Festive Style with Bally
'Tis the season to go all out. Tamsin Crimmens rounds up what to wear for every occasion this festive season
Winter Holiday Party
For winter party dressing, there is nothing that looks and feels more glamorous or sumptuous than texture. Imagine the feel of velvet, silk, leather and suede on your skin to make this party season sing. Yes, minimalism is officially out and maximalism is most definitely in.
So ladies, whether you’re delicately wrapping the ribbon of Bally’s Lavin flat around your ankle, throwing a vintage fur coat over your silk dress, or slipping your feet into sparkly heels and flouncing into the night in one of this season’s wildly embellished dresses, there is just one rule: don’t hold back.
Men who want to win big in the party style stakes this winter, take it from us that a 1970s-inspired silk shirt is the way to go. Maybe it's the continued 70s revival happening in menswear, but a little signature piping around the edge or a baseball-inspired deep-V version slipped under suiting is de rigueur. Pair with well-cut trousers and understated Helliot trainers for laid-back but on-point style – and don’t forget to grab Bally’s new graffiti-print portfolio for extra style points.
Office Festive Party
Red alert! Forget black as your go-to colour choice for the office party; red is the colour of AW17. There is an art to this sort of power dressing and a statement red dress toned down with understatedly-chic accessories is the winning formula now. Only the truly bold would pair their killer dress with flats for the office party, so go all-out with the Maelle slipper, a design that exudes classic style with a touch of modernity (wear with the counter flattened for easy chic). Finally, pair with the B Turn mini bag in a contrasting colour for a final hint of insouciance.
Guys, while your colleagues might be loosening their ties at the annual party, you’ll want to stand out from the crowd of suits with a style that makes even the CEO envious; we’re talking coloured tailoring that effortlessly takes you from boardroom to bar. There is a world beyond grey, navy and black and this season the coolest guys are wearing taupe, powder blue, teal and camel. Finish the look with a knitted tie matched to the colour of your suit, a crisp white shirt, leather belt, smart shoes and you’re good to go.
Heading for the mountains this season? The chicest way to do alpine-chic this year is to make it all about corduroy. A huge trend for men and women for AW17, pair yours with a roll-neck sweater and chunky boots such as the Gaja for women, a combat-style boot with a practical grooved rubber sole but still with Bally’s luxury aesthetic. For chalet-side excursions, the Celinia boots have a cosy fur lining and are adorned with Edelweiss embroidery. Who said practical had to be boring?
For men, coloured corduroy with leather accessories and the Medison boot, which takes inspiration from Bally’s heritage in hiking, is the ultimate combo for style off the slopes. A textured rubber sole lends a distinct grip for trekking, and the Bally stripe sits discreetly to the rear of the shoe for an additional hint of cool. Don’t forget your Caliros clutch bag for organising travel essentials en route to your mountain escape. Winter trends have never looked so good.
New Year's Eve
Follow this one simple rule for New Year’s Eve party dressing to out-style everyone else in the room by miles: no sequins. Sounds simple, but even the best of us can get carried away by the frippery of the season and decide we too must resemble a holiday tree. Instead, renounce predictability and opt instead for top-to-toe tonal dressing – the chic way to pack a visual punch. The key to getting it right now is to offset with accessories in a contrasting hue; so grab your favourite Suzy bag and Bally’s Lyle lace-up boots and get ready to stomp into 2018 in style!
Tonal dressing is big news for men this season too. If you can't make up your mind on what colour to go for, black is always a foolproof choice, though grey, navy, greens and pinks can work well too. The key to adding a little New Year’s Eve pizzazz is mixing and matching textures such as cotton, leather and suede. If raving is on the cards, you’ll want to pair your tonal outfit with relaxed Herbi trainers, or for smarter parties, pull on Bally’s Lamenco boots and grab your favourite holiday present: a calf leather Brasai bifold wallet featuring the Bally Beetle design, before heading out into the night.