Films promise that December will be a whirlwind of cocktail parties, black-tie evenings and nights at the opera, but that’s not how it pans out for most of us. Instead of champagne-fueled rooftop soirées, your social calendar probably consists of nights at the pub that are thrown together the night before and involve classy drinks like eggnog and mulled cider. But just because you don’t require a ballgown and elbow-length gloves doesn’t mean you can’t make an effort. Heck, even a sequin or two wouldn’t go amiss—it is Christmas after all. Here are six ways to style out an evening at your local boozer.
Style notes: A jewel-toned dress—be it amethyst, emerald or this rather brilliant citrine on Camille Charrière—will stand out in a sea of jeans and going-out tops. Make sure your gem of a frock isn’t too long—sticky pub floors and silk is a disaster waiting to happen—and pair with trainers (you’re in a pub after all).
Style notes: If you’re hot-footing it to the pub after work and have to change in the office loos, then this is your outfit. Keep on your boring black work trousers, but replace the shirt and blazer with a backless blouse. You’ll find the ventilation handy on the dance floor.
Style notes: This look is a little bit space age, a lot ’80s and definitely not for the faint-hearted. Unbuttoning the boiler suit and wearing a black T-shirt underneath means you can always tie the top half around your waist if your pub’s central heating turns aggressive, while the shoulder-grazing earrings and metallic sandals say, “Disco! Disco! Disco!”
Style notes: A slip dress and an oversized leather jacket is the gift that keeps on giving at Christmas. Make sure your dress hits the mid-calf so it doesn’t look like you’ve picked up your nightie by mistake. A smudge of deep red lipstick and tousled hair are all you need as accessories—though it would be nice to find a gold bracelet bag from Chloé under the tree this year.
Style notes: If you want to show a subtle bit of skin without turning into an icicle, then why not try a sheer jumper? Balance out the “naked” with a black bra top that offers slightly more coverage and a suede skirt that just brushes the mid-calf.
Style notes: A high-necked dress splashed with animal print is a great way to add flavour to a Christmas-themed pub quiz night. Make it even merrier by adding a belt with a jazzy buckle. You might not win the bar tab, but outfit of the night? It’s yours.