Non-Sparkle Party Wear


Far be it for me to come across all bah humbag at this time of year but given the deluge of horrifyingly cheap lace tat and sparkle that is about to descend on a high street near you, I’m having to take pen to paper or finger to keyboard to debate what one should be wearing round about now as those stiffys pile through the door.

The truly stylish — mostly French — camp will bang on about normcore (think grey sweatshirts . . .) and how we shouldn’t be trying too hard. Call me old-fashioned but is it really a party if everyone turns up in jeans?

True, the most stylish dressers will not be channeling their inner Tinkerbell. They aim to look glamorous in a polished – but not too polished – way. They do not try to look sparkly. Ever. Because a true style maven would hate anyone to think that she has spent many, many hours trying to get her outfit right.

A quick glance at the recent Fashion Awards and you’ll know that glimpses of bare skin, sweaters worn over skirts, bare backs and off the shoulder tops and, mostly covered-up evening attire is very much where it’s at this Christmas. And if there’s one thing that will instantly update your outfit (or at least make someone smile), it’s the really silly bag worn ironically; even if their price tags don’t come with much of a sense of humour. Read More…