Prepare for the party season

By Ellyn Peratikou

The days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder, but there is one thing to look forward to in the winter months ahead with party season about to hit full swing.

Who doesn’t love a good party? The food, the wine, the singing and dancing all provide the perfect excuse to get our gladrags on – as if we needed one. Right now, the shops are full of sparkling dresses, the highest of heels and the smartest of suits but, with so much choice, it can be tricky to find the right look for your perfect party style. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a few ideas for a dress code or two. Just think of it as a party favour…


Belle of the ball

Black-tie events call for full-on, full length maxi glamour. Think gorgeous gowns reminiscent of red carpet style and old school Hollywood. The Duchess of Cambridge got it completely right with the dress she wore for her first post-birth engagement. Hey, if it’s good enough for royalty…

Every princess needs a prince at her side and this season, the theme is the ‘return of the gentlemen’. Think Downton Abbey meets James Bond. The style is old-fashioned three-piece suits but with contemporary fabrics and styles. If you can get him into a well-fitted suit or jumper then the sky is the limit with the look you can achieve.


From desk to dance floor 

The party season is the time when going out on ‘school nights’ is perfectly acceptable – but it does present us with something of a wardrobe dilemma. Contrasting textures are huge this season, so a simple shift with embellished collar detail could be a perfect option for the working girl who wants to party after hours.

If you prefer to keep day and night separate then the key lies in choosing the right accessories. An animal print dress or a berry bodycon are both on-trend looks that will work well for both desk and dance floor – just slip off the courts and step into stilettos to differentiate between the two.

Moving from the office to the party has never been easier for men with so many great trends and styles to adapt and develop. Whether the preference is skinny trousers, smart brogues, skinny belt with a slim-fit shirt and matching tie or something more causal involving jeans and a t-shirt, there is something for you.


The novelty ‘Do’

A fairly new tradition to the festive social calendar, novelty occasions are fast becoming the norm. Ladies, if you haven’t been invited to a ‘Christmas jumper party’ yet, you soon will. Ensure you’re dressed the part by purchasing some festive motif jumpers.

What women call a novelty party outfit, man just call a party outfit. There can never be enough Christmas pudding-style jumpers to around. And whether it’s a smart shirt matched with a colourful, musical reindeer tie or colourful socks to partner a bright, striped shirt – there’s never been a better way to make a lasting impression.


Kids’ fancy dress 

From all the school events to numerous family get-togethers, the festive party season is a chance to indulge the kids with a spot of ‘fancy’ dress. There is a beautiful range of party dresses on the high street at the moment, in all the colours of the rainbow – with all the sequins and sparkles we know little girls love. Boys can be dapper little darlings too with a sweet little shirt and waistcoat set. From classic glamour to fun and fashionable, it’s time to shop til’ you drop and plan a party made fabulous.



About the Author

Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of 240 stores across 28 countries. It gives customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions. Debenhams has been investing in British design for 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams which now totals more than 25 established names. Visit for more information.

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