The festive season is a perfect excuse to be extra with our evening wear and that's just what we plan on doing in December.
If R29's style picks are any indicator of trends for Christmas 2018 dressing, then suiting will be everywhere (no surprise since stars like Blake Lively and Lady Gaga really brought big suit energy into fashion's focus this year). With a suit, you can expect to keep warm while looking polished and picture-ready. Another trend on the team's radar is, of course, red. Whether that be a floor-length dress or a statement bag for adding a festive touch, we're into it. Slip-on mules seem to be the footwear of choice and sparkly hair slides are also a team favourite. As for fabrics, the festive season wouldn't be complete without velvet and satin laying the foundations for some of our favourite looks.
Ahead, team R29 shares what we'll be wearing this party season...
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It seems a bit passé to wear red velvet during party season, but I love the decadence of this dress and the ruffle neckline.
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From the Christmas party and all through spring and summer 2019 with jeans and a T-shirt, these silver mules are a dream.
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I’ve got the much-Instagrammed Antonia bag in classic cream, and I’ll be adding this Matches Fashion party season exclusive to my ever-growing collection of Shrimps pieces. A ruby beauty!
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Sure, it’s not typical glamour, but I’ll be wearing the aforementioned bag with this polka dot Baum Und Pferdgarten dress. I’ll pin my hair back with a jazzy slide to offset the Victoriana high neck.
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I'll be spending most of party season on a tropical island in 30° heat. I plan on wearing this sweet mini to the Christmas party in my hometown.
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For the new year, you'll catch me dripping in gold – velvet gold, that is. This beauty is a bit '80s pimp, so I'll be removing the shoulder pads and getting it tailored for a more relaxed, feminine fit.
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I love itsy bitsy bags. This gem might not hold much but it's just so cute, and the wristlet is perfect for staying put while dancing.
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I’m not really a party wear kinda girl. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good party but the thought of sequins makes me feel a bit nauseous. This Christmas I’ll be sporting this luxe COS velvet suit – sans rollneck, of course. See you on the dance floor.
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These Milk Tooth UFO earrings have Mulder and Scully sex appeal, extraterrestrial elegance and look interstellar, out of-this-world awesome in your earthling earlobes. TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER.
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I bought this dress for our office Christmas party because it looks 'appropriate' and roomy. I hope I don’t look like a raw sausage roll in it.
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Want to hear a heartbreaking tale of Christmas cheer turned to Christmas tears? Of course you do! They are my careless tears springing from my bloodshot (from shots) eyes outside a scummy nightclub at 3am. I spent about 30 happy festive minutes with my brand new sexy leather jacket before getting distracted by some fuckboy’s biceps on the dance floor. I ended up discarding my jacket like a piece of tinsel on 2nd January and allowing some foul grinch to make off with it. This Christmas, I’m buying myself this clone and pretending that story didn’t happen. Tra la la!
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This cool silky number from Topshop is really easy to wear. I'll be styling it with black knee-high heeled boots and a nude lip for a more casual do, or a dark red lip, matching red velvet heels and bejewelled box bag for a more stately affair. I'd keep the earrings simple but add an incredible hair clip. Wait for a soft wind to flutter your skirt aaand walk...
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I'm obsessed with these pieces by Adelina Rusu using Swarovski crystals. Basically, the crystals are dropped into little silk embroidered pockets so they move around freely. It's like when you were a kid and would put rad bits of stones and things in your overalls and it felt like treasure, only much sparklier. I'm particularly fond of these wide-leg pleated trousers. Dress up with a velvet shirt or down with a cotton hoodie, either way I will definitely be able to wear these until I'm 80. It's an investment piece!
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I usually go for colour but I love the texture of this sheer black chiffon jumpsuit by Outline, it is just so chill and chic. Wear a jumper over the tapered full-length trouser during the day and whip it off for the afterparty with a heavy chain necklace and killer jewel tone clutch. I leave the decision of whether or not to wear a bra with the oh-so-strategically placed pockets to you – but you will never be as young as you are today. Just sayin'.
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I am all over suits in general and even more for a Christmas party with a touch of shine! I'll be wearing nothing underneath to add some sexiness, and pair it with trainers to keep it cool.
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To conclude a very boy-ish Christmas look, a nice and feminine pair of earrings to accompany your look is always appreciated. And what better occasion to wear gold than Christmas?
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I’ve always wanted to out-dazzle the disco ball on the dance floor. These trousers will make that dream a reality.
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This sleek satin skirt is top of my list for party season, paired with chunky boots or velvet heels. I'll also be wearing it with a sweatshirt or hoodie for daytime.
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Because the skirt is a bit extra for me, I'll dial it down with a knitted tank like this one from Mango, with subtle metallic detail.
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I don't usually don an accessory but these hair slides are just the ticket to add a bit of sparkle, for work or play.