Dress: Warehouse c/o VoucherCodes
Shoes: Republic via eBay

When I was contacted by VoucherCodes and challenged to style a party dress for three separate occasions I jumped at the chance. I'm a big believer that you shouldn't buy something that you're only going to wear one (although I don't always stick to the rules, I do try to...) and I think that fashion should be versatile and experimental. 
The challenge was set because a recent survey revealed that the average spend for a Christmas party outfit by 18-24 year olds is £119... VoucherCodes (with the help of selected bloggers) want to prove that a Christmas party doesn't mean that you have to splash out a load of money on a special dress for one night, intact you can make an investment on a dress that is going to be wearable all year round.

I was given a budget of £80 to spend on my dress, and after a lot of browsing, I decided on this floral number from Warehouse, I was drawn to the structured shape of the dress, the cute cut outs on the shoulders and the beautiful colours. 

The above pictures show my styling for a Christmas Party... nothing too fussy, I haven't even bothered with any accessorising, just to let the dress be the statement. I simply added my glittery heeled shoes, which although can be slightly tricky to dance in, complement the dress perfectly.
 Dress (worn as skirt): As above
Jumper: New Look (old)
Leather Jacket: French Connection
Tights: Primark Cosy Tights
Boots: Clarks

For more of a daytime/causal look I have styled the dress in a typical 'Tor' way... I love nothing more the throwing a jumper over the top of a dress to style them down. This jumper works really well with the structured skirt on the dress as it's cropped, and sit's perfectly above the waistline. I love the contrast between the chunky knit jumper and the sturdy fabric of the skirt, nothing quite beats different textures and layers when it comes to outfit building.
To add to the practicality of the outfit, I added my leather jacket (mainly for warmth, not gonna lie!), my cosy tights from Primark and my comfy biker style boots... I think the dress works just as well dressed down as it does dressed up, I'd totally wear this for a day shopping or a trip to Nandos!
Dress: As above
Shirt: Topshop via Outfit
Cardigan: New Look
Tights: Primark Cosy Tights
Shoes: Internacionale
Bag: Zara

Last up is the workwear/office style look, obviously I used this as an opportunity to put a white shirt with a collar underneath the dress (I'm biased, and think this works well with any dress, but I actually do think it goes really well) and although it's not shown in any of the pictures, it looks so cute with the shirt showing through the cut outs on the shoulders. I wore my Cosy Tights again, this time with my little studded pumps and threw a black cardigan over the top, much more my style than a blazer and it still looks quite smart. I'd wear this outfit for a meeting, for work or even for an interview.

So there you have it... a party dress doesn't just have to be for that one night out, you can get plenty of wear out of one for all kinds of occasions!
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