Step 1: Party invite lands in your inbox. Step 2: You proceed to stress over finding the perfect outfit. With the festive season upon us, this two-step routine may feel a bit too familiar. End-of-year holiday parties are filling your calendar, and you’ve taken it upon yourself to finish the season on a sartorial high note. Thankfully, Jimmy Choo is here to help with fresh party-outfit inspiration from some of the world’s top bloggers as well as their dos and don’ts for nailing your look.
From Sofie Valkiers’s smart trick for showing just the right amount of skin to Pernille Teisbaek’s advice for standing out in a crowd, scroll down to be best dressed at all your parties this season.
Do: Let your accessories take center stage.
“My style is very minimalistic, so if I’m wearing minimal shoes too, it’s not an exciting look. So it’s fun to play around with shoes that sparkle and bags as well. So when I saw the Lorelai Pumps (£995), I thought they were pretty interesting. They’re metallic shoes with small leather flowers that have a 3D effect, and the colors are quite subtle but eye-catching. For an everyday look, I might style them with a pair of socks and a pair of jeans.”
Don’t: Ignore the weather forecast.
“A don’t is wearing too little clothing. Coming from the north, I always think about it when I’m going out. When you look at London, you never see girls wearing tights when they go out, and I’m like, they must be freezing! There are lots of stylish ways to stay warm, like wearing a short dress with a pair of pants underneath.”
Do: Make sure your clutch is well stocked.
“Definitely carry ChapStick. It’s super important, especially for me—I’ve always had chapped lips. Also, I carry eyeliner; sometimes you need to reapply mid-party!”
Do: Keep your dress length in mind.
“The dress length is key—it shouldn’t be too short. For me, I love midi lengths that go below the knee.”
Don’t: Overdo the hair.
“People like to overdo their hair for Christmas with super-curly angel locks. I think it is a little too much. You always want to have this kind of cool chic by keeping the hair down and more natural.”
Do: Try a jumpsuit to go from the office to a party.
“Jumpsuits look really great for transitioning from an office setting to a party. You can open the buttons a bit, roll up your sleeves, and add a belt to make it more fitted.”
Don’t: Pair peep-toe heels with tights.
“I wouldn’t wear peep-toe shoes with tights. You can see the seam, and it’s the biggest don’t I have! If you’re wearing tights, pair them with stiletto pumps like the Lucy (£475), which I wore in the shoot. Really high heels like that will elongate your legs and make them look amazing.”
Do: Pair a tight dress with flats, and a flowy dress with heels.
“I were to wear a minidress, I would go with flats, but since my silver dress wasn’t too fitted, it looked really cute with the high heels. The Dolly Pumps (£695) with the pom-poms on it were perfect. For me personally, pom-poms are the best thing you can have on party shoes, because they make them very unique.”
Don’t: Show too much skin at an office holiday party.
“I would say less is more. Keep it decent. Your boss is there, so just keep it decent.”
Do: Dress up a plain black blazer and slacks.
“Jimmy Choo has a lot of basics but also a lot of statement shoes and embellishments, so I think it is really nice if you are wearing something basic, like a black tuxedo blazer or black tuxedo pants, and accessorize it with a Jimmy Choo clutch—a fancy clutch or the embellished pumps. The brand even has those metallic pumps, which are amazing. It’s a really great way to stand out at a party without being too much, and going too far out of your comfort zone. Everyone has a black blazer and black pants, so it is easy.”
Don’t: Wear anything you can’t dance or eat in.
“Don’t wear anything that is uncomfortable. For me, I love to dance and to eat as well, so if I can’t move in a dress, then that is obviously a don’t for me, no matter how good I look. Also, you want to make sure your clothes fit you really well. The fit is everything. Even if you are wearing a very affordable, cheap Forever 21 dress, you can make it look expensive by getting it tailored to you.”
Do: Go for velvet and metallic.
“I always love velvet for winter holidays. It’s not only warm, but it’s very chic and classy, as well. I also think metallic works really well, because it complements the decorations with all the reflective lights.”
Don’t: Pose too much in photos.
“Try to keep it natural with your photo poses. Keep it cheeky but nice at the same time, and don’t exaggerate with the poses—don’t go for an overtly alluring pose or anything.”
Do: Follow the 40/60 rule.
“I have this 40/60 rule that I always follow: You can show skin in 40% of your look, but then 60% should always be covered. You have to find a good balance if you are wearing a short skirt or cleavage.”
Do: Pack foldable ballerina flats.
“I take the foldable ballerina flats and put them in my bag. By the end of the night, no one even cares anymore. Everyone’s already too busy, so you can just go to the bathroom and switch out of your heels.”
Do: Wear nude heels to elongate your legs.
“For the shoot, I wore Jimmy Choo Claudette Sandals (£495) available in Black. They looked very sexy and chic. They’re great for elongating the legs, because the eye continues down the leg.”
Do: Mix metallics.
“I love how my Cloud Clutch was a mix of silver and gold. I think it’s very fun to mix metals—it feels younger than strictly sticking to one.”
Don’t: Go out without breaking in your shoes.
“You have to know your shoes. Don’t go in new shoes, or you might be stuck with blisters. I have a lot of super-high heels that are super comfortable and that I can dance all night long in, but you have to make sure ahead of time.”
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