Top Fashion Picks For The Party Season

This time of year is packed to overflowing with fabulous parties, events and break-ups, so to make sure you don't put a stilettoed foot wrong, Westfield Stylist Donny Galella shares his fave fashion fixes for this festive season.

“What you wear to the Christmas party ultimately comes down to dress code. Get it right and you’ll be the belle of the ball – but get it wrong and you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Here’s my failsafe guide on how to interpret your party dress code – and my top picks for each.”

Smart casual picks

“If your office do is a low key affair, you have permission to keep things casual –but that doesn’t mean you have to blend in with the crowd! Ladies, go for a feminine blouse or flirty skirt in a bold print – there are plenty of fabulous prints around right now, from animal patterns and florals through to eye-popping tribal prints. Avoid over the top heels – a mid-height heel or wedge is perfect.”

“Guys can wear jeans to a smart casual event but err more on the side of “smart” than “casual”. Ripped, low-hanging jeans aren’t appropriate for the office party – no matter what the dress code! Team with a chambray shirt and blazer for a timeless casual look.”

Cocktail picks

“A cocktail dress code should be interpreted as elegant, timeless and stylish. Go for a wow dress in a quality fabric and accessorise with a statement sparkly neckpiece. Above the knee hemlines work best for this kind of party but remember not to go too high – subtlety and sophistication are your watchwords here.

“Men should go for a pair of well-fitting pants and a classic jacket or lounge suit – don’t be afraid to experiment with colour as this isn’t as restrictive as more formal dress codes. Feel free to leave the tie at home- it’s always better to overdress than underdress.”

Black tie picks

“This is the big one. If you’re invited to a black tie event, it’s your chance to dress with drama. Ladies are generally expected to don full length gowns so make sure you choose a shape that suits your body type. Shorter ladies should invest in a pair of towering heels to make sure the length doesn’t overwhelm while curvy girls look great in empire line dresses that skim the hips. Gowns with a mullet hemline give you the length at the back but the shorter hem at the front may stop you from tripping over on the dancefloor. We have seen loads of celebs embrace the ‘mullet hemline’ on the red carpet.

“For the guys, black tie doesn’t have to mean tuxedo, although that’s always a great classic look. A dark suit will suffice - ink and dark navy tones are really fashionable right now. A tie is an absolute must or the more fashion savvy guys may want to consider a bowtie. Don’t forget to add polished leather black shoes to your outfit. Girls always notice your shoes!”

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