I am so organised that I had at least two Christmas party fashion options all lined up for my outfit for the Welshman’s Christmas party this year. I get a little bit nervous and want to make him proud of me, so planning in advance is essential.
I had planned to wear the gorgeous Target Bellecurve Glamorous Sequin Dress I was lucky enough to receive as a gift from Target. Worn oversized and belted at the waist with my favourite Marni navy patent waisted belt to create a peplum effect, with a pair of statement heels and a colourful clutch for a fab Christmas party fashion look.
- Navy Patent Jeans Belt by Dorothy Perkins | $9.50 approximately | click here to purchase | affiliate link
- St Etienne heels by Aussie Girls Love Shoes | $189 | click here to purchase
- Bellecurve Glamorous Sequin Dress by Target | $79 | click here to purchase
- Bellecurve Shine Bright Sequin Shrug by Target | $59 | click here to purchase
As a Christmas party fashion backup, I had the gorgeous Cue navy satin wiggle dress and Portmans Noir merlot sequin bolero outfit I wore for my Big Four Oh My Gods Cafe Sydney party. Maybe even the darling little cocktail hat made especially for me by Embellish Atelier in Rozelle.
Did you know that I’m super sweet and attractive? It’s true. I am. To mosquitoes anyway. The little buggers are irresistibly drawn to me and I’ve been eaten alive, resulting in legs that aren’t going to look so fabulous in a cocktail frock. I’ve been working hard at growing my nails and I’ve scratched the bites in my sleep. I can’t tell you how gorgeous I am right now!
I tried adding a pair of stockings but I couldn’t get that to work for me. Nude stockings – I just can’t go there – and their disguising factor is zero. Nude fishnets drew attention to my mosquito moveable feast. Black fishnets were just too OTT with a chiffon and sequin dress – or the navy satin wiggle dress I wore for my birthday. Coloured opaques are my go to – but for winter. They just look odd with a sleeveless frock.
I toyed with a maxi dress – but they say summer picnic to me, not dinner dance. I considered a more formal evening style maxi, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of fiddling with a strapless bra. Wardrobe malfunctions at your significant other’s work Christmas party are not cool.
Finally inspiration struck. I have a pair of fabulous Mimosa harem style Afgan pants in chic navy blue that were patiently awaiting their first outing. I envisioned teaming my Target Bellecurve Shine Bright Sequin Shrug over a fitted tank and statement heels, and adding a bit of bling.
As I love a bargain, I hit Birkenhead Point, my local outlet centre, in search of the perfect fitted tank. I found loose sequinned tanks, I found striped casual tanks, I found knit tanks, I found patterned tanks. I found every sort of tank except the type I was looking for.
Flipping through the racks at Country Road, my bowerbird eyes were drawn to something sparkly. A gold brocade lace sleeveless peplum top. Reduced significantly too – that makes my heart beat a little faster every time.
I added a pair of black suede classic heels from the shop floor and et voila, an outfit appeared in front of me!
If you’re looking for a piece to complete an outfit, it really does help to bring the piece with you. I know it sounds simple, but it is an easy thing to forget. If you can, bring the shoes you plan to wear too. Adding a pair of heels to my outfit in the changeroom made me stand taller and transformed a baggy pair of pants into elegantly draped pants.
The lovely young man diligently rehanging the change rooms’ discarded items told me the girls in the back of the store loved my outfit. Sold!
As a devotee of silver and rose gold toned metals, I needed a statement pair of gold toned earrings to complete my look. I considered a gold necklace but with the detailed pattern and fabric of the Country Road top, it would have been overkill. Killer earrings would frame my face and mean that I could keep my hair simple.
Mimco’s outlet store was my next stop, where I found a gorgeously detailed pair of gold earrings with a little crystal bling. Half price always works for me!
I am spoilt for choice for party shoes. I simply cannot resist Mimco’s detailed statement heels, with their fabulous layered colours and textures. Having an outlet centre at the same shopping centre as my supermarket can be dangerous. Equally dangerous is my volunteer role at Red Cross Rozelle.
I had a fabulous time thinking outside the square to pull this outfit together. Dresses are always my go to outfit, especially for an evening party, so a pants outfit is a little out of my comfort zone.
Shop My Style | Christmas Party Fashion
- Estate Lace Peplum Top by Atmos&Here from The Iconic | $59.95 | click here to purchase | affiliate link
- Afgan Pants in Dark Ink by Mimosa from The Iconic | $149 | click here to purchase | affiliate link (click on my Let’s Go Shopping links for a discount code)
- Celine Networking in Black by Sachi from Style Tread | $149.95 | click here to purchase | affiliate link
- First Kiss Hardcase by Mimco | $179 | click here to purchase
- Simple Glamour Ear by Mimco | $129 | click here to purchase
- Leather & Stud Bracelet by Seed Heritage | $10.50 | click here to purchase
What I Wore | Christmas Party Fashion
It was all that glitters is gold on the evening, when I teamed my Mimosa Afgan pants with my Country Road lace brocade peplum top. Fabulous gold chain and crystal earrings from Mimco’s outlet store were showcased by my newly cropped ‘do. I carried an old school gold glitter hardcase Mimco clutch, thrifted for a fiver and in perfect nick, from Rozelle Markets and added a little more Mimco with pearl studded nude-toned bangles. Just adore my Leona Edmiston gold bow heels, thrifted still brand new in the box from Vinnies Rozelle for $50 – or a yellow drinking voucher as we used to call them back in the Palaeolithic era.
My bowerbird showgirl tendencies meant that my Target Bellecurve Shine Bright sequin shrug was the perfect addition. It was surprisingly chilly for December.
Christmas Party Fashion | The Verdict
Oh pants, where have you been all my life? As a long time dress devotee, I was a little apprehensive about an evening outfit featuring pants. I get the feeling I’ll be rocking them a little more often. An elegantly draped pair of pants are extremely flattering and comfortable to wear, and are chic to boot.
Gold is a little out of my comfort zone so I threw myself wholeheartedly into it – gold Mimco earrings, gold Country Road top, gold Leona Edmiston Heels, a bronzey-gold Urban Decay Naked palette eye, and even gold nails, starring Essie Good as Gold. Surprisingly warming on my pale skin, and flattering with my copper locks. I see another change in my wardrobe!
The Welshman was extremely dashing in Ralph Lauren flat fronted black pants, a black Thomas Pink shirt and fabulous Jones the Bootmaker blue suede shoes. He is not known as a shopper but when he does, he does it well.
A fabulously fun night, which started with a glass of Veuve Clicquot at Little Fish bar, enjoying the iconic Harbour Bridge view (which will be sadly obscured by Barangaroo developments). It ended with some daggy dancing – I’m afraid the dodgy DJ left us with no choice. Here’s a little hint for DJs – if you notice that the dance floor has cleared, perhaps it might be a good idea to change the music?
True to form, Boyo woke at 6am on the dot, insistent on dragging me downstairs to be an audience to his Pokemon Wii activities. Good gods, all I can say is not recommended on not enough sleep and too much wine.
May your hangovers be spent in silence and sunshine!
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