Christmastime. Cue the PERENNIAL PARTY DRESSING DILEMMA. Getting trussed up like a turkey is so very last century. Instead, when your friends are coming over for drinks or dinner over Christmas and New Year, don’t get your (fanciest) knickers in a twist. WEAR WHAT YOU DAMN WELL LIKE with your big oven gloves and open the door with a smile …
An elaborately worked evening dress looks relaxed, less try-hard, worn over a short-sleeved T-shirt and pants. Black embellished silk dress; white jersey top; orange five-pocket trousers; all Louis Vuitton. Tan Aladdin slip-on shoes, Zara.
Amp up the drama of timeless pieces with a hint of lurex or satin to provide a festive dash of sparkle. Gold and navy long wrap dress, Diane Von Furstenberg at Kildare Village. Black utility jacket, 3.1 Philip Lim. Cerise Temple satin and leather tassel shoes, Jimmy Choo.
Set your look apart with an elegant, put-together approach. Add a little humour with unusual shoes. Navy Sarah Donegal tweed jacket, Magee 1866, 21-22 South Anne Street, Dublin 2. Pink silk-chiffon blouse; ice blue pleated skirt; both Prada. Silver Boudiva slip-on shoes with pink fur trim, Christian Louboutin.
Glittering all-sequin dresses are perfect for easy evening glamour. Silver sequined dress, Autograph at Marks & Spencer. Black Slidy Viv satin embellished sandals, Roger Vivier.
Combine fashion and function to create a chic but totally comfortable, wearable look. Sequin Tiger Mascot dress, Tommy Hilfiger, 14 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Black Lurumu satin embellished shoes, Manolo Blahnik.
Fall for the pulled-together polish of a coordinating look. Camel print silk and cashmere sweater; matching print silk and cashmere top; matching print silk skirt; all Hermès.
Steal the limelight in a demure maxi. Keep it youthful by choosing a statement print. Mustard floral-print top, Zara. Floral-print velvet dress, Dries Van Noten at Brown Thomas. Seafoam green shoes with crystal buckle, Zara.
Navy is this season’s new black. Make a fashionable statement and wear it head to toe. Navy cotton T-shirt; navy jersey wide-leg trousers; both Chanel.
Photographed by Elliston Lutz. Styled by Luis Rodriguez. Assisted by Seoul Choi. Hair by Miok for Wella Professionals/Judy Casey Inc. Make-up by Tina Echeverri using YSL Touche Éclat for Judy Casey Inc.
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