From boardroom to bar: How to dress for a post-work holiday party

With a jam-packed social calendar over the holiday season, it may seem impossible to put together enough party-ready outfits to see you through.

Make things simple by investing in versatile pieces that can dress up any outfit. Whether it's an office party, after work drinks or a festive dinner that leaves little time for prep, follow our guide to the simple swaps you can make to turn any outfit into a showstopper...

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1. Swap flats for a statement heel

A good place to start is with your feet - simply swapping your ballet pumps for a statement heel can completely transform any outfit. From bedazzled heels to animal print, we're loving Kurt Geiger's offering this season. Don't see the perfect pair for you? Visit Fenwick Bond Street for access to the entire Kurt Geiger collection - staff will guide you through the Kurt Geiger app on in-store iPad Minis to show you optional style choices, where they're available and the best delivery option with free postage.

Kurt Geiger, £210; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

Kurt Geiger, £199; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

Kurt Geiger, £270; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

Kurt Geiger, £220; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

Kurt Geiger, £270; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

Kurt Geiger, £250; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

2. Add arm candy

Add a pop of colour or subtle sparkle to a simple dress or a jeans-and-heels outfit with the perfect handbag. A clutch or a chain purse work best when you need to be on your feet all night, while a bright tote or shopper is the best option when you need to stash your belongings from the day out of sight.

Kurt Geiger, £130; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

Lulu Guinness Tabitha, £395; Available at Fenwick Newcastle

Kurt Geiger, £225; Available at Fenwick Bond Street

Ashlyn'd, £295; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross

Kate Spade New York Strawberry Clutch; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross

3. Fake it with faux fur

While adding faux fur to your wardrobe may not be a new concept, opting for collars, huffs and coloured scarves can certainly add an element of luxury to an otherwise simple ensemble. Leave these pieces on throughout the night for a bit of extra super-stylish warmth.

Unreal Fur, £150; Available at Fenwick Newcastle and Windsor

Helen Moore, from £25; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross and Newcastle

Helen Moore Faux Fur Collar, £35; Available at Fenwick Colchester

Nooki, £65; Available at Fenwick  Canterbury

Helen Moore Faux Fur Huff, £29; Available at Fenwick Canterbury

Joules, £29.95; available at Fenwick Colchester

4. Embellish everything

The main thing we love about holiday dressing is the bling, but we suggest choosing one item so you don't go overboard - opt for a statement necklace, diamond earrings, a stand-out ring or a pendant as the focal point of your outfit and you're sure to be the star of the show.

Swarovski Stardust Necklace, £99; Available at Fenwick Colchester

APM Barrel Style Earrings; Available at Fenwick Kingston

Malissa J Bead and Tassel Ribbon Tie Collar Necklace, £30; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross

Monica Vinader Ava Button Necklaces, £260 each; Available at Fenwick Kingston

Swarovski Fit Necklace, £199; Available at Fenwick Colchester

APM CZ Ring; Available at Fenwick Kingston

Monica Vinader Diva Lotus Pendant, £190, and Rolo Chain, from £65; Available at Fenwick Kingston

Malissa J, £45; Available at Fenwick Brent Cross

By Alison Millington