You’ve made your list, he’s checked it twice and he really should know by now that you’re more naughty than nice. Yes, Christmas has well and truly arrived! With presents wrapped and stockings filled, it’s time to remember what Christmas is all about; the parties!
We’ve already shown you how to twist and twirl your hair into styles guaranteed to knock ‘em dead and we’ve given you tips on how to find your perfect red lippy (a festive make-up must, we think you’ll agree). Now, it’s time to tell you how to work a vintage vibe into your party look.
Perhaps it’s the glamour and glitz of the season, or maybe the sherry went to our heads, but we like to think that Christmas parties and vintage styles were made for one another. There’s no such thing as ‘too much’ when you’re planning Christmas party looks, so pile on the sequins, add another layer of netting beneath that circle skirt and add some extra height to those platform heels.
Even those who rarely rock vintage can get in on the action, with the shops full to the brim with this season’s Seventies styles. A silver sequin turtleneck will look amazing with dark denim flares, smoky eyes and messy hair on Christmas Eve, whilst lurex is no longer only acceptable in the Eighties. Channel The Great Gatsby with sequins and drop waists on New Year’s Eve or give the full skirt a go. Remember to tuck in your top half so that all eyes are kept on that itty-bitty waist! If skirts and dresses aren’t your thing, slip into a wide-legged jumpsuit and channel some serious Bianca Jagger vibes.
Many of our favourite outfits start from the shoes upwards and Christmas is the time to try something a little different. Along with the huge Seventies trend came the resurgence of platforms and we’ll be forever thankful for the return of these leg-lengthening wonders.
Vintage beauty works so well at Christmas and while we will NEVER condone the resurgence of electric blue mascara a la 1984, there are some classic looks that never fail to impress.
We aren’t ashamed to pledge our allegiance to the red lip and you can get some serious style miles from your lippy looks over the festive season. Scarlett lips and feline flicks will look gorgeous on Christmas Day, whilst we think wine lips look sexier than ever on New Year’s Eve.
When it comes to party eyes glitter is the key, but get it wrong and you risk looking more fancy dress than belle of the Christmas ball. If your go-to look is a liner flick, try adding a tiny slither of glitter liner near the lash line; it’ll catch the light when you blink but look subtle enough not to trigger any Ziggy Stardust connotations.
If you favour a smoky eye, a touch of glitter can up the ante come New Year’s Eve. Most make-up artists tend to steer away from harsh black shadow, preferring to create the perfect smoky look with bronze, bottle green, navy or grey instead. Lightly press on a touch of gold glitter shadow once the look is complete to make your eyes pop and sparkle a little as the clock strikes midnight.
Now, where did we put that champagne?