Struggling to find stylish party-wear on the high street? Let Absolutely gives you a helping hand with these three chic outfit ideas 

Words Joy Montgomery

Outfit Ideas From the High Street

Finding a Christmas party outfit can be a minefield. Is it really so hard to find something which isn’t too short, too sparkly too tight or too generic for under £200? Apparently so. There are many things the high street does well, and unfortunately, event wear isn’t one of them.

Before you start selling all your worldly possessions to buy that Saint Laurent LBD, remember that affordable gems do exist, you just need to do some serious digging. You can breathe easy because we’ve done all the hard work for you and trawled the internet to find the best festive party-ready dresses, shoes, clutches, Jewellery and a pair of tassel earrings. Or pick one of these classic diamond earrings that will add a timeless touch to your elegance, all for under £130. Dream outfit ideas await…


This M&S dress has been a hit amongst the blogging crowd – and with it’s elegant silhouette and unusual print, we can certainly see why. Amp up the celestial references with Whistles’ silver pumps and finish off with Uterque’s lust-worthy marble-effect clutch and a pair of tassel earrings.

outfit ideas 

Constellation Print Long Sleeve Midi Dress, £45; // Mango Tassel Pendant Earrings, £12.99; // Compton Stud Ankle Strap Pump, £119.25; // Marble-effect Minaudière Clutch, £120;


A tuxedo dress can sometimes be a tricky thing to pull off, as one can end up looking a bit Catherine Zeta Jones in Chicago. & Other Stories’ iteration is a delicious shade of silvery-black and a whole lot softer than it’s traditional black cousin. A pair of dusty pink velvet platforms and spangled earrings will keep the look playful.

outfit ideas 

Platform velvet sandals, £49.99; // Bead Velvet Bag, £35; // Blazer dress, £79; // Long fringe earrings, £58;


If you’re wanting to inject a bit of colour into your party outfit then look no further than Mango’s show-stopping satin dress – a dead ringer for it-brand Kitri Studio’s sellout red midi, we might add. The simple shape of this dress allows you to be creative with accessories: Kurt Geiger’s bow-tie heels will add some serious drama, while Accessorize’s statement earrings and MissGuided’s green clutch offer some much-needed artistic flair.

outfit ideas 

Wrapped satin dress, £59.99; // Ola Shapes Statement Earrings, £12; // Green velvet cross box clutch bag, £28; // Kurt Geiger Suzette Bow Stiletto Heeled Sandals, Black, £129;

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