Party Season: The looks

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December; the month of frantically rushing around the shops, making sure you have the ideal presents for your nearest and dearest. The season of tinsel, champagne and all things shiny… including several new sparkling outfits to celebrate!

Suddenly the shops are adorned with sequins, glitter and all things metallic, ready for the yearly excitement leading up to the midnight stroke. So, we’ve trawled through the Christmas mayhem to bring you the top looks for slaying the dazzling party season

Make up

There are many combinations that are winning us over this year, when it comes to makeup, we just can’t get enough! This year sees the return of Hollywood Glamour, with a particular emphasis on gold and berry palettes. We are loving glossy cranberry lips, along with smokey gold eyes, all finished off with some billowing golden locks to frame the face; however, if you are going for the more ‘natural party look’, we have the ultimate solution. Disco eyelids are the new trend emerging, with a seemingly natural and minimal look for the majority of your face, apart from your lids. Find yourself a pot of glitter and gently apply to the eyelid; giving you the ultimate simplistic, yet effective party look.


No outfit is complete without the nails to go with it. Who goes to a red carpet event with chewed, unpolished nails? Noone. It’s all about rich, luxurious colours this year; whether you are looking to go for an understated navy or a gold foil wrap, make sure your nails perfectly compliment your look. Get creative with sequins, stars, and glitter, adding a little or a lot to the tips or the whole nail. If you lack a steady hand, take yourself down to your local nail salon, where they can create mini masterpieces with some mind-blowing nail art!


This season, it’s all about the cami/slip dresses. Spaghetti straps at the ready with panels of sequins to really make you stand out in the crowd. From satin, silk and velvet to glittered fabric and slinky lace. The 90’s trends are still going with full force and we are loving it! No colour is off limit this season and with the layering trend continuing through to 2017, a sheer cami underneath your dress can keep you warm, whilst staying on trend. Some of the best party dresses can be found here. Alternatively, if you are looking for something more casual, you can shop this carefully curated collection that will answer all your sparkly, yet comfortable needs.


The decision that will effect the whole of your night; to wear heels or to not? Sure, we all love the extra height, the glamour, and that slight confidence boost, but will it be the case at 11pm, when your feet are struggling to carry you into the new year? If like Carrie Bradshaw, you have mastered the art of all night heel wearing, then there are a plethora of strappy party sandals on offer here. If you are not so lucky, then thankfully the mid-heel seems to be the favourite this year, so you can dance around in a little less pain. Or, if you are looking for the next best thing to trainers, then don’t fear, the 90’s once again have saved you. The loafer reigns supreme once more! In an array of metallic hues, there is a style for everyone. Finally, if you just aren’t a heels kinda’ gal, you can mix sequins with grunge and get yourself some chunky boots to complete your look.


No outfit is complete without an array of accessories to wow the crowd. Luckily, big, statement pieces seem to be the choice this year, from embellished chokers to oversized pearls, you are spoilt for choice! We are particularly in love with these amazing balls of fun, what more could you want from a party accessory?

So, with a little over a week until the Christmas bells are ringing, you’ve got just the right amount of time to pull together the outfit of the year.

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Jamie Bell is the managing director of Illuminated Mirrors. You can find Jamie on Google+; he also occasionally updates the Illuminated Mirrors Facebook page.

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