It’s so easy to get caught up in the trap of wearing the same old clothes day in and day out. Whether you’re a busy mum that never seems to find the time to put a proper outfit together or an office worker who always needs to be conservatively turned out, party season can mean only one thing – the chance to really have fun with your wardrobe and show the world what you’re made of! Here is our guide on how to dress to impress for all the social occasions this year.

Drinks with friends

We all look forward to seeing those friends we only get chance to catch up with a few times a year, but there’s no harsher reminder that we’re not as young as we used to be. If you’ve got the type of friends who never seem to age and always look super-glamorous, make sure you look and feel great to ensure the perfect night out. The key to dressing for informal drinks with friends is to look smart and confident without feeling overdressed. Choose separates rather than dresses to give your outfit a relaxed feel, and have fun with your accessories. Soft fabrics such as silk and bias-cut designs are all flattering for those with fuller figures, and will help you relax and have fun without worrying about how you look all night.

Formal work party

formal work partyIt’s always wonderful to have chance to dress up to the nines, so make sure you make the most of it this party season. Many people fret that they can’t afford a designer outfit, but stores such as Debenhams often have fantastic deals on gorgeous dresses and more at this time of year. Now is your time to shine, so why not step out in style with a sequinned outfit, or be the centre of attention in festive greens and golds? You’ll need to make sure you choose the right dress for your shape; fuller-figured ladies can accentuate their curves with semi-fitted styles such as wrap dresses and elegant sheath dresses, while those with boyish figures look great in prom-style dresses and long, strapless numbers. Once you’ve found the perfect dress, don’t stop there – the accessories can make or break your outfit. For formal events, stick to simple, high quality pieces – diamonds always look great if you have them, but cubic zirconia and crystal make excellent budget alternatives. Add a co-ordinated handbag and a wrap to keep out the cold and you’re ready to dazzle!

Family get-together

In all the worry and stress that often comes with getting the extended family together for a celebration, it’s easy to overlook what you’re going to wear. Comfortable, low-maintenance outfits are key for these sorts of events – you want something you can throw on in the morning without much thought, but something that will still look great and like you’ve made an effort throughout the day. The secret to this look is plenty of layers – start with a smart pair of trousers or a skirt and layer your favourite jumper over a vest or top. That way you can stay warm and snug yet still stay cool in a hot kitchen or by a warm fire. Want something really fun? Novelty knitted jumpers are making a big comeback, so why not treat the whole family to some cute matching styles?

Hot date

hot dateParty season is always a chance to get out there and meet new people, and if you’re single you might well find yourself with a few hot dates on your calendar.
So how do you dress to impress on an important date? The look to go for is elegant and sophisticated without being over the top. So put away anything that’s too formal, and opt instead for a fun cocktail party style. A trusty LBD works perfectly for dinner or drinks, and comes in a variety of styles to suit all shapes and sizes. Pear-shaped women can benefit from dresses with wide hems and fitted tops, while petite figures suit short hemlines and capped sleeves.

Got a more informal date like a trip to the cinema or a winter walk? Get a really romantic look by cosying up in chunky knit layers and some warm woollen accessories – perfect for a bracing stroll. For more inspiration on what to wear on your hot date plus great deals on all the latest fashions check out