Nothing guarantees to turn more heads than fuchsia pink when the rest of the room is drowning in black! Leave your Little-Black-Dress (LBD) in the wardrobe this Christmas and opt instead for a girly statement in glorious pink. There are lots of pink, prom-style dresses in the stores at the moment which look fantastic teamed with black peep-toe shoes and long black evening gloves for a retro, 50’s look. If you prefer something more modern (and also want to spend less cash), why not invest in a pink, satin top and team it with slim-leg, black pants and pink shoes and bag for an on-trend, funky look.

Not a colour normally associated with Christmas, blue is a surprisingly hot favourite in the shops this season. If pink doesn’t tickle your fancy, or if it doesn’t suit your colouring (redheads beware!), then blue could be your more sophisticated alternative. Whether you’re blonde, brunette, redheaded or grey, blue is a much safer option – particularly when it veers towards turquoise or cobalt. An empire-style dress, which falls gently from beneath the bustline, suits most figure-shapes from the ultra-slim to the fuller-figured – although the latter is advised to avoid shiny fabrics and opt for more slimming, matt finishes such as crepe or cotton-lace. For a fun, party look why not waft your way into parties with a blue feather boa, eye-mask or fan?


For those who are looking for a change from black, but don’t want the ultra-bright look, there are lots of subdued but rich shades to choose from - such as burgundy, aubergine and plum. As these shades are very close to a ‘neutral’ colour, you can always enliven them with crystal or diamanté jewellery or gem-encrusted shoes and bags. These sumptuous colours are also great shades for evening jackets and coats, often in luxurious fabrics such as slub-silk or velvet – garments which are a great investment (especially if you can pick them up in the sales) as they will serve you well for many years to come. Don’t ruin your entrance to a party by wearing an old coat or raincoat over your sensational frock – a gorgeous evening coat or jacket will always make a wonderful first impression!

And, finally, what else will get pulses racing other than the ‘Lady in Red’ look. If you dare, go head-to-toe in red (not forgetting the lipstick, of course!) and prepare to make your entrance. Or, simply, add dashes of red to your existing LBD – red shoes, red necklace, red bag. But do limit your ‘touches of red’ to three areas; anymore than that, and you could risk being mistaken for the Christmas Tree! In fact, just black dress/red shoes/red lipstick, can be the sexiest combo of all…

Happy Christmas!