I am partial to a bit of sparkle (albeit not nearly as much as in my 'youth' *sob*), and if you can't go all out for a New Year's eve look, then when can you!? I love the deep burgundy hue of this dress - a very popular colour trend from this season, but I did struggle to choose a colour as the same style dress comes in silver, gold, navy and black - which FYI are all still available online for half the original price so you could treat yourself to 2 or 3 different colours and stockpile for the next couple of years' festive occasions! This dress is a winner in my eyes due to the loose fitting shift silhouette, which is able to hide a multitude of sins from the over indulgence of the Christmas period, yet still looks chic and on trend. This shape tends to suit most body shapes as well as ages - it's how you style it to suit you that really counts.
Being last minute and seemingly incapable of making decisions as always, I am still not 100% sure of my plans for tonight. Therefore I have opted to keep the dress fairly toned down which could work for a more casual shindig staying in with friends/ family, or going out for dinner followed by some drinks to count down to 2016. If I was going 'out out', then I would swap the tights and OTK boots for a pair of slinky, strappy heels and keep my hair loose and softly curled with a bolder lip colour. However, I am more than likely going to stay in as I just can't be dealing with a hangover the next day, and am I the only one that feels like you can't compete with the youngens once you hit mid Twenties...!? I don't know how I went out 2/3 times a week when I was a young and carefree 18 year old back at University; it takes me about a week to recover from one rare night out these days! However, just because I'll (probably - unless I can be convinced enough to go out), be staying in with a glass of bubbles and nibbles, it doesn't mean I want to be slopping about - it's still NYE and as a busy working Mama, I don't often get the chance to dress up and glam up so I shall be making the most of it regardless of how the night is spent. New Years day is for snuggles on the sofa in all day PJ's, amiright!?
By teaming the dress with these faux suede boots (a perfect dupe of the Stuart Weitzman 'Highland' style, I think you would agree!), my look gives off much more casual vibes - even though the dress is covered in sequins, the long black boots manage to tone it down but still keeping it look fresh and glam due to the over the knee style - an ankle boot would again provide a completely different look and would work well if you really wanted to keep your outfit as casual as possible. I would probably suggest this footwear style for a slightly more mature lady, still wanting to have fun with sequins but without wanting to go OTT. The leather jacket with the faux fur trim also adds quite a fresh take on traditional party wear - the combination of the two materials keep it classy and a little bit special, but a short leather jacket is always going to instantly modernise any look and keep it looking young and fresh. If you're a regular reader you'll know I am a big fan of the duster coat/ jacket, and I would probably team something like that with this dress for a proper night out, and the longer length creates a more glamorous silhouette. Again, I would probably suggest this style for the more mature ladies out there - you can play with colours, textures and materials too - it doesn't always have to be black! For example a sumptuous velvet longline coat in a pale grey or rich chocolate brown would work just as well as black - anything neutral will generally work with most colours.
For this look I also kept my makeup fairly neutral and simple, opting for a matte nude lip and everyday eyeliner and mascara for staying in. For a proper party look I would either add a smoky eye or go for a richer, plummy toned lip hue.
Have a stylish and wonderful night seeing in the New Year, however you may be spending it and I shall see you in 2016!
What I'm Wearing:
*Sequin dress - c/o George at ASDA
*Faux fur trimmed jacket - c/o George
Faux fur trimmed leather gloves - Jasper Conran
*Beaded clutch bag - c/o F&F Clothing
OTK faux suede boots - Public Desire
On my lips: MAC Velvet Teddy