Office Party Dress Guide*

Look 1: Dress - Tibi  Heels - Rupert Sanderson for Antonio Berardi  Bag - ZAC Zac Posen  Earrings - Noir Jewellery  Ring - Monica Vinader - All from The Outnet
Look 2: Dress - Stella McCartney  Bag - Lanvin  Shoes - Saint Laurent  Earrings - Kevia - All from The Outnet
Look 3: Dress - Proenza Schouler  Heels - Sergio Rossi  Bag - Michael Kors  Necklace - Lulu Frost - All from The Outnet

It's that time of year again; frantically searching for THAT office Christmas party dress. The dress that's going to give you that Cheryl walking out on the X Factor Final feeling. A dress that may be the talk of the Christmas party, in the best way possible. 

It's not easy to find the right dress, or a dress at all! If you are like me, finding a dress for a big occasion is a mission in itself. You don't want to resort to good old Topshop, in the dismay of having a girls worst nightmare and turning up to be greeted by another girl in the same dress. This is where somewhere like The Outnet comes to the rescue. If you weren't already sold on designer at a discount, then all you need to do is scroll through the endless supply of dresses, shoes, bags, jewellery, and you will be hooked. 

I have put together a couple of different Christmas party outfits from some of my favourite items on The Outnet at the moment. I hope you like what I've put together!


Rock and Culotte

 Leather Jacket - Wallis*  Top - Zara  Culottes - In Love With Fashion* Bag - Zara  Boots - Zara  Sunglasses - Westward Leaning

Culottes are a tricky one. I feel they are one of those man repeller items of clothing that are a bit too "fashion" for some people, and warrant a few strange stares from the less fashion forward. 'What's with the Flares' 'Where are the rest of your pants' etc. However, when they are silky, floaty and a pretty blue/grey colour, I feel they are much more girl friendly. 

These gorgeous pants from In Love With Fashion are like a perfect plazzo pant/skirt hybrid. They're so flattering on and for once, being tall and all that, I think I have found the perfect pant style for me. These beauties come in a lovely burnt orange colour too, which are perfect for Autumn!

I wanted to de-girlify the floaty pants with some black leather; it never seems to fail me! This biker jacket from Wallis is perfect for throwing over girly dresses or layering up with chunky knits and shirts for winter. I particularly love the quilted shoulder sections and silver detailing; it's just an ideal winter biker. You may have the opinion, like I once did, that Wallis is a brand mostly associated with the older woman, but I can tell you now that you are wrong. If you haven't checked out their current campaign, especially their stunning and on trend W Collection (swooning over that nude belted coat as we speak), then you need to check them out right now. 

And what better way to show the fab-ness of their current season, than a giveawayI have teamed up with Wallis to offer one lucky follower a coat of their choice from Wallis' stunning selection of winter warmers. 

All you have to do is:

Good luck!


Paisley Prints

Dress - In Love With Fashion* Scarf - ASOS  Hat - ASOS  Boots - Zara  Bag - Zara  Sunglasses - Westward Leaning  

I cannot believe I haven't blogged about this scarf yet. THE scarf of AW14, it may seem. If you haven't seen this draped around the neck of a blogger yet, you may have been living under a internet-less rock for the last few months. I bought this scarf a few months back and I was instantly drew to it as it kind of reminded me of a Charlotte Simmone. And whilst my bank balance definitely can't afford one of those beauties yet, I decided this was the perfect alternative. The matching ASOS bag is on the shopping list too.

As soon as I received this beautiful dress from In Love With Fashion, I pictured it with this scarf. I wanted to add a bit of edginess to the folky print of this dress and I think the scarf did just that. Plus, the colours matched perfectly. This dress is one of THE most flattering dresses I have ever worn, and considering it's not usually the kind of thing I go for, I have fallen in love. No pun intended. Plus, if you go to their website here you can find a nice little £10 off voucher that pops up!

I kept the rest of the outfit simple with some black leather accessories, to make this outfit a little less girly. My trusty Zara croc leather bag never fails me. You can buy this bag in a cute mini version from Zara right now, which I would definitely recommend getting. Who needs practical bags these days anyway?


Little Red

Jumpsuit - AX Paris*  Jacket - Zara  Shoes - Linzi*  Necklace - Missguided  Bag - Zara 

Jumpsuits, who says they are just for night time? They may not always be the most practical of clothing, but they do look chic. Whether they're long sleeved or strapless, paired with the right items they can be perfect for that day-to-night look. 

This gorgeous red suit from AX Paris is such a perfect item for the coming christmas season, what with that cherry red colour and on trend V style bandeau. I don't usually feel majorly comfortable in strapless items, especially in the day time, so what better to throw on a cape to make it a little more daytime friendly. Capes have come back big this season, and this Zara beauty may be over a year old but it's still so on point. I decided to carry on the festive feel with some doubled up red, and I think this cape coat is the perfect smart/casual way to add a bit of warmth to this outfit without swamping the lovely playsuit. 

I decided to pair it with these amazing fluffy black and gold heels from Linzi. Not only are they fluffy, and I love anything furry/feathery/fluffy, but the heel height is so perfect. And they are comfy, which is always a bonus. 


Princess Skirt

Jumper - Zara  Skirt - H&M Trend  Bag - Topshop  Boots - Zara  Sunglasses - Westward Leaning

Usually, if you think of H&M, you think of cheap, casual basics. That's what I mainly used to think of the brand. However, in case any of you aren't aware of the different concepts that the H&M brand have, then you may well be missing out on one of my favourite fashion gems. 

You will find many different sections if you go to a larger H&M store, and one of my favourites is the 'H&M Trend' label. You may have heard me mention it in previous posts, but it actually seems to be a some what hidden gem that many people don't know about. The H&M Trend section features higher quality, more 'high fashion' and uniquely designed items that wouldn't look out of place on the high end catwalks. And my favourite thing about the brand, is you can happily go out wearing the items and not have to worry about bumping into 5 other girls wearing the same dress as you. 

I picked up this lantern style skirt when I was in H&M in the Trafford Centre a few weeks back now, and I fell in love instantly. The structured style and the abstract paint print drew me instantly and the beautiful, stiff material definitely looked more expensive than H&M. I feel rather princess like in this poofy skirt. And I love it! 


Teal Time

Jacket - Primark  Shirt - Zara  Pants - Zara  Shoes - Zara  Bag - Mulberry

Bottle green is fast becoming one of my favourite colours this Autumn, and I have known for a while that I wanted a green/teal colour fur. I had my eye on a beautiful one from Fashion Union but could never spot it online! So when I saw this beauty in Primark for £25, I could not resist. Its perfect; nice and soft, a great colour and a great length. And for that price, I would definitely buy this in other colours too, I am hoping there is a burgundy one I can find somewhere!

Keeping to the bottle green theme, I decided to match my fur with this gorgeous Zara polka dot green shirt. This is a wardrobe favourite of mine at the moment and there's a cute little cut out at the back of the shirt which makes it a little different. I have my eye on the matching shorts from Zara too! A cute little DIY playsuit I have in mind. With this wintery outfit, I decided to bring out my Mulberry Bayswater bag which I got a few years ago now. I thought it was the ideal colour to compliment the green and silvery greys in my outfit, and it had been a bit neglected at the back of my wardrobe for a few months so I decided it needed an outing. 

I don't think I am the only one to have said this, but these beautiful Zara silver goddess shoes are the most painful things I have ever come across. And yes, they are worse than the breaking in of my Dune leopard print beauties. I'm not sure if it's just me and I have odd shaped feet, but Zara seem to make the most painful shoes. Painfully beautiful shoes. Alas, us girls will suffer anything to look good. And if that means walking with a slight limp, so be it...