Christmas is fast approaching, bringing with it the promise of glitzy soirées and glamorous parties, as well as a few low-key get-togethers with friends and family. While the little black dress certainly still has its place, at Christmas, it pays to go for something a little more exciting.
While you’re choosing your festive outfits, bear the words of author Annabelle Van Tongeren in mind: “Evening wear has only one purpose – it just needs to look sensational.” You should have no problem finding some suitably sensational pieces this season, as winter 2013 is all about big bold patterns and statement materials like lace, leather and velvet.
Sequinned dresses are always a good choice at Christmas, and this year is no exception. You can avoid looking like a walking disco ball by choosing a dress in a darker colour, such as midnight blue or black. Accessorise sparingly: your dress is making a statement already, so you don’t want to let it be interrupted.
The baroque look is particularly popular this season, after Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana sent models down the runway wearing plenty of rococo prints and rich fabrics with gold embellishments. Brocade patterned dresses are particularly festive: try to choose a dress with a shorter skirt, as too much pattern can look overly fussy. Team with thick tights in a rich colour such as burgundy – the perfect complement to a gold patterned dress.
Another idea is to take a stand against the bright colours and bold embellishments which are so popular this year and go minimal in a nude slip dress, à la Louis Vuitton. It’s hard to deny that nude dresses simply exude glamour, and the bubbly champagne tone is a lot more festive than plain black or clichéd red. Accessorise with gold clutch and heels for a warm festive look, or with silver for sheer ice queen style.
Shopping for festive fashion becomes even more enjoyable when you do it with an American Express credit card. You can collect a range of rewards and benefits as you spend, meaning that you’re taking home more than a new ensemble. With an American Express Platinum Cashback credit card (representative APR 18.7%) you get 5% cashback on up to £2,500 of purchases in the first three months, plus an on-going rate of 1.25% cashback for every £1 you spend, so even essential spending on the Christmas meal and presents could help you earn that fabulous new outfit.