How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Party Dress

Christmas party season is looming on the horizon, but choosing the perfect party dress can be as difficult as tracking down that last elusive gift. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here’s a guide to finding a dress that will make you sparkle this holiday season.

 

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  1. Dress for the occasion

You can’t begin your search for until you know what kind of occasion you’re dressing for.

How formal or casual will the event be? If your invitation doesn’t state a dress code, it’s worth asking the host or some of your friends what they are planning on wearing.

What kinds of activities are planned? If you’ll be having a formal meal, it’s likely that you won’t want to wear anything too fitted, as you may feel restricted when sitting down for an extended period of time. If you’ll be hitting the dance floor, look for a dress that will stay in place, so you can let loose without losing your dignity.

It’s also important to consider whether you want to be able to wear the dress again throughout the year. If so, you may want to avoid seasonal colours and look for sequined dresses in metallic shades that you can wear throughout the year.

 

  1. Finding the perfect fit

Women come in all shapes and sizes, so understanding what suits you is key. There are loads of gorgeous party dresses for the Christmas season, so finding a style to suit every aesthetic and occasion is just a matter of knowing what to look for.

As Christmas is a time for glitz, glamour and gatherings, you should look for a dress that fits you perfectly to ensure that you look and feel your best. Make sure you feel comfortable and confident by choosing a dress that hugs your figure in all the right places. It shouldn’t feel too tight or too loose, which means using the number on the label as a guide only and knowing your measurements.

 

3. Considering colour

When you think of Christmas party dresses it’s likely that a few colours immediately spring to mind. The classic black dress always works for any occasion, as do rich reds and metallic golds and silvers, so which option you go for really depends on your personal style.

 

The LBD may seem like the safe option, but it also gives you the perfect opportunity to play with unique cuts, interesting textures and bold accessories. If you’re going for a sophisticated look, a midi dress with a sweetheart neckline looks effortlessly chic, as does a short dress with long flowing sleeves. Alternatively, for a sexier look, try a maxi dress with a dramatic thigh-high split or a mini dress with short capped sleeves and lace detailing.

 

If colour is your thing, you can’t go wrong with a vibrant red dress. Equally, nothing screams Christmas quite like metallic golds and silvers. Opting for a maxi dress embellished with shimmering beads will allow you to channel your inner vintage goddess, and a sequin-covered dress will instantly hit the right note at a festive party.

 

Top tip: Opt for chic silver tones if you have a cool skin tone and glittering golds if you have a warm skin tone.

 

So then, are you ready to start shopping?

 

 

 

 

Shopping for the Right Strapless Bra

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I wrote a post some weeks ago on fashion faux pas to avoid and I mentioned how annoying visible bra straps are. Many readers left comments explaining how frustrating it is to find the right strapless bra so I thought I should share a few tips that have helped me.

Strapless bras are a necessity for many of us because apart from supporting our breasts, they help compliment outfits that need it. For example, ordinary bras will show through your tube-tops, tank-tops or sleeveless dresses and tops. Strapless bras show the beauty of such pieces without the strap getting in the way or ruining the look.

As handy as strapless bras can be, many women make serious shopping blunders when it comes to choosing the right strapless bras for themselves. When you make such mistakes, you’ll find yourself being self-conscious as your blunders will always (I mean, always) show.

To guide you on what to look out for when it comes to shopping for strapless bras, here are a couple of pointers that shouldn’t pass you by. You will be thanking me for this post.

  1. A secure band ideal for you

Without the straps, strapless bras rely heavily on the band to hold your breasts in place. This means that you need to find a strapless bra with a band that is firm enough to support your breasts, but not too firm, that you feel uncomfortable.

A good rule of thumb is to look for a strapless bra that is a band size smaller than your usual bra size. The band should not allow space for anything less than 2 fingers.

Another thing to watch out for is when the band is too tight it can cause the fat in your back to bulge out making it look obvious behind your top or dress, which is very uncomfortable and doesn’t look good.  To combat this, choose a bra that has a wider band to hide the bulge.

  1. Choose the right cup size

The ideal cup size is one that will separate your breasts at the cleavage. Small cups will make your breasts spill over at the top making an unattractive bulge in the front. Large cups will start showing the lines in your clothing.

What you need to do is to aim for a middle ground with cup sizes by picking a half-size more or less depending on if the bra is too small or too big.

  1. Look out for the rubber strips

Rubber helps to prevent your strapless bra from sliding down or even moving from side to side. This will save you the embarrassment of constantly adjusting your bra every now and then.

To keep your strapless bra in place, look for rubber strips that are placed along the top of each cup. Rubber prevents friction and that is what stops your bra from slipping.

  1. Double check the material

There are some people who develop rashes or scars from their bras. This is usually caused by the bra’s material. If you know that you’re allergic to silicone (which is the main cause of those rashes or scars), then go for bras that are silicone free. Check the label on the bra to see what its material contains. Better safe than sorry.

 

Do you struggle to find the right strapless bras?

 

Luxury Gifts for Men

Christmas is fast approaching and I know many of us are not quite ready with the gifts and all, but the fact is the festive season is almost here, and there is nothing we can do about it. I like to go all out when it comes to gifts for special people in my life. Buying luxury gifts for men is one of the easiest because there are so many gift ideas for men around, and they are usually very luxurious.

Here are a few stylish ideas just incase you are stuck –

TAG HEUER FORMULA 1 Watch

 

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Tag Heuer is one of the coolest watch brands around. So I was very happy to spot his Tag Heuer Formula 1 watch. It is so easy on the eye. It would make an ideal luxurious gift for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries or any other occasion. I love the stylish sporty design. This Tag Heuer Formula 1 timepiece developed exclusively for The Watch Gallery is a masterpiece.

In true sporting style the new 43mm quartz chronograph features The Watch Gallery signature sapphire blue aluminium bezel and colour corresponding chronograph, perfectly offset again the sleek black dial and brushed steel bracelet; so beautiful.

 

Fendi Monster Leather and Suede Skate Shoes

 

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There is nothing like a man in a good pair of shoes so shoes are always on my gift lists. I am so in love with this stunning Fendi Shoes, available at Octer – the home of many high street and luxury designs and designers.

This Fendi shoe candy is such a beauty. The smooth leather is punctuated with appliqué monster eyes, working with the silver toned spikes at the heel for a striking finish. The finishing is spot on.

 

iPad Pro 9.7/12.9 inches

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The iPad Pro is a great luxury gift to buy for the gadget lovers in your life. I just 1 in 9.7 inches, with a keyboard and I am loving it so far. The iPad Pro is more than a regular tablet — it’s an uncompromising vision of personal computing for the modern world. And it is worth every penny in my eyes. You can grab this at Apple, Argos, Currys, and many other stores. I even got myself 1 the other day and I am so in love with it.

 

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Tom Ford Buckley Grained Leather Backpack

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I am so in love with this Tom Ford leather backpack. It is currently available in black, brown and grey, and it looks so good. I like the fact that it is crafted from soft leather and the gold-toned hardware and signature oversized zip is a beauty. This eye candy is a must-have and is available in many stores.

What do you think of these luxury items? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and have a nice weekend.

 

*This is a collaborative post.