Dress to Impress as the Belle of the Ball

5 fashion tips to make you look effortlessly stylish at your own holiday party

Issue: Dec 2014

It's the holidays and you are going to host the party of the year at home so here are some tips that will help you look as smoking hot and delicious as your festive food
It’s the holidays and you are going to host the party of the year at home so here are some tips that will help you look as smoking hot and delicious as your festive food

You have sent out the invitation, planned the menu, decorated your home and cooked the meal. Now, it is time for the party. But are you ready to face your guests or have you forgotten about dolling up for your seasonal soiree? With these quick tips, you will not only be ready, you will be the belle of the ball.

1. Dress the Occasion

(Left) Selina Layered A-line Dress (S$429); (Right) Finn Cap-sleeve Lace-insert romper (S$419)
(Left) Selina Layered A-line Dress (S$429) would add a touch of class and set the tone for the night; (Right) Even if it is a casual get-together, there is no reason why you cannot be stylishly decked out with this Finn Cap-sleeve Lace-insert romper (S$419) that shouts casual chic
Photo credit: BCBG Max Azria

What kind of party are you hosting? A cocktail party requires a different dress code from a casual buffet. The trick is to dress for the occasion but not to overdo it so you won’t look like you are showing off.

A safe bet is to go for dark colours that won’t outshine your guests. Black is a perennial favourite because it is one of those colours that can take an outfit from sophisticated to sassy just by playing up different accessories. Classic cuts are another thing you can count on to transcend any occasion. Their eternal appeal will keep you fashionable without stealing the limelight.

2. Be Comfortable

Jumpsuits are comfortable and sophisticated for home entertaining
Jumpsuits are comfortable and sophisticated for home entertaining - (left) Beaded jumpsuit from H&M (S$119) with a beaded and sequin-embroidered neckline and elasticated waist so you can indulge and not bulge
Photo credit: H&M

You will need to work the party so expect to move around more than your guests. Keep your outfit simple with as few movable parts that may require constant adjustments. Check your outfit before the party by miming the movements you will make when you reach for things, bend to serve your guests or put on the finishing touches to your meal. This way, you will be able to work out the kinks of the outfit or pick another that is more comfortable.

(left) Wide Satin Trousers (S$39.90) (centre) Modey pants (S$275); (right) Sofie Jeweled-collar Top (S$419)
Silk and satin tops may stain but there is nothing to stop you from going luxurious with pants like this (left) Wide Satin Trousers (S$39.90) in sheer satin with an elasticated waist and pleats at the top and (centre) Modey pants (S$275); Pair slim bottoms with a little shine on top like this (right) Sofie Jeweled-collar Top (S$419) to add glitz to your hosting wardrobe
Photo credit: H&M, Ted Baker and BCBG Max Azria

Pants work well, as do classic shift dresses. Both afford effortless chic without comprising on comfort or mobility.

3. Be Practical

(Left) Juliette Drapped-side Dress (S$249); (right) V-neck Maxi Dress (S$79.90)
(Left) Get a dress that drapes well and does not have any fussy parts (left) like this Juliette Drapped-side Dress (S$249) that will let you be classy yet comfortable; (right) Nothing fussy on top but a maxi dress like this V-neck Maxi Dress (S$79.90) lets you bring a bit of formal flirty fun into your dressing without hampering your hostess duties
Photo credit: BCBG Max Azria and H&M

As part of your streamlined style as a working host, keep away from billowy sleeves and tops that will catch fire on the stove, hook onto pot handles, dip into the gravy or fall into the soup. The same goes for long strands of jewellery. Instead opt for fitted tops and dresses that skim the body but do not cling.

Don’t wear anything that stains easily unless you want your silk top to become splashed or stained while you work the kitchen. Anything that shows off sweat spots easily should be avoided as well because you will feel the heat in the kitchen.

4. Hide Flaws

(Left to right ) Studio Uneven Length Shirt (S$159), Back Tie Top with Applique (S$79.90), Printed Blouse with Godets (S$109) and Floral Print Top (S$79.90)
(Left to right ) Cover up the extra pounds without looking frumpy with (left) these - Studio Uneven Length Shirt (S$159), Back Tie Top with Applique (S$79.90), Printed Blouse with Godets (S$109) and Floral Print Top (S$79.90)
Photo credit: ZARA

As the host, all eyes will be on you. If you have piled on the pounds since your friends and family last saw you, don’t hide behind baggy clothes. It is a myth that loose-fitting outfits cover up flaws. They actually make you look frumpy. Go instead for tunic-length tops that elongate the silhouette in darker colours or fun prints.

5. Pay Attention to Details

(Left to right) Cubic Zirconia Earrings (S$39), Cubic Zirconia Necklace (S$49), Crystal Brooch (S$99) and Crystal Earrings (S$59)
(Left to right) Go shiny and sparkly with accessories that will spice up your holiday hosting outfit - Cubic Zirconia Earrings (S$39), Cubic Zirconia Necklace (S$49), Crystal Brooch (S$99) and Crystal Earrings (S$59)
Photo credit: Chomel

You have kept things simple so far. So, glam it up with some bling. Sparkly earrings, a statement necklace, even glittery hair-pins that keep your hair nicely in place – just make sure they do not clutter your look or weigh you down.

Keep it simple, get comfortable, let the details shine for you and you have a recipe for a successful outfit so you can dress to impress as the belle of the ball. Enjoy.

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Comments
User Mariana
188.143.232.X | 2016-02-14 13:56:37
kixystixJanuary 23, 2011 We stayed there a few mtonhs ago, while it was nice and clean and in an ok location, beware of tiny sized rooms! There's nowhere to store your luggage in the room except under the desk. The bathroom consisted of a toilet and basin, with a shower nozel next to the toilet, my other half had problems remembering to remove the toilet paper from the bathroom before showering.. everything got soaked. Tiny rooms, aircon that was too cold and didn't seem to have a temp control, breakfast was included but not worth the effort and then the staff.. as unhelpful as anything. Even at the tour desk, asked how to get to the zoo take a cab . Ugh. Anyway, long answer, sorry, in a nutshell, if you have to stay here it's ok, if not, try and find somewhere else.
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