On a cold morning last week, I got into my car, flicked on the radio and pulled away to the tune of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You. To say that I was elated to find that the Heart Extra Xmas station was back on air is an understatement. My mood was immediately elevated and I couldn’t help but think about all of those parties and get togethers I’ll be attending with my friends over the coming weeks. I’ve been excitedly planning my outfits for weeks now, especially as I’m going on a couple of mini breaks in December too and I can’t wait to dress up in something new!
Sadly, I know not everyone feels this way and the festive season can often bring so much dread and stress to women when it comes to outfit planning on top of EVERYTHING ELSE we have to do. That’s why I’ve teamed up with Simply Be to take the worry out of party wear this season. They recently asked their customers about their partywear hang ups through the Simply Be Perks programme and in this post, I’m going to help to overcome some of these style dilemmas so that you can feel confident and fabulous when you go out this winter!
So lets start with a topic I’m very well rehearsed in…
“I have a huge belly, but hate those tent-like tops and dresses. What can I wear thats form fitting but flattering?”
I get this question on Instagram DM myself quite often as well and ladies, I know how you feel. I used to hide behind big, baggy outfits to “hide” my tummy but really, I wasn’t fooling anyone. Now that I’ve learned to love my body and to be confident in myself, I like to wear dresses that are form fitting but flattering in my eyes, on my own body.
Simply Be think that you should be able to wear what you want, when you want, no questions asked which couldn’t suit my ethos any more! I’m all about empowering women to feel body confident and to own their fashion choices with pride. The clothes you wear are very much an expression of your inner confidence and I for one am all for a little glitz and glamour at this time of the year!
The Simply Be By Night Crushed Velvet Midi Dress is the perfect example of this. It hugs the body, has the most incredible shape and makes the most of your curves without emphasising your tummy. The sumptuous jewel green tone combined with the crushed velvet fabric is bang on trend for this season, creating a dress that’ll give you a confidence boost and turn heads for the right reasons.
I’m wearing a size 24 and have found it to be true to size as well as being the perfect midi length on my 5 ft 5″ figure. Paired with the Robyn Strappy Wedge Extra Wide EEE Fit for a little elevation without putting a stop to my dancing and the Alice Rose Gold Sequin Clutch Bag for holding my bank card, keys and lippy for touch ups, I felt every inch the confident, empowered woman wearing this dress and I cant wait to wear it to more special occasions over the festive season. If you’re looking for a dress that’ll fit, flatter and make the most of your curves then this is the style I’d recommend.
If you’re in need of an extra layer for warmth then I’d really recommend the next piece worn over this dress too which also helps with this ladies style dilemma…
“I’m spending New Year in Scotland and some of the evening will be spent indoors and some outside, what can I wear for an outfit that suits both temperatures?”
For events over the festive season where you want to look gorgeous and glam but still keep warm, I’d highly suggest picking up the Black Short Faux Fur Coat.
I’m wearing a size 26 and it layers effortlessly over the top of so many of my evening wear outfits like the lightweight Quiz Curve Blue Glitter Cropped Jumpsuit (size 26) that it has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe. Layering lighter pieces with one another is great for occasions where you are going to be spending time both in and outdoors and pieces like this look chic and glamorous even when you’re all wrapped up warm.
Cropped jumpsuits are awesome of those who don’t want to wear a dress but still want to switch up their look from jeans and a nice top. Since they’re cropped, you can show off an amazing pair of heels, boots or flats with just a hint of leg. Don’t hide away girls, even if you’re someone who doesn’t feel confident getting their legs out, make this the year that you step a toe out of your comfort zone. I promise you’ll feel awesome for it.
What I love the most about the faux fur coat is that it is so soft and sumptuous without being big and bulky. The faux fur is thick enough to keep you warm and cosy but it is still lightweight which makes me feel so much more confident wearing it.
A faux fur coat, especially in black, instantly dresses up any outfit and makes it look more chic and elegant. You’ll be seeing this coat so much on my instagram over the coming weeks and for years to come as it is definitely one of those pieces that I’ll be pulling out of my wardrobe year after year.
With dresses, shapewear, footwear, accessories and even cosmetics, Simply Be really are a one stop shop when it comes to getting you ready to party this winter! With their empowering Christmas Party wear campaign, they are showing society that women are more than their bodies and regardless of how daring or bold you want to be with your outfit, you can definitely find out to suit you. They’re all about fearless fashion that doesn’t discriminate, available in sizes 12 to 32 to have you looking and feeling your absolute best for the party season. After all, if you can’t dress up and look uber fabulous over the festive period then when can you?
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*This post is part of a paid collaboration with Simply Be. All opinions are my own, as always!