Think about it; you spend weeks searching the shops for the perfect party piece, which invariably is a bigger investment than usual and almost always more beautiful than most of your wardrobe, only to wear it once – feel like a million dollars – then relegate it to the back of the wardrobe until the festive season rolls around again next year.

A great dress isn’t just for Christmas!

Leaving that gorgeous sequin dress or little black cocktail dress to languish alone and unworn once the champagne has run dry at the New Year’s parties is sartorial sacrilege, especially when one failsafe equation can stretch the cost-per-wear of the festive season’s chicest pieces, too.

So, when the Christmas party is over and the clock has chimed well past midnight on New Year’s Eve, don’t bury your festive favourites in the back of your wardrobe. Instead, think one part dressy and two parts casual.

Wear your sequins with slouchy knits and boots, layering a chunky grey knit sweater over a gunmetal silver sequin dress like this one from Ralph Lauren.

Add a leather jacket to your slinky cocktail dress, like this red flounce sleeve style from Michael Kors, adding trainers for a sports-luxe edge or even loafers for a vintage feel.

Wear your glitziest handbag and skyscraper-high heels with distressed denim jeans and a simple white shirt; the perfect Saturday night look on any weekend of the year.

Two parts casual to one part dressy; it’s the failsafe equation that will guarantee you get more wear from your party pieces this winter.

Shop the perfect party pieces for the festive season (and beyond!) now at Robinsons of Bawtry, where we are open 7 days a week, plus late on Thursdays, in the run up to your most fashionable Christmas yet.