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Sequins are the ultimate festive addition to your outfit, but it can be all too easy to go overboard.

If you want some sparkle but don't want to go down the "Christmas bauble" route, follow our tips for getting it just right…

1. Accessorise
You don't need to go full on glamour queen with sequins – a statement bag or belt is enough to have you looking Christmas party ready. Olivia Palermo gets it right with a simple sequined belt and bag combo:

2. Break it up
Pairing sequins with casual fabrics like cotton and denim is a great way to add some effortless sparkle. We need this gold blazer in our wardrobes!

3. Tone things down
Dark and muted colour palettes can have just as much of an impact as bolder colours. Go for gunmetal grey over shiny silver, or pewter and bronze over gold for a really sophisticated look. Lauren Conrad has the right idea:

4. Make it matte
You don't have to sparkle like a Seventies disco in your sequins – look for matte coatings instead. We love this black crop top and skirt combo!

5. Choose one key piece
Add a sequined piece to your outfit and dress it like you would any other fabric. A wool jumper might not be the first thing that leaps to mind when styling a sequin skirt, but how good does Alexa Chung look?

6. Look for classic styles
Avoid trendy styles or badly fitting dresses – the sequins are making enough of a statement. Anna Kendrick surely had the fashion police knocking at her door after wearing this off-the-shoulder number on the red carpet:

7. Dare to bare
Keep jewellery and bold make-up to a minimum to avoid a look that's too chaotic. Emma Watson let her gorgeous dress do the talking:

8. Own it!
Take a leaf out of Beyoncé's book and wear your sequins with pride!




With so many nights out during the festive season it's easy to get bogged down in all the planning.

Fear not though – there are a few key pieces that will see you through any and every night out.

We've tracked down the essentials…

The coat
Protect yourself from the elements AND stay stylish in a well-chosen winter coat. We love this faux-fur number – throw it on over your dress and you're sorted!

Silver Long Pile Faux Fur Coat, €120, River Island

The bag
A giant handbag will only be a nuisance on a night out, so stick with a neat clutch. This one has a shoulder strap too – essential if you have a history of lost handbags!

Bronze Jacquard Print Box Bag, €29.99, New Look

The dress
The most important part of your Christmas style arsenal! Check out our guide to picking out a party dress for every body shape here – but we reckon this gorgeous black fit n' flare one is a good place to start!

Velveteen Burnout Bow Dress, €24.99, Forever 21

The accessories
Who cares if you plan on wearing the same LBD to every event? Mix things up with some stylish accessories and it'll feel good as new every time.

Four pack rose gold bracelets, €4.99, H&M


Pink faceted stone studs, €6.50, Miss Selfridge


Reindeer Antlers with bells, €1.49, Dealz



With some of the biggest nights of the year ahead, the pressure of choosing the perfect party dress can get a little overwhelming.

Rather than grabbing the first on-trend piece you see, shop for your body shape this year. You'll be oozing confidence – and Christmas sparkle!

Here are a few guidelines…

If you have an hourglass figure…
If your shoulders and hips are roughly the same width, with a smaller than average waist, you've got a gorgeous hourglass figure. Show off the smallest part of your body with cinched in waistlines and fit n' flare style skater dresses. 

An open neckline and a nipped waist make this dress party perfect:

Caitlin Drape Crepe Dress, €62, Oasis

Don't be afraid to show off those pins, either – this tunic skims your curves in all the right places:

Sparkle Tunic, €56, Warehouse

If you have a pear-shaped figure…
A small chest, and shorter legs that are wider at the hips and thighs make you a pear shape. Go for dresses with empire waistlines or higher cut waistlines that give the illusion of longer legs.

We love this structured two-piece style dress:

Pink Jacquard Overlay Dress, €55, Miss Selfridge

And this sequin dress will sit perfectly on a pear-shaped lady:

Scatter Sequin Dress, €107, Warehouse

If you have a boyish figure…
If you're straight up and down with a smaller chest, go for styles that drape or gather around the chest or waist to give you a curvy silhouette.

This dress will draw the eye to the top half of the body:

Lace Bodice 2 in 1 Dress, €73, Oasis

And with a smaller chest you can afford to have more beading and detail all over:

Silver Megan Bodycon Dress, €112, Miss Selfridge

If you're curvy…
High-impact curves can look super-sexy when styled just right. Go for semi-fitted dresses that hug in the right places.

This plunging neckline is covered by a sultry sheer mesh panel, meaning you won't be on boob-spill alert all night:

Black Textured Mesh Plunge Dress, €87, River Island

This wrap dress looks amazing on all figures, and the waist-tie sash shows off your curves to perfection:

Red Bird Wrap Dress, €22.99, New Look

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