Why do women get so hot and bothered about Christmas party dressing? All you need to do is throw on a showstopping jumpsuit, a sculptural single earring and your new strappy sandals, right? If you want to spend your entire evening in utter discomfort and misery, then yes. You see, normal clothes take on entirely new meanings when the weather’s cold and the booze is flowing. That jumpsuit will be your worst nightmare when you have to spend 10 minutes in a tiny pub cubicle twisting out and then back into it. Oh, and those precious new sandals? One outing to a cocktail bar where the floor is sticky with spilt drinks and they’ll be ruined for good. Sick of being too cold or flashing your knickers?
Read on for our 12 styling tips that will have you acing the party dressing stakes.
1. Don't wear giant metal earrings on a subzero evening because your ears will freeze.
2. Do wear eye-boggling prints to a raucous event—spilt drinks won't show up.
3. Do dress like a human disco ball because sequins are everywhere right now.
4. Don't wear a jumpsuit if your bladder control is zero—you'll spend the whole night in the loo.
5. Do wear a bralette under a tuxedo jacket—but only with millennials, lest people think you have short-term memory problems.
6. Do accessorize your barnet with something Mrs. Claus–friendly; it is Christmas, after all.
7. Do cover up your pins with thigh-high Pretty Woman boots—calves covered in goose pimples ain't pretty.
8. Don't wear sunglasses indoors—everyone will think you're either pretending to be Anna Wintour or epically hungover.
9. Don't wear shoes you're precious about because they will get grimy AF.
10. Don't carry a giant tote because everyone—I repeat everyone—you're with will say, "Oooh, can I just slip my purse into your bag?"
11. Don't be tempted to wear a cashmere jumper to a club, because the central heating will get you.
12. Don't do a leg slit (unless you’re a professional like Tamu McPherson) because you will flash your pants after too many proseccos.
Next up, what the Who What Wear UK team is wearing to our Christmas party this year.