It’s arrived: Christmas Party season is in full swing – so where on Earth did the year go? It only feels like a couple of months ago when I was last at my works Christmas party, which was held at The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. It was rented out to host a dining and drinks event, not actually partying amongst a museum, if you know what I mean! This year we take over Manchester’s Town Hall, and I’m definitely making a mental note to not buy a round of shots for the people I didn’t know who sat on my table just to ‘break the ice’, nor will I think partying til the wee early hours is a good idea when I am due back in work the next morning.
Whilst I’m thinking more about Christmas party etiquette, I know a lot of you stress out about having the right outfits in your wardrobes to cater for a range of different types of parties you might have. So I have put together a ‘Do’s and Don’ts: Christmas Party Season Survival Tips’ list, which outlines some words of advice associated with fashion, accessories and makeup, and also based on how to get through the party season effectively..
So here we go, a couple of do’s and don’ts which may (or may not!) help you out this year! As I’m pretty much head to toe in George clothing, I’m calling these tips #GeorgePartyTips…
1. Find a desk-to-drinks dress
For most people, it’s quite common to have more than one Christmas party. Obviously, the annual works party is the biggy, but sometimes we find we have smaller ones with groups of friends, family members, old colleagues, or if you are part of a club/gym/class. As well as seeking out a sparkly little number, opt for a more ‘everyday’ desk-to-drinks dress you can wear with tights and a cardigan during the cold December work days, but then take off the tights, add a clutch, a pair of heels and some jewellery for the smaller scale Christmas parties you may have. I opted for a burgundy suedette shift style dress to see me through lots of evening meals over mulled wine with friends, and for those Blogger Christmas parties too. I found this one from George whilst looking through their collection of party dresses and it’s only £16! The actual dress can be found here, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s the perfect dressed down party option.
2. Keep your accessories black
Unless you have a specific outfit planned which is in a bold colour, shop for some classic black accessories, such as a handbag and heels. It’s important to make sure your accessories match, so a lovely bag and shoes both in black and a fail safe purchase. With the stress of looking your best for the Christmas parties, you may find yourself switching outfits last minute. Avoid the accessory matching drama and stick to black to be safe. I love my fringed black bag and chunky heels that I’m wearing on these photos, and the fact they were also super affordable from George makes them an even nicer purchase!
3. Find a pair of mid-height, chunky heels
If you have a lot of Christmas parties coming up which involve bar-hopping, of going for drinks on a week night, invest in a pair of mid-height, chunky heels. A pair that you’ll feel sturdy in but still look quite glamorous and suitable for an evening out wearing a pretty dress. With Christmas parties, there is usually a lot of pre-paid for alcoholic drinks, shots and bottles of wine knocking around the crowds, and there is nothing worse than hopping around in uncomfortable heels that are way too high for you. Plus, there is nothing LESS attractive than taking your shoes off and walking around bare foot at the end of the night, whining to your boss about how much your feet hurt. Just chose a chunkier, lower pair to avoid the painful situation…
4. As a second option, find a classic black party dress
So the tips above focus on the more lower key Christmas parties you may have, but don’t forget, there will be that one show stopper of an event. Be prepared for this by making sure you have a fail safe sparkling black dress hanging in your wardrobe, just waiting there on standby. The one I’m wearing in the below photos is a simple yet striking black shift dress with an embellished neckline detail, adding a little bit of glam to the dress. It needs hardly any accessorising plus no belt needed to pull in the waist, and the fact it incorporates a jeweled neckline means I don’t have to worry too much about statement jewellery. This little number costs just £18 from George, and it’s one of my sparkling favourites!
5. Invest in a long-wear foundation
Sometimes Christmas parties start fairly early and last until the small hours of the morning, or, they simply start straight from when work finishes, leaving little time to prepare your ‘evening face’. Christmas party season is a good time to invest in a long lasting foundation, such as Double Wear by Estee Lauder or Vichy Dermablend, which literally won’t budge for over 12 hours.
6. Keep a bold lipstick and eyeliner pen in your bag at all times
You never know where the night may take you, or how dressed up/dressed down your fellow colleagues/friends may be. Always be prepared by carrying a bold red lipstick and a liquid eyeliner pen in your handbag. Popping to the toilet and applying a coat of lipstick and a sleek cat-like flick to your eyelids will instantly transform you if you are feeling a little under dressed.
7. Stick to one type of drink and don’t mix
This sounds a little sensible and I don’t mean to sound like a party pooper, but especially for those with work the following day – don’t mix your drinks! Starting with wine and then switching to double vodkas before going on to sambuca shots may seem like a laugh at the time, but it sure as hell won’t feel it in the morning. If you drink spirits, try to stick to them throughout the night and change up your mixer if you fancy a change. There is nothing worse than a mixing-your-drinks-hangover.
8. Keep a pair of skin coloured tights in your bag
That awful feeling when your black tights ladder, or when you catch a glimpse of your pasty glowing white legs in the toilet mirror. As an emergency, keep a pair of lightly tanned tights in your handbag as a back up should you have any leg dramas.
And that guys, is my little round-up of #GeorgePartyTips, focusing not only on the fashion element, but with a few general rules thrown in there for good measure!