Tis’ The Season Of Festive Fashion

  • Whether you’re spending Christmas and the New Year’s spinning on a dance floor in a shimmering gown or cosying up in an embroidered heirloom wrap, this is the season to let your festive spirit shine.
- DORIAN D, Kathmandu

Dec 25, 2015-

First things first, let’s be honest, dressing for parties, particularly Christmas and NYE parties, is the ultimate sartorial obstacle course. Is it too sparkly? Sequins neck to toe? Is black too safe and boring? How about PVC? To make it even more nerve-racking, the issue is not just one party, but many (club hopping, anyone?), often involving the same people, which means some of you absolutely need to appear to have an outfit for every occasion. So just how does one solve the dressing dilemma of the biggest night of the year? The answer, dear ladies, is right through these lines. And we’ve made sure not to forget your fellas, who you’ll obviously be dancing the night away with.  From the chicest of hues to playing it just downright badass, we offer up a cache of festive fashion tips and tricks that’s sure set to amuse and amaze. So here’s to the most glamorous night of the year, wherever that maybe. 

Glamorously gothic 

Why Now? A major trend at the fall/winter 2015 shows, it encompasses romantic, Victorian shapes within a strict colour palette of black, navy, red, burgundy and white.

Key Pieces: The rued high neck blouse or dress, fringe skirts, velvet trousers, intricate, sheer lace tops and thigh high suede boots.

How To Jazz It Up: Add a touch of silver, a slice of gold or a single dazzling accessory. Oh, just put on that tiara. The ultimate rule’s to remember to adorn yourself with metallics. 

Black mini dress with sheer lace sleeves, white tuxedo jacket with black shawl lapel, chunky gold neckpiece, H&M By R

The Rebel chic 

Why Now? For we love the whole idea of anti-party dressing, meaning that a bit of rock n’ rebel attitude goes a long, long way. Just remember, it’s all about mixing the tough with the classics.

Key Pieces: The leather biker jacket, a slinky polo neck, leather LBDs, chunky, stomping platforms.

How To Jazz It Up: A punch of luxe velvet, a flash of gold miniskirt, a touch of brocade, leather fringing and zip details.

Pink bodycon bandage dress, pointed ankle booties, 

LANE 88

Faux leather biker jacket with panelled sleeves and zip detailing, beaded party clutch in suede, H&M By R

Candied pastels

Why Now? Simply because it’s your ultimate, go-to outlier trend. It’s unexpected and full of quirky colour combos. Whoever said that winter’s had to be dark and bleak?

Key Pieces: It’s all about the eccentric palette. Pink, lime, lilac, lavender, pale blue, white and bubble gum if you may. Again, keep in mind to keep the shapes simple.

How To Jazz It Up: Let the colour do the talking. And just in case, you’re no fan of these shades, draft in one of those pretty, ladylike accessories and wear with a little black dress. 

Fitted evening dress, blazer, structured mini duffle bag, chunky gold neckpiece, H&M By R

Pointed ankle booties, LANE 88

Ripping up the disco

Why Now? Finally because it’s all about the MAXIMALISTS this season. Says who? Every runway all across the world for all we know and care! If there’s ever a night that calls for high-voltage, high-octane dressing, it’s tonight.

Key Pieces: Metallic, lamé, sequin, lurex and heavy-duty embellishments resembling chain mail and shimmery fringes. And not to forget, your ‘It’ Balmain X H&M pieces (for those of you who got your hands on it). All eyes on you, lovely. Guaranteed.

How To Jazz It Up: Since it’s all about taking it a notch up and shining out, make sure your make up glistens as much as your outfit. Be bold. Dare to be.

Oversized sequin blazer, faux leather extra slim trousers, beaded party clutch in suede, H&M By R

White Full Sleeved Chiffon Top, LANE 88

As For The men-folks

Guys, here’s all you need to know about how to be fashionably festive for the fab season. And it all starts with some statement dressing. 

Acing the balance act

Be it from the carpet to the club, you want an outfit that’s not only decadent but one that’ll get the eyes rolling everywhere you go. The only way to do that is through the precise balance of traditional elements and progressive fashion statements.

The statement piece

The secret to style is the ‘statement piece’. If one person says something loudly, it’s a statement. If two people say things loudly, it’s an argument. One statement piece, like a dinner jacket, is enough.

Print please

Print is the international language of party. Put it on and people will instantly assume that you’re serious about having fun. Use it sparingly on one item, but don’t be afraid of it. The more exotic, the more expensive it will read. Avoid conventional geometric types that might otherwise be reserved for the boardroom. You want something that adds a bit of fantasy and allure to your persona.

Au classic

If you’re doing fun statement pieces to get the party spirit going on the outside, make sure it’s set against a canvas of classic pieces, a white shirt and a black bow tie or a well fitted V neck tee and slim trousers that stay just a little above the ankles. This just makes the whole thing seem less like a ‘try-hard’ fashion statement, and more like an effortless gesture of nonchalance. Finally, a chunky analogue watch really puts the icing on the cake.

And finally, there you have it. Sleek up your hair, dab on the fragrance, get your keys out and drive to the ultimate destination of the night. The hours are yours to conquer. 

Published: 25-12-2015 15:54

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