Glad rags for partying in style

CHRISTMAS party season and all its fashion opportunities, work-sanctioned bouts of alcohol consumption, and colleagues letting their hair down, is on hand. Whether all this is a cause for celebration or dread, one thing you can be sure of is that looking like a festive fashionista will only improve matters.

Even if you’re not feeling like a lady post office Christmas party, you should look like one. The style is very sassy and feminine: shapely dresses, cinched-in waists, bright colours. Ronnie Blue, a fashion consultant, says: “This Christmas party season will be all about prom dresses; evoking the 1960s; from mod to mad men. The polka dot look remains on trend and very festive – look to Stella McCartney for this. Finally, winter floral prints are a huge hit. And if you feel like really pushing the boat out: go for a 90s look, a la Versace print.”

Here’s a selection of the affordable and the, err, more ambitious.

1 Peacocks By Design Embellished Babydoll Dress, £48.00,

2 <a href=""; target="_blank">River Island</a> purple aztec print one shoulder dress, £22.00,

3 Betty Jackson Two Disco Pleat Printed Dress, £190,

4 Erdem Delal dress, £1,205.00,

5 Lela Rose Printed stretch-cotton dress, £810, ,

6 Ladies Geometric Sequin Dress,

7 McQ Tartan wool puffball mini dress,