Office to Christmas Party

How to Transform From Office Drab to Party Central

The Christmas season is almost upon us, bringing you nicely along to your next excuse for all-out glamour. If like us, getting yourself ‘Christmas Party ready’ means fighting for mirror space in the office toilets, then follow our top tips and this season, you’re sure to be the belle of the festive ball.

Take one office appropriate black dress….

Seam Waist Shift Dress

Seam Waist Shift dress: Topshop £50

…and add:

Makeup
The quickest way to go from drab to fab in a flash is to makeover your makeup. When it hits 5 o’clock, break out the face wipes and start again by applying a brand new base. For instant party glamour, add statement smoky eyes or a slick of red lipstick – this season, it’s all about matte colour. If you fancy going all out in the spirit of the festive season, add in a pair of false eyelashes or go shimmery with your blusher.

MakeupRimmel Kate Matte lipstick: £5.49; Eylure false eyelashes: £5.99; Bourjois blusher: £7.99

Shoes
Every fashionista knows that adding a pair of high heels to your ensemble is a sure-fire way to give yourself an instant lift (we couldn’t resist that one). Make them sparkly and stiletto heeled for party power or if you plan to dance the night away without a care in the world, this season’s block heels are the unsteady girl’s dream shoe.

ShoesOh My Peeptoe Red Nubuck shoes: Office £65; Black Suede Glitter Chunky Heel shoes: New Look £59.99; Burgundy Heels: H&M £29.99

Jewellery
In the office-to-party world, jewellery can be your best friend – instantly updating a simple black dress and adding the final touch of sparkle to the safety of your daytime fatigues. Chanel this winter’s gothic luxe trend with a pair of shoulder-dusting chandelier earrings or go for vintage glamour with a statement collar.

JewelleryIridescent collar: Miss Selfridge £22; Deco Stone Chandelier earrings: Topshop £22

Bag
We bet you carry too much stuff around with you; we’re all guilty. But this time, ditch your handbag under your desk (it’ll forgive you later) and carry a simple statement clutch with just your essentials: phone, purse, keys – and any makeup touch-ups you might later need. If you’re at risk of losing a clutch bag on the bar whilst you do that tequila shot, then invest in one with a little chain strap.

BagsDiamond Geo Shell bag: Accessorize £45; Ballroom Hardcase bag: Accessorize £35

Nail varnish
A fast way to transform your daytime look to night time glam is with a quick coat of nail varnish. This season, colour palettes are all about the rich and luxurious – think jewel tones of berry, forest greens and royal blues and you’ll be exuding glamour every time you catch a glimpse of your nails. If you’re super strapped for time, you can easily get this step out of the way on your morning commute.

Nail VarnishNails in Brazil: Topshop £6; Nail Paint in Green Glitter: Barry M £2.99; Max Effect in Deep Mauve: Max Factor £7.99

Tights
If you dare to bare your legs this winter then may courage be with you always. However, if you’ve bagged yourself a killer dress but you don’t want to accessorise it with potentially blue tinged legs, then there’s a whole host of tights out there to keep you warm and stylish at the same time – who knew, eh? Keep them black and sheer for understated sophistication or go all out with attention grabbing party legs. It’s Christmas after all.

TightsBlack Gold Seam tights: Topshop £8.50; Black Pearl tights: Topshop £12

Emergency repair
What’s worse than hobbling home at 4am with sore feet at the hands of your once oh-so-pretty party shoes? Teaming them with laddered tights and blistered ankles. Avoid this sad scenario the best you can with your own tool kit. Our suggestions are: gel pads for the insides of your shoes, clear nail varnish for emergency tights repair and a packet of plasters for when it all becomes too much. Trust us, we’ve been there.

Emergency-Repair MakeupClear nail varnish: Topshop £5; Mr. Bump plasters: £3.99 Shiny Shack; Party Shoes feet gels: Miss Selfridge £3.50

Dry shampoo
We don’t know how we ever lived without it. Seriously. Invest in a mini can for your handbag and use sparingly to put life back into your locks at the end of a long and dehydrating day in the office. Better yet, whip it out the next morning when the thought of leaving your pyjamas to become a civilised human being in an office is too much to bear.

Dry ShampooDry Shampoo: Batiste £1.49

Author Bio

Josie has got her office-to-party transition down to just two minutes (she’s lying). She’s also a blogger for Miinto where you can find fashion inspiration and clothing.

About the author

Leonnie has worked with the WATC team for over 5 years. Leonnie also runs her own Design company www.destinydesigns.co.uk.

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