Rosemary Mac Cabe

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And the show must go on: Christmas party attire

It’s been pointed out to me that there are more important things going on in Ireland than Kate and William’s impending nuptials, or teeth-whitening giveaways, but there’s a politics blog for that, so I’ll continue with the frivolous and slightly …

Wed, Nov 17, 2010, 10:25

   

It’s been pointed out to me that there are more important things going on in Ireland than Kate and William’s impending nuptials, or teeth-whitening giveaways, but there’s a politics blog for that, so I’ll continue with the frivolous and slightly out of place in the form of Christmas parties.

If your firm is having a Christmas party this year, you might be experiencing that familiar, age-old dilemma of what to wear to it. Magazines would have you believe that velvet, lace and the odd spattering of glittery are it this year – but then again, they’d have us believe that every year, and am I the only one who wakes up in January in possession of a lot of “Christmassy” clothes I will never, ever wear again?

With that in mind, I’ve been scouring the internet for a wish-list of dresses I would wear to this year’s Christmas party, were I in the financial position to be buying something new. For the record, I am not, and my “what I bought” posts may be thin on the ground for the next few weeks, due to an unscheduled root canal that is not pleasing me at all.

Here are my three picks: very different to one another I think, which was kind of the point. This, the first, is by French Connection from Asos, and somewhat typically “Christmas party” dressy.

I love the shape of it - very simple, T-shirt dress, with lovely embellishment that takes it from plain to standout, and sequinned dresses always hang better. It’s the weight of the sequins that gives it a lovely line. However, it is a bit seasonal, and the problem with dresses like this that are heavily embellished and really individual is that, once you’ve worn them once, they’ve kind of been “done”. While I’ll happily wear a black dress over and over and over again, with a dress like this, I end up feeling as if people are going “oh there she is in that dress again”.

Next? This black one-shouldered number by TFNC, available from Asos. This has a gorgeous A-line shape, looks as if it would be nice and swingy, and, despite my usual hatred for one-shouldered clothing, I quite love the interesting detail on the shoulder.

I might love this because of the styling – black, black tights with black ankle boots is an autumn/winter look I am loving. This is possibly the most versatile of all of the outfits – I could imagine it with a little denim jacket, with a blazer, with a loose cardigan, with coloured tights . . . in fact, the more I blog about it, the more I want it. BUT I must move on, to:

This beautiful gold prom-style number from River Island. Now, I’ll admit this is a little Cheryl Cole, with the cut-outs, and looks ridiculously short, and River Island sizes have never been my friend so it’s definitely not something I could buy online, BUT . . . I have an inexplicable grá for it. Black black tights, black ankle boots (quel surprise!), a messy up-do and kohl-lined eyes. Once again, I’m convincing myself of my need for this gúna.

But what say you? Are you having a Christmas party this year? What will you be wearing? Will you be buying something new, or rummaging around in your pre-existing wardrobe?

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