What to wear to Christmas parties

21:16, Nov 27 2012
What to wear: Christmas parties
The office party: Izabel London Dress, $69.95 from Farmers; Dune shoes, $180 from Asos; Diane Von Furstenberg clutch, $490 from Runway Shoes; Xcesri fascinator hair attachment, $24.95.
What to wear: Christmas parties
The afternoon barbecue bash: Witchery dress, $110; Zabbana earrings, $179.90 from Fourfontaine; shoes from The Warehouse, $33; Stella McCartney clutch, $990.
What to wear: Christmas parties
Family party: Max dress, $99; Kathryn Wilson shoes, $369; bag from Boohoo.co.nz, $75.
What to wear: Christmas parties
Girls' night out: Forever New top, $120; Sass & Bide jeans, $400; Asos shoes, $95 and clutch, $70 from Boohoo.co.nz.
What to wear: Christmas parties
The partner's office party: Louella dress, $119 from Farmers; Siren shoes, $49.99 from Wild Pair; Karen Walker bracelet, $79; Mi Piaci bag, $270.
What to wear: Christmas parties
The VIP event: Dress, $100 from Topshop; shoes, $69.90 from Wild Pair; Equip earrings, $29.99; clutch, $59.99 from Forever New.

Stressing over what to wear to your many Christmas events? Avoid the dramas with our silly season wardrobe guide. 

THE OFFICE PARTY: After spending the entire year in dull work outfits, now is not the time to shock your boss. Go for an outfit that dances between demure and daring. This body con dress says party but the peplum and high neck lace panel will stop Gary from marketing getting too much of an eyeful. Simple black heels are classic without being boring, while you can bring out the fun with a bold clutch and the addition of a great fascinator.

THE AFTERNOON BARBECUE BASH: While it's still a party, a feast of steak and tomato sauce isn't really the place for over-embellished cocktail gowns - unless the invite states otherwise. This longline singlet maxi has a slim silhouette so you don't look like a pregnant whale and the wedges add height without the problems of spiked stilettos on spongy grass. Accessorise with a great pair of earrings and a fabulous clutch, and let your hair down.

THE FAMILY PARTY: You'd think it would be easy dressing for a family event, but it's often the hardest. You want to look good, but not good enough that uncle Murray pinches your bottom during Christmas carols. A simple black wrap dress will look elegant and these Kathryn Wilson shoes give you height without shocking your aunties. Don't forget a roomy bag to cart your pressies home in afterwards.

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT: This is the chance to cut loose and out-dress your buddies with fabulous and frivolous pieces.  Take embellishment to the max with this heavily sequinned top from Forever New and a wild pair of metallic heels from Asos. 

THE PARTNER'S OFFICE DO: With its sweet cowl neck and clever ruching this Louella dress is a great compromise between safe and sexy. Play the sweet and supportive girlfriend card with a touch of balletic pink and use your accessories to express your personality.

THE VIP EVENT: If you've been lucky enough to score an invite to a VIP occasion, take the modern approach to red carpet dressing and choose a simple stretch T-shirt gown with minimalist footwear and bold neon accessories.