Party fashion doesn’t have to be all about black lace and/or sequins.
The modern way to dress is to choose pieces that can be worn more than once and that will fit in with the rest of your wardrobe.
Opt for a jumpsuit, fitted dress and statement jacket and mix them up with the new hair brooches and ballet flats. Perfection.
This season it is the jumpsuit that is taking centre stage to wear for festive events.
They are flattering, as they give the illusion of one long line, and they are comfortable. Plus they can be dressed up for parties or dressed down for casual weekend wear.
Try one. You might be surprised at how it becomes a new wardrobe staple.
Star Print Jumpsuit, £45, M&S (sizes 8-22) with flattering v-neck and added stretch for comfort.
Visit the M&S website for more information.
The fitted dress
Christmas dresses no longer have to be black and sparkly as the fashion is now for digital prints in bright colours.
Try a fitted, rather than floaty dress as it will be flattering for all figures and look current.
Helen Mirren has recently been seen wearing figure-hugging dresses and they look very stylish. This dress we have chosen will also take you through to spring and summer weddings.
Agnes sleeved jersey dress, £89, Coast (sizes 6-18) jersey dress with three-quarter length sleeves, ruched flattering waistline and in a stretch fabric.
Visit the Coast website for more information.
The Statement Jacket
Blame Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off, but statement jackets are now a wardrobe essential.
They are a great way to add colour, are flattering if nipped in at the waist and they are perfect for the changeable UK weather. This one will be perfect over a plain colour dress for events or over a t-shirt and jeans for casual wear. You will never take it off.
Soft Waterfall Jersey Front Jacket, £25 Marisota, (sizes 10-32) this soft jersey jacket has a slimming front hem.
Visit the Marisota website for more information.
Related: Get Mary Berry's look
The hair brooch
On the designer catwalks this season, at Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, brooches made an appearance again after years in the fashion wilderness. But this time they are being worn as hair accessories.
Statement hair jewellery works well for the festive season and can also bring a hint of glamour for daywear.
No.1 Jenny Packham Designer Silver Beaded Hair Clip, £10, Debenhams
Visit the Debenhams website for more information.
Designer shoe brand Charlotte Olympia started the trend for animal faces on flat ballet and slipper-style shoes and now the high street has picked up on this too.
Flats are the ultimate comfort shoes and ones with a mouse, cat or dog face on add some festive fun.
Lucky Mouse Face Pointed Ballet Flats, £18, ASOS
Visit the ASOS website for more information.
Related: flats are back
The clever trick
If Only It Had Sleeves
This is such an ingenious idea – sleeves attached to a bodice that sit under a dress or top.
Yvonne Gillon is a designer from Cheshire who came up with this concept and they come in stretch lace or tulle and in ten colours.
Now you can have sleeves for all your sleeveless outfits!