With work and family life to juggle it’s no wonder that deciding on your party outfit can often fall to the bottom of your to-do list. Makeover Queen Nicky Hambleton-Jones is on hand to help guide you through the chaos to make tonight your most stylish New Year’s eve yet. 

What rules should women stick to when choosing their New Year’s dresses?

When picking your outfit keep in mind the dress code. Ultimately you want to feel comfortable and confident in your dress. Heels are an essential finishing touch and will elongate your figure to look at its best. You can revamp an old outfit with statement jewellery such as chunky bangles or bold necklaces for a brand new look.

How should you be accessorise your look?

Accessories are always a great option for instantly updating your wardrobe without having to go through a massive overhaul. Go for chunky, crystal jewellery, satin clutch bags and shimmering metallic eyeshadows to transform your favourite LBD into an on-trend must-have. In addition, Mary Jane heels have come back in with the 60s trend and are a fabulous option for the day and evening.

How can you quickly adapt an office outfit into evening wear?

It’s all in the accessories – by adding a shimmering snakeskin belt to your shift dress, a beautiful pair of sparkly earrings and a killer pair of heels you will be sure to leave the long day in the office behind and be ready to party. Also remember to decant your evening essentials from your bulky handbag in to a sleek clutch bag to finish off any look for the evening.

How can you look glam without going to OTT?

It’s nice having a bit of sparkle but just because it’s New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean you have to go over the top. I’m obsessed with colour – the brighter the better. Fabulous cherry red is always top of my favourites for this time of year. Outside it’s dreary and cold so wearing a bright colour, like cherry red or fuchsia pink, can make you feel good.

How can you revamp your wardrobe for without breaking the bank?

Wear bright, interesting tights, long leather gloves, a big statement necklace, fake fur throw, cape, fabulous belt, big cocktail ring – any of those can help transform an older outfit. But if you choose jewellery – and this applies to new outfits, too – I recommend keeping to a maximum of two accessories per outfit, and don’t have the items too close together.

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