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Holiday Styles Fashion Review

by Rivkie Baum of SLiNK Magazine

Starting now and through New Year’s, my schedule is pretty packed with social engagements. From the British Plus Size Awards, to judging Ms. Curvaceous UK, to holiday parties and end of year celebrations, I am hopeful to survive and still be standing!  Not that I am complaining when work is replaced with soirees, but having the right party looks is the name of the game.  And while I love dressing up as much as the next women, there is definitely a bit of added pressure that comes with all this frivolity.

Last year a survey of two thousand women found that three quarters were cancelling holiday party plans due to poor body image and not having a suitable outfit.  As sad as this is, it’s a feeling a lot of us can relate too.  This is very much a time where we feel ‘on display’. As you mingle your way through a heady mix of family, friends and work colleagues, having looks you feel comfortable in and that are suitable for the occasion is the golden ticket of holiday party success.

A decade ago it was all about the ultimate ‘Little Black Dress’.  Sold as the answer to every wardrobe crisis, the LBD was ‘flattering’, ‘slimming’ and of course allowed you to ‘disappear into the shadows’.  But ladies, that isn’t what fashion (and especially not holiday fashion) is about. Those are the rules of the past but they were definitely made to be broken.

A new era of body confident and plus size women in the social media spotlight means that inspiration for fabulous dressing is never far from reach.  Whatever your body type, this season is about celebrating with friends and loved ones and quite frankly trying to be as glittery as possible.  It is important that you wear the outfit, not the other way round -- and of course the most important thing you need to put on before leaving your home is confidence.  Holiday fashion is about having a good time and feeling festive. Everyone is out to have a good time so relax and be playful with your wardrobe choices.

The likes of Balenciaga, Dolce Gabbana, Dior, Valentino and Gucci all sent sequined silhouettes down the runway for Fall/Holiday 2016, ushering in a more fun and flashy execution of party wear this season.

Want to recreate these looks in plus size? Well, luckily Society+ is right on trend with a host of plus size sequin pieces.  And like the runway collections, rose gold, silver and navy blue sequins (a perfect alternative to black) are the name of the game -- with a choice of three silhouettes, there is an option for every occasion.

 

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This fun and flirty knee length sequin skirt with gathered ‘paper bag’ style waist is perfect for the office holiday party. The elastic waist means it is super comfortable to wear, and a party-perfect, sequin skirt means you can keep your top-half clean and simple.  I’d team it with a Society+ ‘Sleeveless Bow Blouse’ in black or tuck in the ‘Love for Peplum’ top in black, so you get that lovely lacey detailing at the neckline, creating a dress like appearance.  Warning – you will feel so comfortable you may be the last one to leave the dance floor at the end of the night.

 

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Headed to a ritzy gala?  Or got a New Year’s Eve party on your planner?  Then you need this maxi skirt for sure.  Named ‘the show stopper’ for a very good reason, this will undoubtedly turn heads when you walk into a room – for all the right reasons. Available in this season’s key shades (navy, rose gold or silver) this is THE plus-size skirt the industry has been waiting for.  Again the cut is key here, highlighting your waist then gracefully falling to the floor. This is the holiday version of the maxi tutu – meaning there’s a 100% chance you’ll feel magical and princess like in it.  This much sparkle means you can once again keep your top-half pretty neutral and simple.  Opt for the ‘Iyla Rose Chiffon’ top in black or dusty pink and add a statement necklace to pull the look together. If you want some arm coverage (depending on where you call home, it can be a pretty cold time of year), a simple jersey or sheer shrug will give you the coverage you want without ruining the line of the look.

 

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These are possibly the coolest sequin trousers I have ever seen and are a great party alternative for those who find skirts uncomfortable or have a more androgynous aesthetic. These sequin beauties screams ‘rock chick’ to me and can (and should!) be styled accordingly.  Unlike the two sequin skirts, these trousers can be worn with a top tucked in or a longer line top, worn out, over the top. This look is perfect for teaming with an on-trend tux style jacket too.  When it comes to jewelry, channel a bit of Saint Laurent with oversized earrings and cocktail rings, a strong smoky eye and a bold red lip.

Shop Society+ Plus Size Sequin Collection 
Designed by Jessica Kane for Sizes 14-32



 

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