Time to get sparkly


Maggie Gibbons

Party season has arrived! It seems I blinked last Christmas and suddenly it’s upon us again. This year, party wear calls out for sequins, velvet, pearls and bows – and glitter, lots of glitter. Even boots and shoes will be glittery this season. Colours are rich – luscious greens and burgundy and, of course, mustard – and animal prints to beat the band.

Timeless to timely
From the classic little black dress to show-stopping sparkle, you can to go all out with your style choice. Whether it’s a work party, night out with family and friends or a one-on-one with someone special, this is the time to glam it up.
Cast a spell in a gorgeous jumpsuit with a faux fur wrap draped around the shoulders for added effect. A maxi dress is so dramatic; team one with sparkly earrings and an eye-catching neckpiece and the world is your oyster. Or dare to bare those legs and wear a sequinned mini...
Ever since Cara Delevingne sported a tux at Princess Eugenie’s recent wedding, fashionistas  have been fascinated with that particular style. To complete the look, Cara added a top hat and sky-high heels. If you want this timely look but don’t want to wear black, go for gold – just keep it simple with the accessories. You don’t want to compete with the decorations!
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The turkey is basted, presents opened, what do you wear? There are dress codes for almost everything today, but come Christmas Day it becomes a real conundrum. You need to be comfortable enough to allow room for expansion after dinner, but there is this enormous pressure to dress up.
It’s times like this that the elasticated waistband plays a blinder, and the great thing is, they’re everywhere right now – dresses, skirts, jumpsuits, whatever takes your fancy. So pig away to your heart’s content, safe in the knowledge you won’t burst out of your clothes.Upcycle
Dressing well and looking stylish doesn’t have to cost a fortune. (And isn’t it so maddening to pay full price for something only to discover it’s half price or less the day after Christmas?)If you haven’t heard the term ‘shop your own wardrobe’ then now is the time to learn. A bit of creativity is all that’s needed for glam. Why not sew some sequins or pearls on to dresses and tops. Cutting sleeves off a jacket gives you a gilet instantly – easier still if it’s faux fur.

For a fabulous cheap accessory buy a turban headband, I got a couple of wonderful ones in Zara and River Island. Great on the ‘bad hair’ days too! Jewellery is always welcome. Be bold and stack on the rings and bangles, and go for mismatched earrings.

Get in shape
Lastly, get the foundations right. Mayo’s own Rita Mylett is the creator of Atir shapewear (www.atir.ie), the best shapewear I’ve ever come across. It won’t roll up or down, and you’re guaranteed to feel comfy all day in it. There’s a piece for every single body challenge. I particularly love the Just 4 Jeans – it’s a little waist trainer (€55) that sits right under the bust, getting rid of the dreaded muffin top. The Body Suit (€69.99) is brilliant, it has an added panel in front for extra support. Rita recently introduced Hi-Waist Leggings (€69.99) which are great on the bum while streamlining legs, hips and tums. All her shapewear is light and breathable and it does a stellar job at creating a great silhouette.

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at living@mayonews.ie.