I'm feeling terribly Christmas-sy! My festive keen-ness has been nicely encouraged by my film weekend where I watched Bridget Jones' Diary, Love Actually and Elf, and also by a recent trip into town, where I saw that festive fashion had been put out in glorious Christmas window displays!
Whilst some of you might slightly resent my eagerness, the party season is a mere few weeks away, and it's about time to start thinking about getting your mitts on a great dress to see you through the celebrations.
Now, if I've panicked you, I do apologise, but do not fear -Bombay Rose is here to help! I've picked out a couple of celebrity-inspired dresses that I think would make for wonderful choices for the party season:
The Little White Dress
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Set aside your boring LBD - this year, take queue from Blair Waldorf and get yourself an LWD (little white dress). Very few people will choose a white dress for the Christmas season, so you'll certainly stand-out from the crowd! Blair's dress is by Marc Jacobs, which doesn't exactly lend itself well to a young lady's budget...
... so how about this Lipsy replica? I have it myself and wore it to a big Christmas bash in 2011; I'm definitely going to dig it out again at some point this year as I love it so much! However, if you buy this dress or any other LWD, make sure you stay away from tipsy, red-wine drinkers on the big night to save yourself from tears and permanently stained fabric!
The Sequin Dress
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She's featured on this blog an awful lot, but that's only because when it comes to show-stopping fashion, Blake Lively knows her stuff. Sequins can be a difficult look to pull off, but Blake's managed beautifully with this glitzy dress she wore to a fragrance launch a few months ago. I adore the berry hue she has opted for - it's so very on-trend this season!
This Elise Ryan number incorporates sequin detail along with a flattering floaty skater skirt; if you wear this dress to a Christmas meal, or on the 25th itself, the great thing is you can happily stuff your face with turkey and pudding and still be able to hide a very full tummy!
The Bodycon Dress
Whether you like her or not, Tulisa Constavlos has really proven herself in the fashion stakes of late. She changes her look a lot, sometimes opting for more demure pieces and then totally changing it up and wearing figure-hugging bandage dresses.
Whilst I wouldn't ever choose to wear a bodycon dress myself (I always feel really uncomfortable in tight clothes!), plenty of you readers are lucky enough to have the confidence (and figure!) to wear one:
This silver Topshop dress is a great copy of Tulisa's, and is a lovely colour for the festive season - it's wise to stick to a relatively neutral colour when it comes to bodycon, purely because loud, coloured bandage dresses can border on trashy (here's looking at you, Kim Kardashian). Let the focus be on your amazing curves, and not on a glaringly bright hue too! Pair this dress with nude heels and clutch and you're good to go... it's also wise to go easy with the jewellery, just as Tulisa has done (above).
The Maxi Dress
Made in Chelsea's Millie Macintosh always looks amazing on the red-carpet, and I love that she often chooses a maxi dress over a short one at a lot of glamorous events (like the Scottish Fashion Awards, above) - I'd always wear a maxi over a mini if the occasion and dress-code are appropriate, and formal/black-tie parties this Christmas are the perfect place to opt for floor-length.
Little Mistress Alyssa Maxi Dress, £69.00 from Aspire Style
I adore this dress, it's the most beautiful fit and is so very feminine; the lace cut-out panels show a teensy bit of skin, but the dress still looks super classy. It's available in other colours too: teal and navy.
Hope you're all set for the party season and have been inspired to buy one of these lovely dresses!