4 hacks for the perfect Christmas party outfit

Now that the clocks have gone back it won’t be long until the first festive party invites start popping into your inbox.

But whether you’re meeting fellow mums for Christmas cocktails or having a romantic meal with your partner, finding the ideal ensemble can be a brainteaser.

So if you’ve got fashion fatigue already, these four hacks for the perfect Christmas party outfit will perk you up.

Chinoiserie

The trend for elaborate Oriental-inspired fashions first appeared last year and it’s still going strong.

There’s something exotic and exuberant about fine silk fabrics with delicate floral and pictorial detailing.

Take advantage of this look for a fab night out with friends by picking out a kimono-style cocktail dress and embroidered clutch.

You’ll feel comfortable enough to dance the night away in this sleek outfit — but keep cosy with a faux fur wrap.

Midi dress

If you want to look super sexy and don’t mind flaunting your curves, pick a figure-hugging midi dress like the one sported by Kim Kardashian at New York Fashion Week.

Kim characteristically chose a black PVC fabric to make her outfit pop even more. But you could choose a red or green version in a more sedate fabric to suit the festive season.

Its low hem means your legs won’t get cold as you’re stepping out of your cab before and after the party.

This costume is reasonably modest by Kardashian standards, but the tight fit is a little unforgiving — so wear it earlier in the party season before those Christmas mince pies take their toll.

Elegant evening gowns

If your partner is whisking you away for a romantic meal you might be looking for a party dress that’s elegant but edgy.

A maxi dress might be the very dab — this style typically features a structured strappy bodice section and a slinky skirt with sultry side-split.

You might want to plump for a self-coloured plum version to suit the time of year, but bold red or pretty pewter colourways also look sumptuous.

When you’re searching for a sophisticated look that’s sexy but subtle, this is a prime pick.

Ball gown

Portuguese model Sara Sampaio stunned paparazzi at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in a beautiful red ball gown.

And if you’ve bagged an invite to a special charity ball or red carpet event, then this type of dress is sure to turn heads.

The voluminous skirt looks vivacious while you waltz around the dancefloor and the delicate embroidered bodice is divine.

You’ll be the belle of the ball if you borrow inspiration from Sara this season.

Follow these hacks for the perfect Christmas outfit and you’ll be the life and soul of the party.

What’s your favourite festive party style? Share your tips in the comments section.

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