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From exclusive suits and bold bags to earth-conscious vintage jewellery and dresses, here’s our guide to finding a festive party look that’s unique to you.

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From exclusive suits and bold bags to earth-conscious vintage jewellery and dresses, here’s our guide to finding a festive party look that’s unique to you
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Words: Thea Bichard. Images: Elizaveta Porodina.
 

Listen closely – that’s the sound of fairy lights untangling, disco balls being hoisted and DJs dusting off their festive setlists. We were deprived of parties in 2020, so it feels as though we’re more eager than ever this year to crank the Christmas celebrations all the way up at office nights out, decadent dinners and New Year’s Eve extravaganzas.

 

But first, there’s the question of what to wear to show that, yes, you are there to outdo the Christmas tree when it comes to festive dressing, and in a way that only you know how. Our solution is to seek out a dress, a suit, a bag, a pair of shoes, a piece of jewellery – or all of the above – that’s unique to you. From pre-loved pieces and Selfridges exclusives to brilliantly bold design, read on to find a party look like no other.

 

Please note additional styling and costumes pieces are not for sale.

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MON VINTAGE BY MARIE BLANCHET - Pre-loved Comme des Garçons AW12 sequinned midi dress / DRIES VAN NOTEN Chunky abstract plastic necklace (out of stock) and Platform leather ankle boots
MON VINTAGE BY MARIE BLANCHET - Pre-loved Comme des Garçons AW12 sequinned midi dress / DRIES VAN NOTEN Chunky abstract plastic necklace (out of stock) and Platform leather ankle boots
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Every year, we look forward to the kind of opulent outfits that really come into their own when mulled wine and at-the-stroke-of-midnight champagne are on the menu. Our womenswear buyers have granted that wish with an only-at-Selfridges collection of ruffled, puffed-sleeve and metallic mini dresses from Kalmanovich, unique upcycled pieces by 3am Eternal, Bay Garnett’s second-hand partywear edit for Oxfam in our London store, and the incredible finds from Mon Vintage by Marie Blanchet. Perfect if you want to wear a true one-off, Marie sources extraordinary vintage fashion – including the closing look from Comme des Garçons’ two-dimensional AW12 collection and a kaleidoscopic SS10 Alexander McQueen gown, which both feature in our Christmas campaign. No need to worry about turning up in the same dress as anyone else.

 

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SELFRIDGES RENTAL – Dries Van Noten abstract-print crepe blazer (coming soon) / COMME DES GARCONS – x / STELLA MCCARTNEY - High-neck relaxed-fit cropped woven jumper / THE VINTAGE TRAP – Sunglasses (coming soon) / BOTTEGA VENETA - Cassette intrecciato-woven leather cross-body bag (out of stock) / JENNIFER GIBSON JEWELLERY - Pre-loved crystal ring (coming soon) / JUNYA WATANABE – Hat (coming soon)
NICOMEDE – Crystal-print woven coat (coming soon), Crystal-print silk shirt (coming soon) Crystal-print woven trousers (coming soon) / WOLFORD - Aurora stretch-jersey top (coming soon) / SWEETLIMEJUICE - Zong sterling-silver and cubic zirconia necklace, Zong sterling-silver and cubic zirconia chain necklace, Zong sterling-silver and quartz chain necklace, Sterling silver necklace and stone pendant (coming soon) / Zong sterling-silver and cubic zirconia ring
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When it comes to men’s partywear, it can be tricky in a sea of same old suits to find something that’s simultaneously sharp and expressive without slipping into novelty territory. Our Selfridges Rental edit is primed with suits and ties (no tinsel or Santa prints, we promise) from the likes of Dries Van Noten, JACQUEMUS and Versace so you can flit, eco-guilt-free, from one head-turning two-piece to another all December long. Meanwhile, ready to outdo all your festive decor, there’s Nicomede’s exclusive, crystal-print tailoring. As for styling? There’s no need to add jewellery when your suit is this distinctive, but since when has Christmas been about minimalism? Read on for our round-up of men’s jewellery…

 

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RICK OWENS - Quilted oversized shell-down scarf / WOLFORD – Aurora stretch-jersey midi dress (out of stock) / JUNYA WATANABE - Spike silver-toned brass and glass crystal necklace, Spike silver-toned brass and glass crystal choker necklace / THE VINTAGE TRAP – Pre-loved Dior sunglasses (coming soon) / JENNIFER GIBSON JEWELLERY – Pre-loved Dior rings (coming soon), Pre-loved Lucite Arc cuff (coming soon)
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Whether you’ve picked out a pre-loved dress or invested in a brand-new suit, you can always rely on jewellery to set your festive outfit apart. Our edit of exceptional (and earth-conscious) one-offs includes Susan Caplan and Jennifer Gibson Jewellery’s vintage finds from the likes of Dior, Chanel and Givenchy’s archives. Then, there are designers in our Project Earth For Nature edit who recycle silver and gold to create distinctive pieces: we love Completedworks’ sculptural, mismatched earrings and the mystical pieces from the Harris Reed x Missoma collaboration.

 

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MON VINTAGE BY MARIE BLANCHET - Pre-loved Alexander McQueen stretch-woven gown / Moon-print elbow-length stretch-woven gloves (out of stock)
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Think of our buyers as your own personal style magpies: they’ve gathered up the best of this season’s crystal-strewn Christmas accessories to curate an edit of exclusive pouches, clutches and shoulder bags. Streaming with sparkle at Kara, glittery at Benedetta Bruzziches, OTT 00s at Juicy Couture, metallic at JACQUEMUS and party-ready at Prada – each one is primed to be the twinkly holly leaf atop your Christmas partywear pudding. Alternatively, if you want to go one step further in finding a bag that no one else will be holding on the dance floor, look to the curation of pre-loved designer bags from the likes of Chanel, Dior and Fendi in our RESELLFRIDGES edit.

 

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BLUEMARBLE - Padded-shoulder asymmetric-hem wool-blend coat / Raf Simons – Jersey turtleneck top (coming soon) / CASABLANCA – Double-breasted regular-fit wool blazer (out of stock) and Pleated relaxed-fit wool trousers (out of stock) / LANVIN – Plain silk tie / JENNIFER GIBSON JEWELLERY – Pre-loved Dior crystal ring (coming soon) / THE VINTAGE TRAP – Sunglasses (coming soon)
MARINE SERRE – Moon-print high-neck recycled polyamide-blend top (out of stock), Moon-print straight high-rise upcycled-denim jeans (out of stock), Moon-print elbow-length stretch-woven gloves / MON VINTAGE BY MARIE BLANCHET - Pre-loved Alexander McQueen leather shoulder bag (coming soon)
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Personal style is continuing to push trends aside, and men’s jewellery and accessories have become bolder – excellent news for making an entrance. For those of you who want to dabble without diving headlong into the jewellery box, try a wink of silver or gold by way of a chain or bracelet from Missoma, Le Gramme or Serge DeNimes peeking out from your collar or cuffs. Otherwise, to really dazzle on the dance floor, look to Sweetlimejuice’s colourful rings, crystal-encrusted pendants from The Dan Life and the trippy, dripping-with-gold gems from the exclusive-to-Selfridges Palm Angels x Bleue Burnham capsule.

 

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KHAITE - Katerina puff-sleeved cotton and silk-blend mini dress (out of stock) / CARAT LONDON – Swarovski drop earrings (coming soon)
KHAITE - Katerina puff-sleeved cotton and silk-blend mini dress (out of stock) / CARAT LONDON – Swarovski drop earrings (coming soon) / JENIFFER GIBSON – Pre-loved Chanel black and crystal square ring (out of stock) / AMINA MUADDI - Danielle pointed-toe latex thigh-high boots
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This party season, designers have leant fully into the festive brief to deliver enough shimmer to transform the long, dark winter nights into a sparkly spectacle. The way to make sure your shoes are just that little bit more dazzling than the rest? Slip into the sculpted heels from Amina Muaddi, bold bows and sparkle at Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin, and the exclusive capsule from Mach & Mach.

 

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FIND YOUR PERFECT PARTY LOOK WITH HELP FROM OUR IN-STORE EXPERTS

Looking for a second opinion on a suit, some assistance in picking out the perfect dress or your own personal make-up artist for the night? Our styling and beauty experts are here to help, either in store or via a video from the comfort of home.

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