The Sunday Sun – 24.12.2006

Party affairs

Dec 24 2006

 

By Claire Briston, The Sunday Sun

Scary as it is, we’re almost at the end of the year! Like most, you’re probably gearing up for all the New Year parties. Whether it’s with work, friends or family, you want to stand out from the crowd in something stylish and special.

Rachel wears skinny jeans £45. Red Celia Birtwell flower tunic £45. Necklace £5. Black ankle strap heels £50. Bauble ring £5, Ibrahim wears skinny jeans £30. Shirt £20.Red braces £10. Red patent shoes £50; Right: Ibrahim wears tweed trousers £35. Retro patterned shirt with tie £35. Brown waistcoat £30. Cap £10. Two-tone shoes £35. Rachel wears high-waisted black shorts £28. Green, sheer, print shirt £28. Purple tights £4. Purple shoes £50.

 

 So we headed to Topshop and Topman this week to bring you the very best of party outfits for both men and women.

Happie Loves It! is the newest concession to grace Topshop’s floor recently. Their range of dresses is really upbeat and very wearable for all sizes.

Look a million dollars in the satin bandeau dress which is very reminiscent of the trademark Gucci chain pattern and don’t forget to add some glam with a splash of festive gold.

We absolutely loved the oversized apple pendant that will certainly have others eating out of your hands! Wear the shimmering pink puffball dress with some heels for the babydoll look or sport the caped jacket for a more sophisticated, theatrical feel.

Men, if you want to dress down for a family gathering, go with the oversized knit cardigan, some tweed boot cut trousers and team with trainer style winkle pickers. Smarten up your act during the party season with the autumn/winter menswear essential, the waistcoat.

Ibrahim wears wool-mix trousers £35. Chunky cardi £45. T-shirt £6. Two-tone shoes £35. Ring £4. Rosary beads £12. Rachel wears bandeau dress £59. Red tights £6. Gold clasp bangle £8. Metallic bag £20. Apple necklace £10. Navy patent shoes £50.

Whether you wear it with smart black trousers or casually with grey wool, you’re sure to look rather dapper indeed. Finish the look with one of the retro watches from Topman’s very own range and they won’t break the bank after all that Christmas spending.

Make the ultimate fashion statement with the red patent leather winkle pickers, and equally amazing skinny jeans, white shirt and braces combo.

For the women who love their designers, grab one of the remaining limited edition Celia Birtwell tunics from the Autumn/winter Topshop collaboration. Match your man with skinny jeans for a classy look, or try it out with some leggings.

Rachel wears pink puff-ball dress with contrast sash £63. Cropped, crepe jacket £55. Spotty tights £8. Pink shimmer shoes £50. White flower ring £8. Bird brooch £6. Ibrahim wears black trousers £20. Stripe shirt £30. Spotty tie £10. Waistcoat £30. Grey trilby £20.

If you have the energy left over after all the indulgence on Christmas Day, Topshop and Topman are amongst the very few stores opening their doors on Boxing Day.

Their main entrance will be via Blackett Street and opening hours are 11-4 so there’s plenty of time to get over that hangover! This way you’ve got no excuse to not get your glad rags on and start 2007 in style!

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