Posted: November 21, 2016 6:11am

I get really nervous when I see the proliferation of sequin dresses and skirts at this time of year, retailers and bloggers, not to mention magazines, tend to try to persuade us to spend money on ‘body tinsel’.

We bloggers tend to be the worst culprits.  Sequins look great in photos, so we love featuring them on Instagram but in real life on anyone over 40 it is touch and go whether it works.

Also, most of those sequin skirts have to be worn with oversized sweaters, which is great for posing for Street Style but forget it at any party I have been to.

After years of getting sucked in, this is how I survive the party season:

Invest in great shoes, you can wear these season after season, try satin.

I love that Net a Porter are now stocking Sarah Jessica Parkers SJP range. I adore the Balenciaga version but these are seriously expensive. River Island are also doing a brilliant satin pair for £35.

SJP Shoes Net a Porter

Check out capes, a lot of great dresses are ruined by putting your normal coat over a fabulous dress. I was inspired to revisit capes by Noreen Goodwin pictured below, hers is by Vilshenko  but check out this brilliant one from Maje which is now for sale in the Outnet .

Vilschenko cape

A metallic jacket is my ‘go to’ party outfit.  The jacket below is for sale from Shonamac and you can also check out Racil, this brand make the most gorgeous evening jackets. Zara have a great option too this season.  Just Vintage Clothing have a wonderful floor length cape on sale for £75.

metallic jacket

I do love a sequin or velvet jacket too and the one below is an Etsy find, Etsy is a great place to find super well priced velvet and sequin pieces which are one of a kind.  This featured one cost me £20 – also check out Oxfam, their online vintage is superb.

Etsy Velvet Jacket

If you are looking for a party dress avoid sequins or glitter and go for statement back detailing, then you can get to wear the dress all year round.  My top tip is Tara Jarmon, a brand I will be featuring later in the week. I have had the dress below from Dawn Fitzgerald for years and it still looks relevant.

Backless Dress

If you cannot be bothered dressing up, a great bag is the easiest way to dress up an outfit.  I was out with a friend last week and we realized the days of the ‘in bags’ were numbered.  The best evening bags were those we couldn’t place, check out Alexandra Rich or this glorious Prada clutch which I am watching on Vestiaire Collective.

Alexandra Rich
Noreen with Alexandra Rich

My advice is to ask yourself if you would wear it in January, if the answer is no, walk away! Not that there will be any partying for me until my eye improves..



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