Christmas Partywear....the easy way

Style Theory: I have an admission, I suffer from #FOBO (Fear Of Being Overdressed) I am always happier a little dressed down, I love a party outfit but I like to add a casual edge to balance out my look, think sequin trousers and trainers, glittery tops and jeans. I am uncomfortable with the all singing, all dancing party look, I adore it on other people but on me it feels a little feel too much. 

So when La Redoute asked me to create a few party looks, I was initially slightly worried but when I looked at their gorgeous range online and added my own spin, I was delighted with the results. Comfortable, flattering and suitable for a party..here are my La Redoute Party looks and the good news is most of it is up to 50% off at La Redoute now...

The Velvet Jacket


Jeans - Gap (old season)
The sparkly, fine knit top is incredibly flattering, it adds Christmas sparkle and a touch of style with the open back detail. So soft and comfortable to wear, I wore my normal bra underneath but you may need to wear a backless bra/mulitway bra. The knit is an amazing price at £21, I chose the silver coloured black top but both colours are stunning...

The Velvet jacket is my hero partywear item, absolutely adore this item, it is so on trend this year but also such a classic piece. It fits beautifully, I ordered the size 10 and it fits perfectly, the velvet feels luxurious alongside the gold button details for a chic finish. Again a really affordable price from £38.

The Leather Dress


Shoes - Nine West (old Season) similar here 
Scarf - Burberry (nearly vintage it is so old!)


This camel coat is a beautiful wool and cashmere mix, it looks and feels so expensive and hangs beautifully on. A classic shape so worth investing and looks effortlessly chic. Without a doubt the best affordable camel coat I have found this year, I will be investing in it. It comes up a little big, I am wearing a uk 8.

To add a little spice to your look, this 'soft as butter' leather dress the ultimate LBD, it fits like a glove creating a flattering silhouette, it really is beautiful on and the length is perfection, hugs your curves but skims over lumps. The coat is the perfect neutraliser to the leather dress, add a pair of leopard print heels and a little black understated bag for a easy, chic look.

The Easy Wear Dress



Leather Trousers - Quattro Rish 
Coat - M&S (old season)
Shoes - M&S as above

This dress is so easy to wear, throw over jeans, leather leggings or opaque tights, add a pair of black courts to lengthen legs (especially when wearing black opaques) and add a touch of clashing pink and you have a comfortable, cool, flattering Christmas party look. This is the perfect outfit if you, like me, are a little out of shape and have been dodging the gym and indulging in mince pies, it covers over everything and I love the extra support of leather leggings to hold it all in and slim down my look and it is only £21.

Velvet, Glitter, Tutus and Trainers




So not necessarily understated but how often do you get to wear a tutu?! I adore the La Redoute velvet jacket and sparkly top with this look and the trainers bring it back down to earth. All in all a pretty comfortable but quite show stopping look and one of my favourites.

La Redoute have an amazing sale on at the moment so many of the pieces I have featured are heavily discounted making them the perfect Christmas party treat. 

Do you have #FOBO , or do you like going all out for the partywear? I would love to see your #FOBO Christmas looks on Instagram, please share them with me with the hashtag #FOBO. 

All photos by Jon Bacon

Created in collaboration with La Redoute. All words, styling and creative direction my own.

16 comments:

  1. Oh I love a little velvet blazer and I have one which is donkey's years old but it still comes out and when it's needed. And I do have what you say a #FOBO which is why I went for a sweatshirt and skirt combination for my annual mum's Christmas do. I wanted to feel a little like me and not too primped. Your first look and the easy wear dress are both looks I'd be happy in! Fab post and I need to take a look at La Redoute - I don't have a blue velvet jacket after all, only a black one! ;o)

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    1. Loved your sweatshirt and skirt combo Sue it looked fabulous, and yep, I am kind of smitten with the blue velvet jacket! xx

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  2. Love the velvet jacket not to mention that tulle skirt Frances - just stunning. La Redoute have some fabulous pieces don't they.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Thanks Jane, Yes La Redoute do have some fab pieces and so affordable, I am now a huge fan! xx

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  3. Oh my Frances....you are totally rockin' all of these looks, just stunning! The leather dress and camel coat look awesome the way you have accessorised them. I adore the velvet jacket and the tutu, just that little bit more edgy. I have to say the most useful for me would be the easy wear dress, that's a fab shape and I can't get enough of that colour at the moment! It's definitely high time that I checked out what La Redoute has to offer! xx

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle, yes the plum dress is such a good item and pretty reasonable too xx

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  4. OMG you look gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I dip in and out of La Redoute and each time I do, I ask myself why I don't buy from them more often as they have some lovely stuff x

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    1. Thanks Donna, it is all down to the photography and clothes, definitely not me! Me too they have some fab pieces! xx

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  5. Fab styling honey! Although I am loving the Carrie Sex in the city last look, I am loving the leather dress, camel coat and leopards shoes outfit, gorgeous. La Redoute is something I need to look at more ..... x

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    1. Thanks so much Annmarie, the leather dress is so comfortable, a real soft leather so easy to wear xx

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  6. I agree about the velvet blazer, so useful! I have a black one, but like Sue I don't have a blue one - gorgeous colour. I definitely have FOBO and feel much more comfortable dressed casually, some lovely ideas here.

    Love the dress with the pink coat, really lovely colours together.

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    1. Thanks so much yes for me it is all about dressing down dressing up! the blue velvet jacket is fab, loving the idea of a black velvet jacket too! xx

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  7. Frances - you look amazing in all those photos! That sparkle top is an absolute steel. The camel coat is fabulous, a timeless piece x

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    1. Thanks so much Natalie, yes the sparkle top is fab on and the price is amazing!! I must admit I am a little smitten with the camel coat, it is gorgeous! xx

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  8. You look absolutely amazing in every look Frances!! I LOVE how you have styled the pieces, the leather dress and the velvet blazer are both stunning pieces.
    xx

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    1. Thanks so much Luisa, it was a pleasure to style the pieces because they are so good on, yep I love the velvet blazer too! xx

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