Next DressThis week I’ve been asked about personal styling by some local ladies. They’d been searching tirelessly for Christmas party dresses and struggled to find anything inspiring.

I suggested this rich berry coloured lace dress from Next (£50). Its sheer neckline and long delicate sleeves elegantly cover up the décolletage and arms but the lace allows for a flash of skin that transforms a simple shift dress into a seductive party outfit. The warm deep purple shade will flatter most skin types and the length is perfect for a work function or a family dinner. Pair the dress with a pair of black or metallic heels and a hard cased clutch bag for a sophisticated winter look.

Ann Russell is a fashion writer and has her own fashion blog here.



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