The build-up to Christmas is all about last-minute shopping... including for the PERFECT party dress to make all your relatives coo over how you've matured or make all your bitchy colleagues jealous at the office party or make that one guy notice how the sparkle on your dress matches the sparkle in your eye...
OR it's just about finding a nice, holiday-appropriate dress that you feel good in.
Beaded Dress, £250, Karen Millen
(now reduced to £175 - sucks for me!)
(Images from www.karenmillen.com)
For me, this Karen Millen number is a great Christmas dress because it's flattering for my shape, revealing but not smutty, sparkly without being garish, and interesting enough (especially with the gorgeous back and shoulders) to avoid being just another LBD. The embellishment and peacock-inspiration keep it current but its also pretty timeless; hopefully I won't look back on pictures and cringe in 20 years time.
Sky Showbiz had some great, affordable suggestions this week in their "50 under £50" feature. Here's some of my personal favourites (for details, follow the above link to Sky Showbiz):
(Images from showbiz.sky.com)
If you still really can't find anything, play around with dresses and separates you already have in your wardrobe. One of my most successful party outfits recently was the slightly eclectic combination of a green silk, lace shirt (vintage French Connection), a pair of cream lace, high-waisted culottes (H&M), a long-length gold bird-cage necklace and my Marc by Marc Jacobs velvet pumps with patterned heels.
So get shopping or get inventive!
But remember, in the end, you'll be remembered for your company and not your outfit so don't stress!
Ciao for now,