Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell at a private party in 1992. GETTY IMAGES

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Hey besties! It’s Christmas again, so you know what that means! The annual girls’ long lunch! This year will be amazing (as usual!) so bring your style A-game! Can’t wait to jingle into the early hours with you all! xx

It’s the time of year when champagne at breakfast is totally fine, when the office slows to a turtle pace and you engage in a little too much retail therapy (for yourself). It’s Christmas! And whether it’s the office bash, the girls’ lunch or an annual couples dinner, it’s this long list of upcoming parties that means needing (and wanting) a few cute new looks for the season.

We’ve narrowed down some of the most chic styles of the summer then edited a collection of absolute head-turning pieces for you to choose from. Be sure to read the notes on styling, too, as this can really be the icing on the Christmas cake. And if you’re not into the frock-athon, then there’s a chic non-dress category for you too.

Time to dress up and kick back, kids, it’s been a long year…

*NOTE lots of these pieces are currently on Cyber Weekend sale too, so you’ll be hit with major savings if you click through today (Sunday 25th November), the prices listed below don’t take these savings in to account*

 

NEW FEMME   Pretty, feminine, elegant and with more than a dash of sharp wit, this is the La Dolce Vita look. Based in florals and frills, these dresses are back in style more than ever. Perfect the look with Roman-inspired gold earrings, kitten heels, slicked hair and a red lip.

Réalisation Par ‘The Juliet’ dress, $225, SHOP NOW
Zimmermann ‘corsage plisse’ mini dress, $695, SHOP NOW
Faithful the Brand ‘Linnea’ dress, $169, SHOP NOW
Sir The Label ‘Mathilde’ wrap dress, $340, SHOP NOW
Minkpink white bloom wrap dress, $56, SHOP NOW
Alice McCall ‘The Talk’ dress, $450, SHOP NOW

 

MOD MODe   Trés chic, the minimalists among us will skip straight to this section. Think high necks, structured lines and a monochrome base. Simple but verrry fashion. Keep accessories modern and sculptural, shoes can be anything from toughened leather gladiators to metallic mules to trainers.

Shona Joy ‘Gaia’ fitted midi dress, $495, SHOP NOW
Totême ‘Avola’ crepe dress, $380, from My Chameleon, SHOP NOW
Nice Martin ‘Ryan’ dress, $229.95, SHOP NOW
Ellery ‘Kilkenny’ frill sleeve mini, $750, SHOP NOW
Zara sequinned velvet dress, $99, SHOP NOW

 

THAT RESORT LYF  Why not live everyday like your strolling the foyer of the Four Seasons in Maui? That beachside life is the best life and shouldn’t just be saved for that once in a blue moon splurge. Linen everything, rattan sandals, those shell necklaces and even wicker sun hats are welcome in this dreamy existance. Watch people gravitate to you…

Suboo pink palm sundress, $289, SHOP NOW
Maurie & Eve ‘Casbah’ dress, $219, SHOP NOW
Zara lace dress with fringing, $69.95, SHOP NOW
Matteau tiered liberty sundress, $520, from My Chameleon, SHOP NOW
Sir the label ‘Aurelie’ open back dress, $280, SHOP NOW
Suboo pink check maxi dress, $203, SHOP NOW

 

FANCY-FREE   The party frock we all want to be. So cute, so fun, so many “where did you get that dress” comments flying. We all know we have a better time when we love our look so don’t be afraid to try something with a little extra. The dress is the hero here, so tread lightly with accessories. Pair with your favourite heels and simple clutch.

Alice McCall ‘Don’t Be Shy’ dress, $590, SHOP NOW
Bec & Bridge ‘Coco Cabana’ bubble dress, $240, SHOP NOW
Shona Joy ‘Oro’ wrap dress, $295, SHOP NOW
Attico floral print satin wrap dress, $1171, from Net-a-porter, SHOP NOW
Bec & Bridge ‘Hibiscus’ golden dress, $600, SHOP NOW
Finders Keepers ‘Barcelona’ dress, $199.95, SHOP NOW

 

MORE WILD THAN MILD   Animal print is definitely back in big business right now and done well is super-chic. The key is to choose a single piece and then work around it (not wear, say ten different animal print pieces together). A shift dress worn with mules or a maxi done with earthy accessories both work just as well.

Zara animal print dress, $99, SHOP NOW
Spell & The Gypsy Collective ‘wild thing’ dress, $249, SHOP NOW
Bec & Bridge ‘she’s a maniac’ dress, $260, SHOP NOW
Auguste ‘Safari’ poolside midi dress, $185, SHOP NOW

 

ELECTRIC ECLECTIC  Texture! Colour! Accessories! Oh yes! Lots of everything can be amazing if done well. Once again, start with your key piece, say a velvet dress, then slowly add. Pair with heels, some vintage earrings, a silver lamé mini-bag and a silk, blue-toned neck tie. And voilà! One very sophisticated, very cool (and very Instagram-able) look.

Zara sequin dress, $159, SHOP NOW
Reformation ‘Tiffany’ dress, $278, SHOP NOW
Sir The Label ‘Florentine’ mini dress, $380, SHOP NOW

 

PRETTY WOMAN   The little black dress is, quite fittingly, the Julia Roberts of dresses. Classic, timeless, beautiful and seemingly ageless. You can’t go wrong with a black shift, a column style or a structured piece. You’ll wear them over and over and always feel elegant. We’re going back to its 90s stomping ground, this season. Wear with strappy, low heels and sleek hair.

Bec & Bridge ‘Bonita’ dress, $300, SHOP NOW
Paris Georgia ‘Phoebe’ slip, $433, SHOP NOW
Staud ‘Rio’ shell-embellished dress, $303, SHOP NOW

 

But I Don’t want to wear a dress   This is your year if you’re meh about dresses. I can’t stop screaming about the amazingness of wide-leg trousers! Not to mention cute two-pieces and chic blazer looks! There is no need to frock up if you don’t want to. This section really needs its own story…watch this space…

Bec & Bridge ‘Claudia’ pant, $320, and top, $150, SHOP NOW
Shona Joy ‘Gaia’ linen top, $160, and Bermuda shorts, $260, SHOP NOW
Sir the label ‘Aya’ skirt, $240, and tank, $240, SHOP NOW
Nice Martin ‘Elen’ blazer, $239.95, SHOP NOW

thoughts?