Who else's inbox has already started filling up with 'Save The Dates' for the office party, bottomless brunches with the girls and themed nights with all your mates from home. Yep, party season is practically upon us and before you know it, you'll be trying to navigate a myriad of events and tricky dress codes.
Let's be honest, party dressing isn't easy and there's a very fine line between fashion and festive. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised when, in my 'tis the season outfit research, I stumbled across a whole section dedicated to 'Parties' on Mango's website that, unusually, didn't feature just sequins. Instead, it was full of versatile and modern pieces, that don't scream Christmas.
And, trust me, if you start party wardrobe planning now, you can whizz through December without an annual 'I have nothing to wear' breakdown.
Best of all Mango are offering 30% all this weekend. Simply enter the code BLACK17 at checkout. But you have to be quick, it ends Sunday at midnight.
Scroll down to shop our edit of key pieces from the site. With 30% already calculated for you...
The Cool Girl's Take On A LBD
If you're only going to buy one item for the party season then make it this LBD. Its velvet fabric instantly makes it, and you, feel luxe. Its v-neck, which shows just a hint of collarbone, is super flattering; it falls just above the knee and, with a cropped sleeve, it's still demure enough to wear to work events. The gathering detail on the sleeve and shoulders also gives the illusion of a narrower waist, which is never a bad thing when you can't be bothered to keep track of how many miniature sausage rolls you've scoffed.
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The Subtle Take On Sequins
When it comes to sequins they almost come as standard at this time of year. However, to avoid looking like an IRL version of the Kira Kira app, stick to one item like this top. Its crossover silhouette suits every body shape while its puffed shoulders nod towards AW17's 80s trend throwback. Paired with jeans, it's a perfect choice when you don't want to look too party-obvs.
The Rad Red Dress
If you can't wear a red dress at Christmas then when can you? This version is a much more sophisticated take on the theme with its fitted but flattering silhouette and ruched sleeves.
The 'I Don't Do Dresses' Alternative
A little bit slouchy and a little bit boyish, a jumpsuit is ideal for when you've got a nonchalant attitude to party dressing. The ruched waist on this version, stops you looking like you're drowning in fabric whilst its olive green colour is a refreshing change from the usual party colour palette of ivy and mulled wine tones.
The Answer To Are We Going Out-Out?
In hot pink, with ruching detail, the search is over to what to wear on your annual girls night out. The one-shoulder cut is also just asking to be worn with your hair up and a pair of sparkly earrings. Plus, at £49.99 you won't end up sobbing when you inevitably spill prosecco on it.
The Instant Party Pop For £12.99
If you're broke these earrings are the answer. Tasseled, and cleverly combining red, gold and fushia, for £12.99 they add instant party pizzazz.