It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Christmassss! It’s the best, with mince pies, mulled wine, all the lights, all the trees, carol singing, all the time with loved ones and of course, the works Christmas Party! The time of year you get to dress up and have a dance! But the outfit. The dress, what to wear?
I’ve had a right nightmare so far on my hunt for the ultimate party dress and I mean nightmare. Umming and ahhing over so many dresses online, buying them, returning them. Why does nothing look like it does on the model?!? And the best one, buying the dress without actually ever getting the dress! It’s been one of those weeks, I tell you!
In my efforts to find the dress, I decided to make a morning of it, by heading to the high street! Taunton’s shopping is actually really good. I like that there are so many shops to chose from and that there is usually good stocks of most sizes. I also love that when you buy from a shop, you buy from a person, a person who is being paid because you are choosing to stay on the high street rather than shop online. I have this awful fear that high street stores won’t be around for much longer because of online retail and it makes me so sad. Fashion retail was one of my favourite jobs I’ve ever done, the social aspect, the team spirit. I know it’s not like that for everyone, but I’d hate to lose any more shops in Taunton.
So are you ready? Steady? Let’s go! First on my venture was Marks and Spencer, I found a few really lovely sparkly tops and skirts but it wasn’t really what I was after. I was definitely thinking I was after a dress until I found this co-ord, I loved the animal print pattern and the pleated skirt was fabulous. The material was so light weight with a silk satin feel and super soft. And the colour, so many tones of blue hues. Maybe though this outfit is more winter wedding rather than Christmas party, but it was a firm favourite. I tried these both on in a size 18 and they were very true to size, If anything the top was a little generous in a size but I won’t complain about that! The skirt retails in store and online for £35 and runs from a size 6-24 in mid–length and long, and the top is £19.50 and also goes from a size 6-24. For fitting room styling I added my belt as I found my waist was a little lost without it.
M&S collection snake print blouse.
M&S collection animal print pleated midi skirt.
Next another from Marks and Spencer, this one was a little different and after trying it on I found that for me it was a little more for day to day. You could definitely dress it up for day to night but on this occasion I left it behind. A simple burgundy bodycon dress with a twist detail in the waist. A really good fit and very true to size. I tried this on in a size 18 and it runs from a size 6-24 and is £35. I may go back for this dress another time as it really is so versatile and is perfect for so many occasions.
On to the next shop! Next up was NewLook, I honestly thought I’d find so much in here, but I was a little disappointed in the lack of sparkle in store. I did however find this gorgeous dress. A gorgeous burgundy colour with a satin look. A real Christmas party look, add some heels and a glitzy bag and you’d be on your way. But again I wasn’t quite sure if this was what I was looking for. I tried on in a size 18 and it was very true to size and even room for us busty babes! This dress has a great size range, although in store I only found it in a size to 8-18 online I’ve found it in the curves and tall section too, going up to a size 28. This is definitely an option for Christmas Day. Beautiful and floaty. And currently only £20.99 in the 25% off sale. What more could you want?
Burgundy satin pleated midi dress.
The final shop I ventured into for a try on was Quiz. Now I haven’t been into Quiz for years! So this was a massive hit or miss shop for me and boy did I hit! The first dress. Emerald, velvet sparkle dreams. Gorgeous, I tried on in a size 16 and the fit was actually really good! I found this online with the size range of 8-16 but also in the Curve range of 16-26. The colour was gorgeous and I love a ruched side! Currently online for £40!
Quiz Bottle green velvet glitter ruched side dress.
The next dress and all over sequin, a good stretch so no need for a zip and perfect for that Christmas party! I loved the bronze colour and the way it caught the light! I’m a magpie when it comes to sequins! I also tried this on in a size 16 and the fit again was great, I think because of the stretch in the fabric you could size down or up easily for comfort/style. This dress is available in a size 8-16 and in the gunmetal colour in the Curve collection. It is currently on sale for just £30 a real bargain for the Christmas party!
Quiz bronze sequin wrap long sleeve bodycon dress.
And are you ready? Here she is! The final best dress I found on Taunton’s high street. A velvet, beautiful sequin dress. Not too heavy, and simply stunning. I loved the back chunky zip and the beautiful colours. This dress was the best fitting one I’d found all day, a size 18, so comfortable and exactly what I was searching for! This dress runs from a size 6-18 and from the new Sam Fairs collection. I had to have it, especially as it’s on sale from £60 to just £40! We got there in the end didn’t we? With a real winner at that!
Quiz X Sam Fairs black and rose gold sequin velvet dress.
I would also like to add that I searched through pretty much most shops on the Taunton high street and these were the only shops that I found something that caught my eye enough to try on. I’m so happy with my final party dress! And I can’t wait to party all night on my 25th birthday for the works Christmas do! If you would like to browse any of the dresses in this blog I’ve popped the links below each image. So what do you we think? Do you think I made the right choice? And are you Christmas party ready? Let me know in the comments! X