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Let the parties begin! It’s officially the busiest time of year. I’ve got a calendar full of functions including a soiree at a girlfriend’s house, a big fat Italian family dinner and our always fabulous work party. The more parties I attend, the more outfits I need. So, what am I wearing this year?
There are a few things I look for in a holiday party wardrobe:
> Timeless cocktail dresses I can wear year after year
> Stand-out accessories that can transform any outfit (so I can wear it twice without anyone noticing!)
> Separates that I can shape into different outfits
> A colour palette that reflects this season’s trends AND looks festive
H&M is my holiday wardrobe one-stop shop. The clothes and accessories are affordable (between buying gifts, hosting dinners and buying rounds of cocktails, I can’t afford to go over budget!) and always on trend. So, here’s my top picks from the H&M Holiday Collection, in stores now!
This year I’m replacing my little black dress with a red one! From body conscious (for those of you more loyal to the gym than I am) to A-line or peplum (I love peplum because it makes my boyish figure look more like Beyonce than Kristen Stewart), H&M has given us so many choices for cocktail dresses this season.
Prices right to left: $29.95, $69.95, $49.95
When we think of cocktail parties we often immediately opt for a dress. But, this year the pantsuit has made a major comeback. If you’re going to do the pant suit, make it festive (and not too office-y) with print head to toe. This look was seen all over the runways, including Louis Vuitton and Prada’s Fall/Winter shows. I adore H&M’s galaxy printed pant and top set, also featuring my favorite trend: peplum. The blazer combo, another print in blue, is sure to turn heads. If you run out of outfits, you can always reuse these suits as seperates, pairing the top with a pencil skirt or the bottom with a blouse.
Prices right to left: $99, $69.95, $39.95, $69.95
When it comes to accessories this holiday season, the more the better! Big chunky necklaces, bright clutches and sparkling earrings are all great ways to liven up your look. Think of it as dressing a Christmas tree, find ornaments that aren’t too matchy-matchy, but complement each other. I’d pair these three:
Right to left: $39.95, $24.95, $29.95
Whatever the occasion, when it comes to dressing up there’s no need to break the bank! You can find this season’s hottest colours, prints and shapes at H&M.