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How to do party dressing (with a little help from Victoria Beckham)

Last night, I went to the GLAMOUR Women of the Year awards. I know, I am a jammy so-and-so, but I was working, okay? It’s my JOB. It was a pret-ty fabulous night. (Victoria Beckham was there with Brooklyn as her ‘date’ (how sweet is that?) – it pretty much sets the standard.) Anyway, I am not here to talk about the night (head to glamour.com for all the gossip) but dressing for such events.

1. Forget wearing a dress. 

One of the girls on the features team, Gemma, wore a green and white striped jumpsuit from Whistles – and looked incredible (she also avoided black, the de facto option for most GLAMOUR staff). Okay, so she’s model-tall and whippet-thin, but it’s super easy to wear. Then Rachida Dati turned up in an Erdem printed jacket and trousers combo. And Juno Temple wore a playsuit. And VB arrived looking super-sleek in a Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit.

 

Whistles and J.Crew are my go-to shop for prints.

Tropical flower print trouser and top, £125, Whistles

Tropical flower print trouser and top, £125 (for trousers), Whistles

2. Forget wearing black.

And go for a really bright pop of colour. (I give you Jessie J and Samantha Barks in cobalt blue and hot pink, respectively. Or Louise Redknapp in bright red or Fearne Cotton in super-bright blue). One of the girls in the office wore this dress from Cos, which is ultra-flattering and easy peasy to wear.

Dress with mesh skirt, £69. Cos

Dress with mesh skirt, £69. Cos

3. Add bling

Think big, bold and fake. (Although real would be nice if anyone’s offering). I wore a giant necklace from TopShop (with, ahem, a simple black dress). Dawn O’Porter’s whole dress was decorated with bling. Naomi Campbell practically wore armour, such was the effect of her Alexander McQueen dress.

Stone drop collar, £14, Topshop

Stone drop collar, £14, Topshop

4. But if in doubt….forget forgetting black.

A LOT of girls were wearing black last night. Because it works. The fashion team wore to (nearly) a woman. The interest came from the shapes of their dresses. Try Maje and Sandro – the French really know how to do black dresses. Any of these from Sandro would Work A Treat.

Riad dress, €235 Sandro

Riad dress, €235 Sandro

 

Rodeo Noir, €225, Sandro

Rodeo Noir, €225, Sandro

 

Rubis dress, €215, Sandro

Rubis dress, €215, Sandro

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