60-second party dressing: the best festive accessories

60 second party dressing
Holly Swayne,-Digital Editor

Less hours getting ready = more time to party. These transformative accessories are all you need

So many guides to Christmas party dressing assume you have hours to primp and prep, encouraging carefully ironed outfits, elaborate make-up tutorials and hours spent tonging your hair to ‘undone’ perfection. But while this might be the case for a big event, the reality of a hectic festive schedule means you’re lucky if you get time to daub on some lipstick, let alone change your entire outfit.

That’s why we’re keeping it simple with a few little styling tricks that take your everyday look and make it party-ready in one minute flat. Whether you’re going straight out from the office, or party hopping from day to night, these festive accessories will do all the hard work for you, with equally glamorous results. 

party boots

Add… a party boot

Heels are the obvious party choice, but they may not feel so fabulous after the third hour on the dancefloor. Our solution? Invest in a party boot. Metallics, sequins or glitter bring festive spirit to any outfit and the more practical silhouette can easily transition from day to night.

hot pink lip

Add… a pink lip

Pink lips are the new red lips. A fresh take on the more traditional festive red, a statement hot pink or deep fuchsia will make a simple LBD or tailored shirt feel modern and celebratory. We particularly love MAC’s matte pink hue for its impressive staying power.

belted sweater

Add… a belt to your sweater

If you’ve been living in knitwear all winter there’s no need to stop when the party invites roll in. A statement belt will take a jumper from cosy to chic. Whether you go for festive gold or a flash of animal print, use it to cinch in your waist for a party-approved silhouette.

glitter eye

Add… a glitter eye

Eyeshadow palettes provide real creative license, but everyone knows you need time on your side to create the perfect smoky eye. Instead, try a one-shade glitter: these easy eyeshadows are having a moment – just dip in your finger, dab over the eyelid and you’re ready to go. Gold and silver can veer towards tacky, so opt for more refined purples and blues.

hair ribbon

Add… a hair ribbon

It’s the one time of year when playing dress-up becomes perfectly acceptable. Embrace it! A tied ribbon in your ponytail or intertwined through a plait feels elegantly festive, without the need for head-to-toe sequins and velvet. Plus, you’ll be ready in seconds. 

Images: Getty Images

Related Articles

Erica Davies in a rollneck and flowing dress
Erica Davies on how to layer like a pro
Read more
How to wear trousers to a party
Party pants: how to wear trousers this festive season
Read more
Beret hat trend
Why you should swap your beanie for a beret
Read more
More stories