Yes folks, it’s finally got beyond the point of ignoring it, but The ‘C’ word is now in full use and in open conversation, all the high street shops have been playing that damned Christmas music for the past couple of weeks now and you’ll get it right the way until the 26th December folks, so just to get you in the mood, all together now ITS CHRISTMAAAAAssss!.
Not to be outshone The online stores are now getting in on the act, making sure that you don’t miss out on the frivolity and fun, but also bursting with great resources to choose the best Party Dresses available for that all important Christmas Party Dress.
One such Famous High Street name is House of Fraser; they’ve opened an online store especially for all your Christmas Partywear requirements.
You’ll find invaluable advise about the type of Party Dresses available, the best Party Dresses for your body shape, together with a a massive selection of top brand names all available for delivery to your door, without having to contend with that afore mention seasonal song collections on auto repeat in every shop.
If you are a fan of horse racing, one of your biggest style challenges of the summer could be how to dress for the races. Horse racing has a huge following in the UK and around the world and race days are often a big event and the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in your best clothes. But as with any big event choosing how to dress for the races can present a bit of a dilemma. First of all you need to ensure that you follow the correct etiquette, secondly and obviously, you will want to look incredibly stylish and thirdly you will need to think about the practicalities of what you wear.
The etiquette and dress code for race day will depend on a number of factors including which race course and which race day you are attending and also which type of ticket you have. Some parts of the race course allow for much more casual dress, whilst others have a strict dress code. If you are attending ladies day or another special event the dress code will be more formal and require a smart ladies day dress and perhaps a hat or fascinator. Other meets may be much less formal. If you are unsure, you can usually find full details of the dress codes for the date and course that you are visiting on their website.
As ladies day is usually the biggest event in the racing calendar, it is a great time to make a bit of an effort with your outfit. Everyone usually gets dressed up in a ladies day dress or suit and you will see plenty of hats. At Ascot, it is particularly formal and ladies go out of their way to wear the biggest and most noticeable hats.
Tea length dresses look great for the races as they are elegant and stylish without revealing too much leg. A beautiful shift dress is also another great choice which is both flattering to most figures and very classic. If you are on a budget, a maxi dress on sale is the ideal way to look well dressed and stylish without spending too much money.
The final consideration when considering how to get dressed for the races is your comfort. Race courses can be windy and depending on your ticket you could well be standing up outside for some or part of the day. If it is a windy day, think carefully about hats, fascinators and long floaty skirts, which could become a hindrance. A shift dress is probably the easiest style of dress to wear in these conditions. Add a jacket or shrug to keep you warm. Depending on the race course and your ticket, you may also be stood on grass, so consider wearing a wedge heel rather than a stiletto that will sink into the ground.
Seventies disco party dresses are big news with the return of the Halston label and Studio 54 vibe in full swing. There is also an exciting collection of Studio 54 inspired party dresses, bodycon dresses and evening maxi dresses at Boohoo.com.
Studio 54 was all about flamboyance, hedonism and opulence with clothes that sparkled right across the dance floor. Studio 54 which was originally a theatre in New York, then a radio and television studio before being opened as a discotheque in 1977. It eventually closed in 1986 but not until it had seen many of the celebrities of the time strutting their stuff on the dance floor. Among the cool crowd that frequented Studio 54 were Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Mick and Bianca Jagger. It was also associated with some of the fashion names that are still very well known today including Calvin Klein and Halston.
In its heyday, the nightclub became famous as being the place to be seen with the “movers and shakers” you know you had arrived when you were invited to the nightclub and for that reason it became even more popular especially with the VIPs of the day. during its short life as a club it became arguably the best known nightclub in the the world in the late seventies and credited with being instrumental in the rise of disco music and the culture that surrounded it.
In terms of fashion and style Studio 54 was definitely the place to be in the late seventies and Studio 54 style has become synonymous with the sparkly maxi dresses and sequined outfits of the time. Apart from the eye catching party dresses, Studio 54 style included seriously big and fluffy hair and lots of makeup.
How to get the Studio 54 look
Sparkle, glitter, sequins and long flowing dresses are all reminiscent of Studio 54. Think bell sleeved mini dresses, asymmetric one shouldered party dresses and statement accessories. Jumpsuits and maxi dresses were also big news. Anything that means you can really shine on the dance floor and dance your socks off in should fit the bill.
This beautiful satin dress is available in black or natural and will definitely shimmer as you shimmy with an amazing pleated skirt that adds movement as you walk or move. It also has a very flattering and elegant tie neck.
This dress is a very simple design but what it lacks in shape and structure, it makes up for in sparkle. This dress oozes sex appeal and is great for those who want to show off their figures. It is available in both blue and charcoal.
Boohoo have definitely captured the disco vibe with this one shouldered dress which is made from a shimmering leopard print fabric. Wear with black tights, stiletto heels and a wide belts for cool disco diva outfit.
The summer is all about taking advantage of the weather and the daylight and warm evenings at home and abroad Partying and enjoying yourself from the full on parties in holiday resorts of Ibiza and Magaluf to the more relaxed garden parties in the UK. Regardless of what type of party it is though you just can’t go to a party without a killer party dress and this summer we’ve got such an amazing choice of gorgeous summer party dresses. Lipsy is a British brand with a huge range of stylish and on trend summer party dresses including their very popular Pixie Lott collection designed by the fashionista singer herself.
Lipsy party dresses are ideal for girls with attitude that want to look great and keep up with the latest fashions. The dresses take inspiration from catwalk looks and are made with attention to detail for a look that will grab everyone’s attention. Choose from flattering chiffon and draped dresses to skim over the hips and tummy or more daring body con dresses to cling to every curve show off a slim and feminine figure. Lipsy dresses are regularly featured in the top fashion magazines including Vogue, Heat, Look and Hello.
The Pixie backless baby doll dress is cute and feminine. It is a great versions of the summers trend for romanticism, frills and nude tones with cut out detail and a revealing back, a flattering empire line and delicate chiffon layers.
Asymmetrical party dresses are huge this year and you can’t go wrong with this one shoulder side chain dresswhich features an unusual and eye catching print. The one shoulder look is great for lengthening the body and gives any dress a Greek goddess look.
If you love Carries style in the Sex and the City 2 film, you will love this asymmetric jersey mini dresswhich has a striking resemblance to one of the dresses that she wore in the film. This dress is really simple but very sexy and maximises the draping potential of one of the summer’s favourite fabrics – jersey.
This body con dress combine the seasons trend for lace with the bandage style seen in so many Herve Leger dresses. A really on trend dress for the most fashion forward of girls, this dress is at its best when worn with a pair of killer heels.
Another stunning party dress from the Pixie Lott collection is this strapless dress with an oversized animal print. Animal prints have been huge this year but this dress works them with a contemporary twist. The neutral colour combination is stylish and sophisticated and looks great with blond, brown and dark hair colours.
The delicate lace edging on this strappy ruffle frill dress gives it a lingerie inspired feel which is so on trend this summer. This dress is a great combination of sexy and romantic.
This beaded one shoulder dress is just pure glamour. It has a definite vintage feel about it with its dramatic draped tulip skirt and bead embellished shoulder. The contrasting black belt defines the waist contributing to its feminine hour glass shape. This party dress certainly has the wow factor.
This tribal print bandeau dress is perfect for clubbing in Ibiza (or any other hot holiday destination). The bright tropical colours look great with a sun tan and the strapless mini style will keep you cool allowing you to dance the night away.
Strapless and strappy dresses have always been popular choices as party dresses but lately one of the most flattering and fresh styles of party dress is the asymmetrical style. This dress goes against many of our desires to look completely symmetrical but the one shouldered look is incredibly flattering and great alternative for those who don’t like wearing strapless party dresses. There are also a variety of other asymmetrical styles of dress, some of which use embellishment to give asymmetrical detail on the front of the dress, others which have an asymmetrical hem.
This trend has been bubbling away for quite a few seasons now but this summer has exploded into a huge trend with ruffled, draped and little black party dresses all featuring the one shouldered look. The celebrities have also been working this look on the red carpet as they already know all about how sensual and sexy revealing one shoulder can look. The draped styles have a definite feel of Greek Goddess about them, they elegant and perfect for a party. Other variations on this look include dresses with one long sleeve and dresses with one strap that crosses right across the chest.
The one shouldered dress trend is particularly good if you have great shoulders that you would like to show off. It also works well for wide shoulders as it cuts across the chest diagonally making it look narrower.
This Coral One Shoulder Dress by Miss Selfridge is the perfect colour for a party on a hot summer evening. It looks amazing with a sun tan and is right up to date with the ruffle which runs diagonally across the body.
This Black One Shoulder Ruffle Dress by Miss Selfridge has a Spanish feel about it and would be perfect for partying the night away on holiday. This dress is incredibly flattering due to its colour and also the diagonal ruffles which have a slimming effect.
This One Shoulder Print Dress by Lipsy is a great party dress option for Ibiza party peoole or anyone heading somewhere hot. Its bold print makes it slightly less dressy than a black party dress but just as, if not more eye catching and perfect for keeping cool in the heat.
This Asymmetric Gathered Corset Dress is the ultimate bodycon party dress with an asymmetric neckline and hem that creates the illusion of a longline and lengthens the body.
Accessorising the asymmetrical party dress
As with any dress that has an unusual neckline, it can be difficult to find the right necklace to go with it. Look for a simple pendant style of necklace where the pendant hangs about an inch above the neckline of the dress. For higher necked asymmetrical dresses it would probably be best to avoid a necklace all together and instead opt for a pair of long earrings which mirror the line of the dress. A clutch bag and heels or wedges are the only other accessories that you will need to complete your party outfit.
Cheryl Cole the Girls aloud star is absolutely on fire at the moment, love her or hate her perhaps, but you can’t avoid her. Regardless she is rather gorgeous, and a fashionista with a massive profile, and is fast becoming the nations favourite “it” girl or WAG, which ever you prefer.
However, If you like the way Cheryl Dresses and not many of us don’t, then we’ve got a couple of tips from Lipsy the Women’s clothing sstore all the celebs are using at the moment, and certain to be a fave of Cheryl Cole.
They’ve got some lovely Body-con dresses, we know Cheryl loves her body-cons especially of the bandage variety and a great choice for a summer dress, some super sexy tops and some fabulous accessories so you can steal Sexy Cheryl’s look all for yourself.
Just as enjoyable as a party itself is the getting ready and choosing which party dress to wear. One of the big decisions this season for any parties that you attend will be whether to opt for a long or short party dress. Both are very much on trend and both have lots going for them. Which one you decide to wear will depend on your own taste and the party that you are going to. For those of us who are impulsive, it will also depend on which dress catches are eye when we do our shopping. Everyone perception of what is a long party dress and what is a short party dress will differ but for the purpose of this post long dresses will include anything below knee length and short dresses, knee length and above.
The ultimate long party dress for this summer has to be the maxi dress which has been seen in various guises throughout the season. From formal styles in black, satin or chiffon to more causal printed maxi dresses with bold and bright patterns or pretty vintage style florals, there are plenty of maxi dresses to choose from. But long party dresses also include those with three quarter(or mid calf) length skirts which are particularly suitable for daytime parties and occasions such as weddings and racedays. These dresses look great with either flared a line skirts which look amazing on ladies with larger hips or straight pencil style skirts which look stunning on slim ladies and those with hour glass shapes, particularly when accessorised with a belt.
The beauty of long party dresses is that they are suitable for more formal occasions, they are great for those who are a little self conscious of their body and they are incredibly stylish and subtly sexy without showing too much off. The strappy and fitted top of most maxi dresses help to balance the flowing skirt and show a bit of your body shape and the empire line is particularly flattering for those who want to cover a round tummy.
Short party dresses are ideal for party animals who want to party all night. They are also great for hot balmy summer evenings when you want to keep as cool as possible. If you have amazing legs then a short party dress worn with killer heels is probably the best way to show them off. Short party dresses can range from cute baby doll dresses (also great for covering round tummies) with frilly details to vampy body con dresses, sequin or embellished dresses and the ubiquitous classic LBD. The trick to looking really stylish in a short party dress is to balance the hemline with the neckline. So if you are looking for a super mini dress opt for a higher neckline which will avoid it looking too much.
The trend for maxi dresses has been bubbling under the surface for a number of seasons now but this season it seems to have really gone full throttle. Perhaps it is because of the beautiful hot summer that we are having, perhaps it is because so many celebrities have been wearing them and showing us just how amazing they can look or perhaps we are just catching on to what a great style of women’s dress they are. If you go out this summer, you are bound to see countless girls working their maxi dresses to the maximum with strappy sandals, wedge heels and plenty of accessories. There is definitely a case of maxi dress mania this summer with a whole range of styles available from pretty florals to bold tribal prints, classic neutrals and the latest way to wear the maxi dress in jersey. Maxi dresses also make great party dresses with the addition of some great heels, a clutch bag and some sparkly jewellery. You can achieve a range of party looks from casual glamour to elegant chic, really dressy and even formal or black tie.
You may have thought to yourself that you can’t wear maxi dresses (a common misconception) but there really is a maxi dress for everyone and all you need to do is make sure that you find the right one. Maxi dresses are particularly good for ladies who prefer to keep their stomach or hips, thighs and legs covered up. They create a smooth and elegant silhouette without showing too much of what is underneath, yet they are fitted at the top giving some shape allowing you to show off the narrowest part of your torso which is often just under the bust. For those that do have a great waist that they would like to show off this can be achieved by adding a belt or wearing a jersey t shirt style maxi dress. Those with a bigger bust may struggle with the strappy nature of most maxi dresses but their are two possible routes that you can take. You can look for a maxi dress with short sleeves or you can layer a vest top underneath. For gorgeous look for your party dress you could even look for a sparkly or lacy vests top to wear underneath.
Some people avoid maxi dresses because they do not like to show off their arms but there are maxi dresses with sleeves available and you could also add a cropped cardigan, shrug or bolero which will not affect the line and flow of your maxi dress. Maxi dresses can be slightly tricky for petite ladies, but don’t avoid them all together. Look for maxi dresses in petite ranges to ensure that the skirts are not too long and trip you up. You should also look for dresses with skirts that are not too full as these can be a little over powering for short people. Plain colours or small scale prints will also look best on petite ladies. If you are tall you can pretty much take your pick of maxi dresses styles although you may want to shop around to ensure that it is long enough for maximum glamour.
Little Mistress have some great maxi style party dresses at great prices. They are also offering an additional 10% off for anyone setting up a new account. Choose from one of these gorgeous styles or visit their site for more great party dresses.
If you have a works Christmas Do this year, you’ll no doubt be on the hunt for office Party Dresses? well maybe we can entice you with some of the wonderful party dresses from Young British Label Rare!
As the Office Christmas Bash is often the only time you’ll ever meet your work colleagues socially, it is therefore the only time certain opportunities present themselves which perhaps are not conducive in an office environment, so you might as well make the most of it. And whilst the horror stories and antics of some office Christmas Parties become clichéd, it certainly is a time to let off steam and socialise with your colleagues, or even network with the people you don’t know that well if you work for a larger organisation.
Whatever you plan to do you certainly want to look your best in doing it, and either reinforce your personal image or perhaps create a lasting impression. So If you want to create a splash or change peoples perceptions of you, flirt with your boss, or with someone you’ve had your eye on for a while, or indeed if you simply want to be at the height of winter fashion, we’ve put together some simply stunning dresses which are ideal for your office Christmas party and any other parties you might have going on over the festive period.
So in traditional Christmas fashion here’s some pieces in the most sexy, yet festive colour possible….RED!
On Friday 26th November, Rare are bringing us another pay day treat! This time, standard UK delivery for only £1! That really IS a pay day treat that we all can enjoy!
Get shopping girls and make sure you’re looking hot for less this festive season…
The Beautiful Pleated Dress (£39) is a stunning chiffon dress that incorporates gentle pleats with a waist tie to give a feminine style that will showcase your curves. This dress is a perfect party dress when worn with heels and simple accessories.
Paprika Embellished Shoulder Dress (£28) is a stunning fitted dress with a low V neckline and one shoulder, diamante embellishment. The bright red colour of this dress makes it a perfect choice for that sexy yet festive look!
One Shoulder Embellished Dress (£55) is a stunning, flowing chiffon dress. The diamante embellished shoulder gives this dress the sparkle it needs to make it a perfect choice for your festive celebrations!
For those of you who are into music, especially those of you who like to follow the fashion of those same popstars, you’ll know that Lipsy are the friend of the stars and are the Party Dresses of choice for many of your favourite chart topping stars.
We’ve made a big splash on this site about the wonderful Pixie Lott’s range of Party Dresses for Lipsy and other pop fashionistas who are self confessed Lipsy addicts such Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole and Sarah Harding. But we’ve got a couple to add to their ranks such as Rochelle and Mollie from The Saturdays, Tulisa from N-Dubz and Kimberley Wyatt from The Pussycat Dolls. All of them looking scintillating in the summer collection of Party Dresses from Lipsy, and you can too by stealing their style from Lipsy just as the weather gets warmer its a great excuse to get a new Party Dress for the summer.