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The How To: An Insider's Guide To Party Survival

The How To: An Insider's Guide To Party Survival

Christmas party season is a test of endurance. A calendar full of social occasions on top of work commitments and family life can be daunting, especially when there are looks to plan and stilettos in which to navigate the glittering party terrain. To help us in our quest for maximum fun and minimum stress, we asked Andria Aletrari, AKA @andriasdose, a well-heeled tastemaker who has spent considerable time on the party and fashion circuits of London, Milan and Athens, for her tried-and-tested advice on making it through the season with style.

“When it comes to parties, I find myself channelling Carrie Bradshaw throughout the year. Whether it’s Monday, Tuesday or Christmas, I’d like a cheeseburger, large fries and a cosmopolitan. Here’s how I party.” [Andria Aletrari]

Tastemaker Andria Aletrari wearing a safetypin Versace dress, a Gucci bag and Saint Laurent heels
Tastemaker Andria Aletrari wearing a safetypin Versace dress, a Gucci bag and Saint Laurent heels

HOW TO DO THE MINI DRESS

BE BOLD

"If I’m dressing up, it will be bold. It's no mystery that I love a little sparkle. Sequins, a low back, deep neckline or an exaggerated shoulder – anything for that extra dose of glam. Statement accessories and skyscrapers are a must. This season, opt for a mini dress, the shorter the better, in shiny materials and fabrics, or sharpen up in a tuxedo. As for the bag, it has to be small; a pouch or a clutch that fits the absolute necessities. Phone (Instagram eats first), lipstick (that red lip must remain flawless), mascara, keys, credit card."

INVEST IN EFFORTLESS PIECES

"For more casual invitations, I like to wear two pieces which are comfortable and effortless but don’t compromise the festive mood. Alternatively, invest in a good blazer. A match made in heaven with a pair of boyfriend jeans and some sky-high sexifiers (see YSL pumps). In general, I like playing with high-low contrasts. I’ll tone down a sequin skirt with an oversized white shirt or a tailored boxy blazer, or dress up a simple piece by working my way from the shoes up."

Tastemaker Andria Aletrari wearing a safetypin Versace dress, a Gucci bag and Saint Laurent heels
Tastemaker Andria Aletrari wearing a safetypin Versace dress, a Gucci bag and Saint Laurent heels

THE BLAZER

DON’T BE AFRAID OF BLACK

"Black outfits can be the most interesting of all if done right – the chicest and most mysterious. Play with textures and different materials, such as velvet with sequins, satin and patent leather. If you are going for an LBD, look for pieces that make a statement through exaggerated shoulders, a sexy décolleté or interesting material. Make sure to elevate the look with playful accessories and statement jewellery."

Tastemaker Andria Aletrari wearing a safetypin Versace dress, a Gucci bag and Saint Laurent heels
Tastemaker Andria Aletrari wearing a safetypin Versace dress, a Gucci bag and Saint Laurent heels

GO WITH SEPARATES

PRE-PARTY PREPERATION

"I always like to eat something light before going to any party even if I am going to a dinner. You don’t want to spend time fighting with your popping buttons, do you? Plus, the bar is the chicest place to be. One Hendricks & tonic, please!"

MORNING GLORY

"Party season means binge eating, drinking, standing and dancing on 12cm skyscrapers. In the morning, you’ll have some work to do. The first thing I do when I wake up (after my hand mechanically hits the espresso machine) is wash my face with cold water. I then apply an ice cube all over my face followed by a rich hydrating mask. I make sure to drink at least two litres of water during the day. As for my diet, I will definitely try to do fruit and veggies and slow down the carbs . . . for the few hours before the next party at least!"

THE SHOE EDIT