It’s that time of year again.

The invites will come rolling in for festive work dos and course Christmas parties and obviously you want to dress to impress. But what do you wear? And how do you do it on a student budget?

Every year our favourite shops put the classic Christmas party attire out on the rails but what should you go for?

The Little Black Dress

Everywhere has a little black dress range. A simple dress with a pair of heels and the right accessories can make you the classiest of them all. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes less is more.

Velvet Dream

Velvet has always been a party season classic but it has undoubtedly taken its place in fashion this year. Again, black is a favourite but if you fancy bringing a bit of colour into your life then the jewel tones are definitely for you. Deep reds, purples, blues and greens are the colours of Christmas.

Add a bit of sparkle

A few sequins and a bit of glitter are bound to make you look the part. But remember a ‘bit’ is the key word here. You don’t want to look the part too much and be mistaken for a Christmas tree. The key is to balance out the sparkle with something simple.

If you’re wearing a top embellished with sequins, wear black bottoms. If it’s a sparkly dress, wear a black blazer. Just don’t overdo it, and you will be turning heads for all the right reasons.

The question is how do you do this on a student budget?

If you plan well ahead, I’m thinking January sales, then you can buy your Christmas party outfit for the year after. Most of the pieces mentioned are timeless and will always be ideal for Christmas Parties year in, year out. Grab them whilst they’re cheap and put them away for next year. Just don’t eat too many mince pies and you’ll be fine!

If you’re not that organised there’s always Black Friday. Alternatively, stay away from mainstream retail and venture into the second hand world. You will be surprised what you find for such reasonable prices, a lot of the time you can stumble across brand new clothes in charity shops and thrift stores.

My final tip would be to do the old switcheroo. If you have a friend or house mate who has a similar style to you and is the same size as you, then switch last year’s party dresses with each other – easy!

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