Given the dearth of celebrations last year, most of us are hoping to make up for lost time by filling the diary with festive dinners, cocktail evenings and family reunions. Now, to decide on what to wear?
After the calamity Christmas we collectively endured last year, it’s safe to say that this year we’re not holding back.
That means sparkles, sequins, dressing up, standing out and generally embracing full-on glamour.
And with everything from Christmas parties to festive dinners and, of course, the big day itself to consider, we’ve picked out twelve standout pieces from Next to cover all sorts of social outings.
Let's not forget about New Year's Eve either.... even if you'd prefer to keep plans small-scale and home-based to see out the end of 2021, getting all dressed up for the occasion is mandatory.
Read on to pick which one you’re going to debut at the work Christmas party and which one you’re coveting for 25 December.
Putting On the GlitZ
A party knit – teamed with a silk slip skirt or jeans, heels and a great pair of earrings – can be a bit of a secret weapon when it comes to evening dressing. Look for a knit with added pizzazz: think lurex, metallic prints, embellished designs or sequins.
Sparkle Crew Neck Jumper, €34, Next – SHOP
Christmas Jumper, €41, Next – SHOP
Sparkle All The Way
Meet any kitchen disco dress code with an easy-wear dress that's been festively adorned with sequins aplenty. Wear it with knee-high boots
Brown Ombre Sequin Long Sleeve High Neck Midi Dress, €99, Next – SHOP
Black Rainbow Sequin Midi Dress, €98, Next – SHOP
Done-in-one ensembles are an off-duty fashionista’s dream. If you can’t be bothered to piece together an outfit, embrace the jumpsuit; it’s an almost effortless fashion statement.
Lurex Jumpsuit, €86, Next – SHOP
Wide Leg Sequin Jumpsuit, €90, Next – SHOP
Prints all too often get forgotten about this time of year, as sequins and velvet have their moment in the spotlight, but a pretty paisley or animal print frock is a fail-safe party option and, with the right shoes and accessories, it’ll take you right through to January.
Wrap Midi Dress, €57, Next – SHOP
Satin Tie Neck Midi Dress, €57, Next – SHOP
Make A Statement
Don’t let anything dim your light heading into 2022. Instead, radiate confidence and excitement for a fresh start with a statement top that shines bright.
Black Metallic Sequin Long Sleeve Square Neck Top, €70, Next – SHOP
Sequin Top, €55, Next – SHOP
The Less-Than-Typical LBD
It's a classic for a reason, truly transcending time and trends, so take your little black dress to another level in leather for texture or with romantic frills to turn heads as one of the most sophisticated guests in the room.
Black Faux Leather Dress, €44, Next – SHOP
Black Jacquard Frill Sleeve Midi Dress, €55, Next – SHOP