Channel Meghan Markle This Christmas Party Season

I have a new style crush. On Tuesday Prince Harry delighted the nation when it was announced that he had finally popped the question to the divine American actress Meghan Markle. Meghan, the star of the hit series ‘Suits’  is a princess for the 21st century, mixed race, a feminist, sassy and independent, and the fact that they seem so well suited and totally in love is a really lovely story in our increasingly miserable times.

Meghan’s wardrobe is certainly going to be under scrutiny, and her winter white coat which she wore for the engagement announcement crashed the Line the Label website and showed that the ‘Kate Effect’ may well now be extending to Meghan too. That said, Meghan has already shown that she has style in spades and will probably be rivaling Kate’s fantastic wardrobe as she starts her official royal life.

Meghan is already an established face on the red carpet cycle and always looks immaculate in her choices. She looks amazing in vibrant colours, and works a long sleeved shift style in a modern way. I really can’t wait to see what she brings to the royal style file, but think it will be something that is more edgy and modern than the classic elegance that Kate opts for, more fitting for her role as the wife of someone further down the line to the throne.

I have been looking at Meghan’s red carpet choices, and think they provide some great inspiration for Christmas party dressing this season. A silver shift is a party classic that looks fabulous, especially when teamed with black accessories. Red is the perfect Christmas choice, and Boohoo has a massive range of red dresses of all styles, shapes and shades. If red or sparkle are not your thing, then you could opt for a classic black maxi dress, or a neutral shade that can fit any occasion.


Aurelie Sequin V Neck Dress
£260.00
Click to visit French Connection


LIMITED EDITION
Sequin Long Sleeve Shift Dress
£89.00
Click to visit M&S

Boutique Li Panelled Full Skirt Skater Dress now £23 Click to visit Boohoo

Brittany Lace Dress now £78 Click to visit Boden

Lipsy Bandeau Maxi Dress £22 Click to visit Next

Guinevere Jacquard Dress now £81 Click to visit Boden

Lavish Alice Satin Ruched One Shoulder Midi Dress £47.50 Click to visit ASOS

CRISTIANA
ONE-SHOULDER COCKTAIL DRESS Ash Pink
£185 Click to visit Reiss

Partywear From Wallis

The dark nights can almost be used as an extra excuse to sparkle and shine (have to get the Nativity pun in there as I watched it last night!). Winter is almost here and it is dark and cold by 5/30pm, but after dark is the perfect time to break out the high octane glamour. It’s time to party!

Wallis is always a good destination if you are looking for a party outfit, and this season they have some great dresses that could earn their keep in your wardrobe all through party season and beyond. Coco Chanel would be pleased that her chic ‘Little black dress’ is well represented, remaining the epitome of style and elegance almost 90 years since Coco decided that it was fit for so much more than formal mourning dress. The presence of so many dresses with sleeves will also be music to this ears of those that hate their upper arms due to real or imaginary bingo wings.

Little Black Dresses

Black Cold Shoulder Shutter Shift Dress
Was £70.00 Now £56.00 Click to visit Wallis

Petite Black Sparkle Flute Sleeve Dress
Was £45.00 Now £40.50 Click to visit Wallis

Black Flute Sleeve Shift Dress
Was £48.00 Now £45.60 Click to visit Wallis

Black Embellished Neck Dress
Was £42.00 Now £37.80 Click to visit Wallis

But if you wear every colour except for black, your wardrobe needs are covered too. Navy, purple, red and berry shades all add colour to your ‘sparkle and shine’ (yes, that phase again), and there are also elements of Christmas’s favourite fabric, velvet, in my personal favourite gown, the purple velvet puffed sleeve shift dress.

Wallis is great in that there are a good selection of dresses in the petite selection, as well as dresses of midi, mini and maxi lengths, giving you the choice that suits your style and body shape.

A splash of Colour

Navy Embellished Neck Overlayer Dress
Was £48.00 Now £43.20 Click to visit Wallis

Red Flute Sleeve Shift Dress
Was £39.00 Now £19.00 Click to visit Wallis

Purple Velvet Puff Sleeve Shift Dress
Was £45.00 Now £40.50 Click to visit Wallis

Berry Lace Midi Pencil Dress
Was £55.00 Now £52.25 Click to visit Wallis

If you want to add your sparkle and shine (last time I promise) to your daytime wardrobe, then a glittery knit, teamed with skinny or boyfriend jeans, is a great way to become a queen of daytime sparkle. The pink and pearl effect jumper is absolutely gorgeous, in a 1950s vintage kind of way – I love it!

Glitter Knits

Black Sequin Stripe Bardot Jumper
Was £40.00 Now £36.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Sequin Front Jumper
Was £40.00 Now £36.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Prosecco Embellished Jumper
Was £30.00 Now £27.00 Click to visit Wallis

Pink Embellished High Neck Jumper
Was £40.00 Now £38.00 Click to visit Wallis

 

1950s style glamour from Lovedrobe

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The 1950s was definitely one of the most glamorous decades of the 20th Century. An era in which some of the most iconic actresses of all time defined the stye, the nipped in waists and full skirts worn by Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn were balanced by the form fitting dresses worn by Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. It was high octane glamour all the way, and I must admit I often take my style cues from this period.

This is certainly the case with my current favourite dress which comes from Lovedrobe. Lovedrobe is a company that knows how to dress curves. Creating designs in sizes that run from 16 – 28, Lovedrobe has been designing clothes for curves for the past 40 years. The Jacquard detail midi dress is a gorgeous, retro inspired frock that is both unusual and beautiful. It is the sort of dress that the term ‘showstopper’ is applied to.

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Lovedrobe Jacquard Detail Midi Dress was £89.00 now £44.50 Click to visit Lovedrobe

Fabric swatch

Fabric swatch

So, a few things about this dress. The first thing I would say is that the top is very fitted, so if you have a big bust, you may need to size up. The dress is full lined and the fabric is quite stiff, with the black chevron insets being a see through mesh – so pretty! The gold is almost a foil metallic, think scrunched up chocolate wrapper for the effect, and this effect, teamed with the black chevron stripes, makes it a very unusual and dramatic dress.

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I wore this dress last night for the opening night of The Nutcracker Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome (you can read the review here). I must admit that this is the sort of dress that can make you feel like a princess, the full skirt and midi design is so elegant and glamorous, and combined with the gold, this is the perfect dress for formal Christmas Occasions.

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To tie in with the retro feel of the dress, I teamed it with a vintage faux fur coat and vintage heels and a cute slogan bag which I got in the John Lewis sale last year. I kept jewellery to a minimum and instead accessorised with red lips and dark kohl.

Lovedrobe has some incredible dresses and Christmas party looks and currently has an incredible sale on too, it is well worth a look.