The nights are drawing in, Pret a Manger has launched their seasonal menu, and the streets of St Andrews are awash with Canada Goose. Yes, it’s that time of year again – Christmas. Although the Christmas cheer may be somewhat questionable amongst a student body inundated with deadlines, there is one festive question on everyone’s lips: What to wear to Christmas Ball? This year, Mermaids have chosen “Fairytale of New York” as the theme. Whilst this invites glitz, glamour, and sparkle, it’s easy to feel the festive options are overdone. So here are a few ideas for a fairytale outfit of your own.
There’s no better event than Christmas Ball to style up luxurious fabrics, like velvet and satin. Stick with jewel tones, such as ruby, emerald, and amethyst to capture the festive spirit. For a seriously opulent look, this H&M dress is perfectly in keeping with the Christmas theme. And for the guys, a velvet blazer is a great way to jazz up an otherwise boring tuxedo.
Channel Mrs Claus
Bear with me here, I’m not suggesting a trip to your local fancy dress store for a Mrs Claus outfit, styled à la Mean Girls’ “Jingle Bell Rock.” However, the queen of Christmas might know her stuff, as both red and faux fur have been very trendy lately. So, take inspiration from her iconic style. Try a red dress, or throw a faux fur jacket over your outfit for a touch of New York luxury.
As this year’s theme alludes, fairytale-style partywear is bang on trend, and easily found on the high street and online. Think lace, full tutu skirts, and feminine accents. This dress from ASOS may be on the pricey side, but it really hits the nail on the head.
Wearing trousers, or a jumpsuit, is always a great way to stand out from the sea of dresses at Christmas Ball. They can be easily styled in a formal manner, and pockets are certainly an extra bonus to avoid carrying a clutch around with you. Pair with a sequin top for extra NY-inspired glamour.
Most importantly, it’s only Christmas once a year, so take the opportunity to wear something you’ve never tried before. That means sequins, sparkle and tassels are definitely on the yes-list – although perhaps not all at once!