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Party Wear + WIW

Looks 1, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, biba panther clasp box clutch, linea solange mesh panel bodycon dress, kurt geiger london sooty courts, phase eight ¾ sleeve tessa lace top, ted baker jillat skinny side zip trousers, miss kg ava sandals, issa box clutch bag, issa diasy lace detail midi dress, dune amallfie point toe stiletto court shoes

Dune Amalfie Point Toe Stiletto Court Shoes

Morning ladies, today I thought we'd talk partywear, as like it or not Christmas is fast approaching so it's time to start dusting off our sparkly numbers & get ready to party!  

I don't know if it's because we went away to Dubai in October & so in my head it still feels like the end of summer when we usually get back from some summer sun, but I for one just can't quite get my head around the fact that the big day is a matter of weeks away.  I also have the small matter of my birthday in early December & I always set myself the benchmark of trying to get all my Christmas shopping & cards written by the end of November so I can enjoy the celebrations.  But I must say this year it's looking a lot less likely unless I get my act together.  

So far the only things I've got sorted are our plans for Christmas Eve, the big day itself & New Year's Eve, which this year will involve putting on our gladrags as it's a black tie do.  So I was delighted when House of Fraser recently contacted me to see if I'd be interested in putting together some partywear outfits as that will at least be one box ticked on the ridiculous check list us ladies give ourselves this time of year in the effort to make everything perfect & the best Christmas yet!  Now just in case hubby is reading this I've got a couple of ideas of what I might wear New Year's Eve, but it doesn't hurt to look for inspiration or some different options does it ladies ;-)

looks 2, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, issa dia tassel clutch bag, js collections sleeveless red maxi, nine west rave sandals, issa betty embellished feather cape, phase eight talia jumpsuit, kurt geiger london pia mid heel court shoes, biba rhi circular studded clutch, issa alice wrap maxi, head over heels munro strappy low 2 part sandals

ISSA Dia Tassel Clutch Bag
JS Collections Sleeveless Red Maxi
Nine West Rave Sandals

ISSA Betty Embellished Feather Cape
Phase Eight Talia Jumpsuit
Kurt Geiger London Pia Mid Heel Court Shoes

Bibi Rhi Circular Studded Clutch
ISSA Alice Wrap Maxi
Head Over Heels Munro Strappy Low 2 Part Sandals

Now I appreicate some of you may not have a black tie do this festive season but I'm sure most of us have some sort of occasion where it's nice to make that little bit more effort & dress up a little more than we normally would.  As you'll see from the looks I've put together some ideas are for formal events with full length dresses but others are outfits that you could easily wear on the big day itself, not to mention your works Christmas do or a night out celebrating with the girls.

Looks 4, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, phase eight becca batwing jumper, fenn wright manson caroline skirt, head over heels annabel low kitten heel pointed court shoes, superdry scuba luxe longline blazer jacket, hallhuber satin camisole top, biba pu stretch leggings, dune bluebelle flat pointed court shoes, marella leccue ruched blouse, biba velvet studded skirt, miss kg jazz shoe boots

Phase Eight Becca Batwing Jumper
Fenn Wright Manson Caroline Skirt
Head Over Heels Annabel Low Kitten Heel Pointed Court Shoes

Superdry Scuba Luxe Longline Blazer Jacket
Hallhuber Satin Camisole Top
Biba Pu Stretch Leggings
Dune Bluebelle Flat Pointed Court Shoes

Marella Leccue Ruched Blouse
Biba Velvet Studded Skirt
Miss KG Jazz Shoe Boots

I mean who doesn't love a little bit so shimmer & sparkle - I for one certainly seem to be unlocking my inner magpie the older I get & the more sparkly the shoe the better.  I particularly love the idea of the sequin skirt I've featured above teamed with a slighly loose fit knit & court shoes.  Plus how stunning does that studded velvet skirt look?!  Hubby I'm sorry but I just 'may' have to investigate that beauty further!

Looks 3, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, ariella fifi faux fur crop bolero, adrianna papell one shoulder dress with lace top, l k bennett agata asymmetric sandals, helen moore tippet faux fur scarf, c/meo pleated maxi dress with split, quid lita stay sandal

Qupid Lita Strappy Sandal

Of course you may be lucky enough to own a couple of faithful little black dresses that you can rely on for always fitting the occasion & making you feel good & if that's the case but you're worried friends will think you only own that one dress then perhaps think about investing in some new shoes or a statement clutch to change the look, there's some stunning heels & clutches around at the moment.

Looks 5, my midlife fashion, house of fraser, lace and beads blouson embellished maxi, roland cartier magma diam cut out shoes, winser london silk and jersey wrap top, jolie moi crepe pleated maxi skirt, dune deeana high heeled brooch court shoes, phase eight angalina frill maxi dress, dune mansionn strappy jewelled high heel sandal

Or if you're looking to treat yourself but don't want to buy something that's only going to spend most of it's days hanging in your wardrobe then think about investing in separates, pieces that you can dress up or down.  Such as leather leggings which look fab as shown above with a longline blazer & lace cami but can so easily be reworked for day with a chunky knit & trainers.  The same with a maxi skirt - dress it up for a special occasion with an off the shoulder or silk crossover top then team with a biker jacket, breton & flats for the day.  Heck if you're brave enough you could even throw on a chunky knit & trainers with a sequin skirt, which let's face it is always going to brighten up your day.

Now I mentioned earlier my love of sparkly shoes & these are so stunning I just couldn't resist picking them as one of my items to style & feature.  I seem to spend most of my time in flats so a dressy pair that have sparkle but mean I'll still be able to walk in them come the end of the night are everything.   Plus I'll also be able to get my wear out of them day to day.  In my head I'm thinking they're ideal for casual occasions where you want to make a little bit of effort but don't want to be too dressed up as it's more of a laid back occasion such as how I've styled them below but equally they'd look stunning with some black cigarette pants, a simple lace trim cami & a tuxedo jacket.  Plus on those dull January days we've got to look forward to, boyfriend jeans & an oversized chunky knit - just because they're sparkly & will make me smile :-)

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, dune bluebelle flat pointed court shoes

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, dune bluebelle flat pointed court shoes, zara oversized chunky knit polo neck jumper, ralph lauren lauren clutch bag, uniqlo high collar frill detail blouse, massimo dutti leather leggings

Jumper - Zara, similar here
Shirt - Uniqlo, similar here
Leather Leggings - Massimo Dutti, similar here
Bag - Ralph Lauren, similar here
Shoes - Dune

The other item I've picked is this timeless silk shirt.  A real wardrobe staple, that I already own similar to in black & white.  This type of top for me is just perfect for dressing up or down & can so easily be transformed with the addition of a statement necklace.  Something like this really will stand the test of time & be one of those tops you can reach for on most occasions where you don't know what to wear.  I've styled it below to show you how I'm planning on wearing it over the festive season & I'm also wearing it today in a more dressed down capacity.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, jigsaw silk shirt, dune metallic clutch, dune betsey court shoes, j crew cigarette pants, chanel vintage necklace

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, jigsaw silk shirt, dune metallic clutch, dune betsey court shoes, j crew cigarette pants, chanel vintage necklace

Necklace - Chanel, similar here
Shirt - Jigsaw
Clutch - Dune, similar here
Trousers - J Crew, similar here
Shoes - Dune, similar here

And today.

my midlife fashion, jigsaw silk shirt, tommy hilfiger celeste coat, house of fraser, boden boho boots, iris and ink leather shoulder bag, j crew 8" toothpick jeans, village england misterton necklace

my midlife fashion, jigsaw silk shirt, tommy hilfiger celeste coat, house of fraser, boden boho boots, iris and ink leather shoulder bag, j crew 8" toothpick jeans, village england misterton necklace

Coat - Tommy Hilfiger
Shirt - Jigsaw
Belt - Gucci
Bag - Iris & Ink
Jeans - J Crew
Boots - Boden


Coat - Hobbs
Shirt - Jigsaw
Belt - Jigsaw
Jeans - J Crew
Boots - Boden

So ladies have you started planning your Christmas partywear?  Perhaps you've seen something in today's post that's got you itching to 'click that button' or maybe I've featured an outfit that's given you some inspiration for pieces already hanging in your wardrobe?  As always I'd love to hear your thoughts & if you're needing more inspiration check out House of Fraser's full range of partywear here.

Have a fab day & I'll be back as always in the morning. 

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