My birthday is coming up and to celebrate my husband and I are going away for a dancing weekend at a swish resort, so I need a party outfit for this special event. It’s been my dream to be able to dance all my life and this year I’ve finally started taking lessons and have learnt that I don’t have two left feet, even though they’re not necessarily two right feet yet either! I have however, enjoyed every minute of learning to dance swing, lindy hop, foxtrot and balboa and I can’t get enough of it. Which is why my birthday treat is a holiday away to learn more dance styles during the day and to have a big Christmas party knees-up in the evening, and I seriously can’t wait!
For the event I will need something that is suitably glitzy for a 5* resort but that I can still dance the night away in. There’s also a 5 course meal involved, so I will need a dress that allows room for expansion if I eat too much, haha! Of course, my go-to website for all things glitzy and festive is John Lewis so I’ve been browsing online and I’ve come up with this ultimate party outfit:
I’ve recently been learning the Charleston and it’s fast becoming my husband’s favourite dance too (just for the facial expressions alone!) so I wanted to choose a dress that would allow me to dance the crazy-fast double-time Charleston without tripping over my dress and I wanted to pay homage to the Charleston era with my dress. The 20s was such a glamorous era, and I love all the beading, sequins and sparkles so this Phase Eight dress will be ideal to wear for a glitzy meal and will look equally fabulous on the dancefloor later in the evening.
I’ve been watching a lot of Strictly Come Dancing this year, and I’ve been admiring the fringing on Caroline Flack’s gorgeous dresses for a while now so I wanted to include a few layers of fringing in my ultimate party outfit. I also spotted this image of dancer Flavia Cacace wearing the exact same dress in Good Housekeeping magazine (I snapped a photo of it on my phone while in the dentist waiting room!) so it must be good for dancingin ! I think it makes a real impact while you’re moving around the dancefloor, really enhancing the look of spins and wiggles, plus it serves to disguise the bits of my body that I don’t like so much, including an over-stuffed tummy! I also like the fact that it’s a navy blue dress rather than black, which I think is a little more glam for this special occasion.
To complement the dress, I would like to wear a classy tuxedo jacket to stay warm in the cold night air while walking to and from the venue. And of course, who can resist a pair of sparkly shoes? The heel is not too high on these Miss KG shoes so I will definitely be able to dance the night away in them, and can have my Cinderella moment on the dance floor. Finally, I would like to add a piece of jewellery but I don’t want to get in a tangle when I’m dancing so I will stick with this pair of cloud stud earrings, which I fell in love with the moment I saw them.
I’m sure that this outfit will see me through the whole Christmas period as well as my birthday celebration, and it’s sparkly enough to work well as a New Years eve outfit too! Let me know what you think of my ultimate party outfit and leave me a comment to let me know what you’ll be wearing to special parties this Christmas 🙂