I must admit, I breathed a deep sigh of relief on discovering I only have to stretch to a ‘Black & White’ theme at this year’s Christmas party. I do hope it’s not terribly unseasonable of me but I just don’t feel like breaking out the metallic party wear this yule.
It got me thinking: why do this to ourselves every year? Each December we use awful words like ‘glitzy’ and ‘glam’ all the way up until Christmas and then spit them out as swiftly as possible, slightly embarrassed.
So what if this year we don’t go glitzy or glam? Let’s revolt. Would that be awfully disappointing for all the sequin advocates? I care not. Ditch the plastic sparkle and go with something else. For example, how about some winter pastels in the form of a delightfully non-festive Lurex tee? Miss Selfridge does a perfect icy oyster pink number that would look stunning with a Great Gatsby style lace slip skirt and (fake) fur coat.
Or (prepare yourself for four words never uttered together when discussing Christmas party wear) a ‘high neck crop top’? This shapely little Topshop option is perfect with a high-waisted circle skirt or some festive party-defying, high-waisted trousers (that’s right, we’re throwing around non-dress options).
A metallic sheen bomber slung over a body-con mini/tube dress/pencil skirt (any of the above, just make sure it’s tight) is a satisfyingly subversive option whilst still being metallic. An equally pleasing option is a heavily beaded but boldly patterned jacket to sling over just about anything and still appear dressed up. This particular Topshop number can be worn with matching shorts, depending on your propensity to twin set chic (mine being high). Speaking of twin sets, lovely London brand The White Pepper does a spangly matching ensemble any girl could be proud of, worn with a good chunky shoe and some Christmas ankle socks for humour (if you’re that way inclined).
See, there’s plenty to wear that doesn’t sparkle.
Image by Jeline C. courtesy of Flickr