Dressing for: Winter Ball


No matter what college you’re from, Grizedale, Bowland or the distant south-west colleges of Lonsdale and Cartmel, almost every JCR is organising a Christmas Ball this year. If you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket or couldn’t afford one, (end of term struggles…) I guarantee you’ll have the chance to dress up at least once this festive season. So grab a cuppa and have a read of my Christmas style party guide!

The Girls

If you’re wearing a cute cocktail dress or going for full on glamour in a full-length number, keeping it simple is key. A neutral colour palette of white, black or grey is always a winner, but if you’re feeling brave go for a bolder hue in red, cobalt blue or bright pink. Lace or metallic touches will add an extra something, or my personal favourite – sequins. If you can’t wear sequins at Christmas, when can you?! Finish the look by throwing a faux fur coat over the top on the off chance it snows… Accessory wise, a statement necklace or chandelier earrings will bring some glitz. Add a killer pair of heels and a clutch and you’re ready for any party from now through January!

The Boys

Whenever an event comes along that requires formal dress, it seems to me that boys open up their wardrobes and pull out the only suit they own that has been worn time and time again. Come on boys, this year be brave and try something new! Instead of the classic black James Bond look, try a suit in navy or dark red. Make a statement in a velvet dinner jacket, the perfect texture for Christmas as it provides a little extra warmth. Add a quirky touch with braces, and a bow tie is a sophisticated alternative to a tie. You can’t go wrong with desert boots, loafers or Chelsea boots if you don’t want to wear traditional formal shoes. Just remember some cufflinks and collar tips and you’re ready to go! A classic but modern look, you’ll seem the perfect gentleman.

Grizedale College Christmas Ball
Grizedale College Christmas Ball
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