Once you finish your last exam, the party season has begun. Clare Creegan plans ahead with some inspiration for the outfits to sustain you through the nights to New Years Eve.
The classic option for the party season is to seek out some sparkle in the form of sequins and glitter. At this time of year as far as glitter is concerned it’s the more the merrier because if you can’t break it out now, when can you? If glitz is your thing, the famous Motel Rocks Gabby dress (pictured) is a gorgeously festive choice. There are plenty of similar but more student friendly versions of this dress on the high street. You could also take a more subtle approach to the shimmery look by adding hints of glitter into your outfit on top or bottom: try a sparkly vest top with dark high-waisted denim or sequined shorts with a plain top. For added intrigue, try mixing textures by adding elements of velvet or lace to the outfit. Choosing sparkles in jewel tones brings some colour to your look and can be a great alternative to wearing the traditional arsenal of silver or gold sequins.
If you would prefer a more subtle approach to party dressing then look to the edgy decadence of baroque or go down the Seventies route. After the hype of the Balmain X H&M collection an obsession with intricate, baroque embellishment has erupted. Metallics, studs, embroidery – rich, decadent detail is key to the Olivier Rousteing way. Kudos to you if you bagged the real deal, but if not, Boohoo is offering pieces with a similarly luxe finish. For another Balmain-inspired look, try a tuxedo dress for a minimalist twist on the LBD. If you’re tired of ubiquitous party dresses, embrace the Seventies obsession by taking on a jumpsuit. They come in a range of flattering styles and textures to suit all shapes and sizes. If you’re feeling daring, the culotte jumpsuit is this year’s newest take, combining one of 2015’s hottest trends with a standard classic.
One way to really make an impact is by trying out some statement footwear. Over-the-knee boots- particularly those with lace-up detailing or peep-toes- have made the move not only into being an acceptable eveningwear shoe, but the shoe of choice this season. Simplicity is crucial with a bold outfit-defining look shoe like this so keep the rest of your outfit minimalistic and let your shoes take centre stage. Statement shoes can rejuvenate a look you’ve worn to parties in the past and make it look brand new.
A fantastic way to maximise your spending if you choose to hit the shops this party season is to buy yourself a set of co-ords consisting of a corresponding top and bottom. Crop tops and midi-skirts; bralets and shorts- there are loads of different options to choose from. Online retailers such as PrettyLittleThing, Missguided and Ark Clothing have good selections. The beauty of a pair of co-ords is that you can wear them as intended as a two-piece or you can use the separate pieces to style with clothes you already own. Mixing and matching is a great way to freshen up your winter wardrobe without breaking the bank. So there you have it! Whether you’re splurging or saving, updating or experimenting, there is something for everyone this festive season.