with rain and I was probably nursing a food baby. I also wore it to LFW in 2014 with distressed jeans but have since found it hard to style.
But there is one key trick to styling kimonos, and whilst trying mine on again I worked out what it was:
Don't wear long sleeves with them.
Because kimonos tend to have voluminous, short sleeves, if you wear a top with long sleeves underneath it just doesn't look right (or at least it doesn't on me) as it detracts from their cropped, flowing loveliness. So keep sleeves short - that's my tip of the day.
EVERYTHING HERE WAS IN MY WARDROBE ALREADY... I DID ACTUALLY COME UP WITH THIS OUTFIT THE NIGHT BEFORE SO JOB DONE ON THE WHOLE LAST MINUTE THING.
So with the kimono I wore my Jaeger kick flare trousers (OMG I knew when I got these that they'd be so versatile - they're almost half price right now and available in black so hurry), a plain high neck top that on its own unfortunately looks like a dentist's uniform (so in this instance I'd have to keep my jacket on), but it has the perfect neckline... and my beautiful bronze heels, last worn here.
Add a few simple but fabulous accessories: Accessorize earrings (in store only, these are similar), a plain black clutch (that doesn't fight with the palm print or the sequins) and the goes-with-everything diamante Lizzy O wrap bracelet (see the collection here, mine should be back in stock in the New Year).
Everything here was in my wardrobe already... I did actually come up with this outfit the night before so job done on the whole last minute thing. I have to give a shout out to the other ladies who have created six stunning Christmas party outfits - there is something for everyone here, from sparkly dresses to tops and trousers and a whole lot of chic going on. Scroll down to see the outfits they've come up with, I'd be super proud to be going out with them on a Christmas night out... If only we didn't all live miles from each other!
Enjoy the last few days before Christmas - and don't forget to follow the Over40Collective on Instagram to keep up with what we're all wearing all the time.
Remember - party responsibly, and have fun!
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING/HAVE YOU WORN FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY THIS YEAR? COMMENT BELOW, OR TAKE IT TO TWITTER @NOTLAMB!
SHOP THE WHOLE LOOK:
Plus a diamante wrap bracelet from Lizzy O Boutique (c/o)
Topshop kimono (my favourite alternative is this one) | ASOS top (similar) | Jaeger trousers c/o (almost half price! and available in black) | ASOS heels (similar) | Unknown clutch (old - I love this black box clutch) | Accessorize earrings (only available in-store - these are a close match) | Lizzy O wrap bracelet c/o (mine will be back in stock in the New Year) | New Look wrap ring (size S worn as a fingertip ring) | Avon Matte 'Wild Cherry' lipstick c/o (UK link) | OPI 'A Great Opera-tunity' nail polish (UK link)
The Over 40 CollectiveThe Over40Collective (O40Co) is a group of seven worldwide style bloggers in their 40s and 50s working collectively for women of a similar age to prove that style doesn't have to stop at 40. Our aim is to work with all brands who want to spread this message, not just those specifically aimed at an older demographic. The fact that we all have such different styles proves that the "rules" for dressing over a certain age are utter nonsense - we dress to suit our personalities and then our shapes, and not at all "for our age".
The close friendship and support system that we have created through daily contact online and meetings in person have resulted in what we think is an incredibly exciting and progressive blogger collaboration. We'll be launching in 2017, so watch this space... Meantime follow us on Instagram!
Do take the time to visit their blogs and see their last minute Christmas party outfits in full. As always - thank you ladies for all your support, love and friendship :)
Annette, Lady of StyleAnnette does sexy chic in a satin top (such a gorgeous cut and shape) with leather leggings and great jewellery. Read in full >>
Follow Annette on Instagram @theladyofstyle
Liz, What Lizzy LovesNow that's how you do a little red dress...! Liz totally wows in her sequinned LRD and accessorises to perfection with a bottle of champagne, glasses and heels. Read in full >>
Follow Liz on Instagram @whatlizzyloves
Michelle T, RetroChicMamaMichelle is an absolute knockout in this slinky blush velvet dress and fabulous necklace - the dress looks designer but isn't... Click through to find out where she got this wonderful velvet beauty: Read in full >>
Follow Michelle on Instagram @retrochicmamablog
Nikki, Midlife ChicLooking as classically elegant as always, Nikki's showing off her amazing figure in a velvet top, skinnies and gorgeous gold shoes. Block heels are not just on trend - they're the perfect shoe for staying comfy when you're on your feet for a long time at a Christmas party. Read in full >>
Follow Nikki on Instagram @midlifechic
Michelle LD, The Barefaced ChicMichelle's beautiful dark hair is offset perfectly by all the silver and cool greys in her chic outfit, and she gets top marks for the best clutch bag for sure. Read in full >>
Follow Michelle on Instagram @barefaced_chic
Lisa, The SequinistForget Christmas sweaters - Lisa chose her signature sequins in a stunning black dress with embellishments of stars, a sacred heart and palm trees... I'm not sure a party outfit gets any more tastefully festive than this! Plus with legs like hers there's no reason you shouldn't go for a short skirt if you're over 40. Read in full >>
Follow Lisa on Instagram @thesequinist
Catherine, Not Dressed As LambFollow me on Instagram @notlamb
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