Life is a Catwalk: Rock your party frock

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IT is that time of year again, when parties are suddenly in abundance and frocks are required.

Whether it is for the office Christmas do, a family celebration or a night on the town, the high street is packed with options for looking your best.

This year you’ll see a lot of velvet, lace, sequins and embellishment in the shops, and don’t be scared of it, if there is ever a time to sparkle – it is Christmas.

The reason I like making such a special effort at this time of year is because I go back ‘home’ to my parents’ house for a large portion of the holidays. I get to see lots of friends and family I haven’t seen in months and – in some cases – people I haven’t seen since last Christmas. It is the perfect opportunity to dress up!

If, like me, your purse strings are a little tight this year there are ways to strut your winter style without using all your funds and leaving the family with no Christmas presents under the tree. I’ll be picking out all my favourite party-pieces from the last couple of years and deciding if I can rework and wear them again this season.

Adding a sparkly corsage, some different statement jewellery, eye-catching shoes or some fun tights can transform an outfit and everyone will forget they’ve seen it before. I’ll also be scouring the charity shops for items I can add to my Christmas wardrobe, even if it is just accessories.

Whatever you wear, make sure you love it and feel fantastic, that way you’ll be radiating confidence and might even meet someone special under the mistletoe.

If all else fails, reach for that little black dress, heels and some red lippy and, in the head-turning celeb-style fail-safe, work it like a Robert Palmer girl.