With only ONE WEEK to go until Christmas (eek!) I thought this post would be pretty apt, as I'm guessing there's a lot of you out there thinking of outfit ideas for your Christmas parties. Well I've teamed up with M&S to show you how to take your workwear straight through to the night with the help of a few little styling tricks! Being fair skinned and having blonde hair, I'm always attracted to red, so the Limited Edition Lace Baroque Fit and Flare dress was the obvious party choice for me. Not too long, not too short, lots of detail yet not too fussy! (You can view the whole range of dresses here if you're still after your party dress!)
First task was to style the dress into a daytime outfit suitable for workwear, which was definitely the trickiest part with the dress being so formal! For some work environments the dress would be fine with a blazer thrown over, with some tights and court shoes, but my job (online marketing) doesn't have any strict dress code and is pretty laid back. I had a rummage through my wardrobe and after lots of umming and ahhing I had a little bit of a brainwave. I pulled out my trusty checkered vintage men's shirt which has a flash of red running through, and wore it open over the dress. I rolled the sleeves up and threw on a waist belt knotted in a belt, and finished off with black tights, chunky boots and a black rucksack. This is a typical outfit that I would wear day to day, especially for work as it has the whole smart/casual feel to it.
Dress - M&S*
Shirt - Vintage via COW Manchester
Belt - Primark
Boots - She Likes*
Rucksack - PrimarkLips - Cheeky Cherry by LOLA at M&S*
To take this outfit straight through to the party is so easy - simply take off the shirt and swap the tights and boots for a classic pair of nude pointed heels (help to elongate the legs - little tip for you there!), and swap the rucksack for a nude clutch bag. I love a big envelope style clutch as it's chic, simple and holds so much! I'd also add on a bit of neck candy in the form of a chunky statement necklace, which looks so pretty against the high neck of the dress. Make up wise I'd keep everything pretty simple, wearing a red lip throughout the whole day and just topping up in the evening. The less fuss, the better for me!
Dress - M&S*
Clutch Bag - Dorothy Perkins
Heels - Primark
Necklace - Primark
Lips - Cheeky Cherry by LOLA at M&S*
So there you have my workwear to partywear look! I'm so pleased with the results and have tonnes of ideas now for wearing this dress in the daytime. I could throw over a black jumper, wear a sleeveless blouse underneath or even wear a midi skirt over the top of it. The possibilities are endless and all would be super easy to dress up for evening wear.
How would you style an outfit for daytime through to a Christmas party?