With the festive season well and truly in full swing and the impending New Year celebrations just around the corner I find myself thinking about outfits far more often than I should. While I do love going all out and dressing up dripped in glitter and sequins it can sometimes feel too much and I don’t go ‘out out’ all that much anymore, I’d much prefer to spend time going out for a meal or for cocktails in a bar where I can have a conversation.
I always find at this time of the year retailers spend so much time promoting glitter and sequins that it can be tough to find that special out for the in between events. Drinks with friends you haven’t seen in a while, a lunch out with work or an evening drinking mulled wine at a Christmas market, those times where you want to make an effort and dress up but want to be practical as well.
I went to the VIP opening of the new Cineworld complex in Watford earlier this week and had the outfit dilemma. I didn’t want to turn up straight from work in jeans and a top but it wasn’t the occasion to wear a body-con dress, especially as we would then be sat down watching a movie. So when Boohoo contacted me around Christmas outfits I jumped at the chance to look for something which could work for all situations.
As a total polka dot obsessive I loved that there was a whole section dedicated to polka dot items and I was in my element so I settled on this Plus Spot Ruffle Off the Shoulder Dress* (£15). I absolutely love the Boohoo Plus Range as it’s still just as stylish with choice like the main collection of clothing but there’s such a great choice of sizes, plus the price is an absolute steal. Even for the most glitzy outfit you can easily find a dress for under £30 which is amazing, especially when if you go onto the high street you could be looking at double that.
The dress is really flattering as it sits around knee length which is nice enough to dress up with tights and heels for a glammed up drinks out kind of look, or you can pair it down with leggings and boots like I did for a slightly more casual look. The ruffle detailing around the top is really flattering and adds another dimension to the dress.
I think one of the most important parts of an outfit are the accessories so I paired it with this delicate stone layered necklace* (£5) which is stunning and not usually the kind of thing I’d be drawn to. There are three individual gold chains with a single stone on one chain, no stones on another and then a selection of stones on the longer one. I love how delicate this is as I find a lot of costume jewellery can be quite chunky and in your face so this was a great compromise. This is the sort of necklace I could imagine wearing with an outfit for a wedding as it’s striking without being overpowering if you have quite a dressy dress.
And because I don’t care about mixing my metals and colours I thought I’d go for these Triangle Hoop Earrings* (£4) as I like wearing chunkier earrings so they stand out under my hair. These were so comfortable and quite an unusual design with the more boho style patterning on the hanging triangles.
What do you tend to do when you want to dress up but don’t want to go OTT?