FASHION Sparkle this Christmas with seasonal style


Elie Saab’s autumn/winter 2014 sparkling rose-gold dress with faux fur stole, at Paris Fashion Week.
?Elie Saab’s autumn/winter 2014 sparkling rose-gold dress with faux fur stole, at Paris Fashion Week.

Sparkle in style this Christmas

The hot trends for party wear this festive season

Maggie Gibbons

This Christmas everything seems to be embellished with sequins and glitter. It might not entirely practical I know, but who cares, it’s the party season and there’s nothing quite like a bit of glitter for full-on glamour! Even boots and shoes have glittery bits on them and heels are stockier.
Whether you’re a party person or not, chances are you’d like to get something new – even if it is only for Christmas Day. However, with so many demands on our few euros, there’s a fine line between looking great and overspending. We all want to look our best, but few of us can afford to pay designer prices for clothes.
What’s in the shops right now? Whether you intend to challenge the tinsel with sequins or go more understated, the shops are full of glam. If there is one dress we all should have in our wardrobe it’s the LBD.  You could however opt for the LRD (Little red dress) this year, instantly cheering and mood enhancing!
Fake fur is one of the biggest trends this winter and it’s fabulous, from jackets and coats to hats and collars it’s all out there.
Whoever said the jumpsuit wouldn’t last got it so wrong: It’s everywhere. Apparently, it’s easy and comfortable to wear. I daren’t go there. I wore it in the ’80s, so it definitely would be a case of mutton etc etc.
The seasonal party colour is gold. Gold dresses appeared in most of this winter’s catwalk collections, in everything from jackets and dresses to eyeshadows and eyeliners: Just don’t try to compete with the Christmas decorations. A new clutch, a belt or an oversized scarf will work wonders. If all else fails, paint your nails.
If your arms are not your best feature, cover with a wrap/shrug or arm covers.
Invest in a few accessories. A gorgeous bag will instantly update your look – bags are to parties what great bikinis are to holidays. A simple necklace, bracelet and diamante earrings will look wonderful with a black dress. To bring it from day to evening, wear it with a clutch bag and heels for instant glamour.
There’s no need to spend a fortune on something that will hang unworn in your wardrobe after just one outing. It seems to me the more something costs the less we want to wear it. Why? Ladies, the more something costs the more it should be on your back!
Still, dressing well and looking stylish does not mean that you need to spend a lot. A little bit of creativity is all you need to bring on the glam. Go through your wardrobe to see what you already have, and check what’s needed to update your clothes, maybe an accessory like a beautiful scarf or belt? Sew beads or sequins on anything from tops and dresses to shoes. Cut the sleeves out of an old jacket and Voila! You have an up-to-the-minute gilet. This will be far easier on your budget than buying a whole new outfit.
Buy the right size. It’s not glamorous to be spilling out of your clothes, and if your outfit is too tight, you will look bigger. The right underwear can visually take pounds off you. Overhanging flesh visible under your dress will instantly ruin the effect, regardless of how much it cost.
Dress to suit your figure and show off your assets. If you’re curvy, choose fabrics with ruching and draping. Most dresses in the shops this season are made of great stretchy fabrics with built-in shaping; some even have a built-in bra, giving the illusion of an hourglass figure.
Whatever look you go for, faux fur or sparkly sequins, enjoy the festive fun and ring in the new year in style. Happy Christmas everyone!

> Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at