Oh yes, it's that time of year when all the Christmas partywear guides pop up everywhere. My calendar is looking pretty full for December and I always like to buy one dress to last me through the Christmas party season. However, Christmas party season is a MYTH. I say my calendar is full, I just mean full of various meals with people I'm catching up with to say merry Christmas to. If only I was actually swanning about all these fancy schmancy parties that women in their 20s are supposed to. Also, I have never-ever been invited to a cocktail party. Who does cocktail parties?! Anyway, it's still pretty nice to have a pretty dress to wear out to meals, but in my head if I really was one of these mythical social butterflies with lots of fancy cocktail parties to go to, I would quite like this Coast dress.
Coast party dress / Vivienne Westwood shoes, £195 / Lulu Guinness clutch / ASOS earrings / Chanel lips makeup, £21 / Williams-Sonoma fluted champagne glasses, £25
And of course to my fancy cocktail party I could wear my wedding shoes, red and glittery! I bought them with the idea that I would wear them again and again but to be honest they aren't the comfiest and are actually a bit big on me. I'd love an iconic Lulu Guinness lips clutch also.
Another party season myth is that you need an 'office to bar' outfit. Maybe if you live in London or in Sex and the City, but really, who has ever done that? Maybe because I always drive to work (and obviously don't have that hectic of a social life) I never really fancy just going the pub straight from work. Anyhow, if you do live in a party season myth, why not dress the Coast dress down with a smart blazer and colourful scarf? I am quite a big fan of this scarf from Hobbs. And the shoes, swoon.
This final outfit reminds me of what I would wear when I was 15. I really miss my Doc Martens actually. I also have a Kanken backpack on my Christmas wishlist at the moment, but in royal blue and not this khaki green. When we were on honeymoon I wished that we had a backpack to carry everything in, tote bags get pretty uncomfortable after a few hours of walking. I think as I get older I'm going more and more for practicality over prettiness! Obviously I try to get a balance of the two though and won't go for ugly, practical things. (still a shallow twenty-something after all).
Coast black sweetheart dress / Forever 21 black polka dot tight, £4.85 / Dr. Martens black booties / Rare London wool hat / Yves Saint Laurent long wear lipstick / Barry M liquid eye liner, £3.15 / Fjallraven Kanken Daypack, £47
How would you wear this black velvet prom dress? Do you agree with me that party season is a bit of a myth perpetuated in the media?
Post in collaboration with Coast