Your Christmas Party Wardrobe: Part One

Contemporary cocktail wear reimagines the classics in surprise silhouettes and with unexpected detailing. Just add glitter - some things never go out of style!

THE MODERN TUXEDO

Embrace colour and pattern, toy with texture and opt for a looser silhouette - today's modern tuxe is less stiff and more languid than the black two-pieces of old. A fluid shape simply feels fresher, less try hard, and what's more, it's completely dance-floor friendly.

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  1. Gold striped zip-front jacket, €65; high-waisted gold striped trousers, €60; both at River Island 2. Pink velvet wide- leg trousers, €54; pink velvet belted jacket, €109; both Per Una at Marks & Spencer 3. Double-breasted velvet blazer, €490; cropped velvet straight-leg trouser, €330; both Vanessa Seward at net-a-porter.com

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THE SHOWSTOPPER DRESS

Every woman should own one statement dress, even if you only wear it at this festive time of year. Take a simple, but nonetheless statement approach, with a piece that has clever detailing such as a cold shoulder. Luxury fabrics are taken to the next level with eye-catching embroidery and sequins.

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2. Sequin embellished satin mini dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim, €905 at net-a-porter.com 3. Navy and bronze jacquard dress, €474 at LK Bennett 4. Shimmer jacquard dress, €49.95 at Zara 5. Cold-shoulder floral dress, €60 at River Island

This article originally appeared in the December issue of IMAGE magazine, on shelves nationwide now.?

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