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Alternative Party Wear

Party season is well under way and it’s time to get your wardrobe stocked with the latest trends to see you through all the nights out and parties that December brings – most of these shopping trips focus around the search for ‘the dress’, but that’s not at the top of everyone’s list. Some girls just don’t do dresses and the festive season is no exception, if you’re one of them, luckily this year there are so many other options to keep you looking on-trend at the office party. We’ve been trawling through our favourite celeb instagram pages to find some legitimate style alternatives and we’ve shortlisted our top picks!

Fearne is a style favourite here at USC HQ, we would love to raid her wardrobe before our next night out! She posted this photo on her Instagram feed of her wearing an Olivia Rubin matching top and trouser set, a perfect alternative to a sparkly dress. To recreate her look we choose our Rose print top and matching trousers from AX Paris, they work well as separates paired with your favourite basics but also look amazing together as a two-piece. To add some festive chic to the outfit finish it off with some Diamond Luxe nail polish and gold glitter point heels from Blink.

We’re still crushing on co-ords and it seems we’re not the only ones – Lauren Pope looks gorgeous in her red checked take on the trend. If you want to inject some Essex glamour into your own wardrobe, steal her style with our Grid Crop Top and Grid Midi Skirt from Rock and Rags. Dress this cute combo up with some bling ring worthy hoop earrings and a pair of lipstick red court shoes from Blink.

Ariana Grande has been a major style star in 2014 and we can’t wait to see what she’ll be wearing next year – we were big fans of her black cut-out jumpsuit as no-dress party wear option. Give the illusion of a cut out panels with this new jumpsuit from Michelle Keegan’s Lipsy range – the delicate lace details give a flirty take on Ariana’s look. To accessorise, toughen it up with this studded lipsy bag and plain black platform heels like the Edna court shoes from Blink.

Even the most fashion focused celebrities need a break from dresses every once in a while and we love Millie MacKintosh’s leather leggings look paired with a cold weather essential, the fur coat. To copy Millie’s look pair our G Star PU Leggings with the Rock and Rags Gem Collar Top then throw on the Susie Fur Coat to keep you cosy when the temperature drops! Finish it off with the Firetrap Peep Toe Boots with metallic details.

In need of some more Christmas party inspiration? Check out our party wear edit, featuring all the festive season’s hottest trends. If you do feel like opting for a dress this season, make sure you get it right with our trend report on the hottest dress of the moment.