The trouble with Christmas party season (aside from drunk bosses, disappointing Secret Santa presents and anything involving an Iceland canapé buffet) is that it happens in winter. Standing in queues, trekking between bars, trying to capture the perfect ‘hey, I’m casually ice skating!’ selfie – all have the potential to leave us frostier than the proverbial snowman, and yet STILL thermal long johns still haven’t found their way onto any partywear must-buy lists.
Until that cosy day comes, the best we can do is kit ourselves out in the season’s best velvet frocks, insulating jumpsuits, glitzy cover-ups, and, that rare and beautiful unicorn of the high street, dresses with sleeves. Layer up and enjoy.
1. Best for illusionists: Velvet mesh sleeve heart dress, Motel
Mesh is fashion’s gift to chilly limbs, allowing you to look practically bare while actually providing a surprising amount of warmth. This bodycon number by Motel is also made from velvet, which happens to be both 2014’s favourite fabric and the closest you’re going to get to fleece while remaining party-appropriate.
Bodycon dress, £22, Motel