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Get your gladrags sorted – it’s almost Christmas

Have you suddenly noticed that your inbox is starting to overflow with party invites? Are you already synchronising diaries with friends, family and loved ones in order to arrange that pre-christmas meal, works drinks and New Years Eve events? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then step this way.

A great place to look for occasionwear for women is Bonmarche. This High Street store keeps quietly providing great quality dresses that flatter the figure and appeal to those who want to look great without revealing too much flesh. In recent years, the appearance of David Emmanuel has added a new dimension to the collections, bringing classic, ageless designs to the High Street.

Here are a few of my favourite dresses from Bonmarche this season, along with a few accessories that will help you to complete the look.

This black pleated David Emmanuel dress is just so elegant. The crossover bust and pleated skirt give this a classic design, which would look fabulous teamed with silver or gold accessories. Team this with a great silver sequinned clutch bag to add a little sparkle to your evening look.

David Emanuel Pleated Dress £35 click to visit Bon Marche
Sequin Shoulder Clasp Clutch Bag £14 click to visit Bon Marche

Blue Velvet is such a glamorous look, an ultra flattering colour for many hair shade and skintone. This particular dress has a gorgeous side knot detail that adds interest to the design. The boat neck means you could add a necklace, but I like the idea of keeping the look simple by just adding some beautiful drop earrings.

Glamorous Velour Dress £32 click to visit Bon Marche
Sparkle and Diamante Drop Earrings £2.50 click to visit Bon Marche

Animal print is a real style essential, your wardrobe is frankly bare if you haven’t got at least one piece in your wardrobe. But for those whose idea of animal print still conjures up Marlene from Only fools and horses, this black velour dress shows that animal print can actually be both subtle and totally understated. Add a touch of red in the form of a seriously glam red patent croc bag and you’re all set for cocktail hour.

Animal Sparkle Velour Dress £35 click to visit Bon Marche
Patent Croc Metal Edge Cross Body Bag £12 click to visit Bon Marche



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