I can't lie that I wasn't tempted by the latest party wear in the shops - I had my moments coveting pretty lace dresses, strappy tops, charity shop dresses and even a fab Bowie t-shirt - but I stuck to my minimalist ideals in the end.
What made getting dressed for my party night so easy this year was that there was no panic buying and doubts about whether the outfit would work. I'm a skinny jean Queen and replacing my usual flats with a modest heel is enough to make me feel glammed up. These new black jeans were one of the few new clothes purchases that I made this year after I identified them as a wardrobe gap last year. I wear them a lot less than my skinny blue jeans but they are perfect for smartening up an outfit. Both my sequin top and jeans cost more per item than many cheap dresses I've bought in the past but I know they are better value as they will work hard in my wardrobe for quite a few years to come.
So, what are this year's Christmas party wardrobe lessons?
- Plan your outfit as much in advance as you can.
- Don't worry about wearing a garment that you wore a year ago.
- Last year's outfit can be refreshed with different accessories (which can be borrowed).
- If wearing a trusted outfit makes you feel good don't hesitate to wear it again.
- Wear what suits you and what makes you feel 'you'.
- A new mascara, lip gloss and haircut can help update your look.
- By all means look at new party wear in the shops - it's good to keep up to date with fashion - but always question how many wears you'll get from a new purchase and if you really want to look the same as other party goers.
- Buying a new outfit earlier in the year will ease the stress of deciding what to wear. Christmas is stressful enough as it is.
I'm happy with this year's party outfit and the fact that it came from my existing wardrobe. My wardrobe discipline is beginning to pay off and I think I enjoy my clothes more now I that I have a smaller collection. Anyway, who wants a wardrobe full of party dresses which may never be worn again?