Christmas party fashion: the same-dress dilemma

Christmas party blunders can come in a whole variety of guises, from getting off with the host’s husband to throwing up in her best vase. But, as revealed by the results of a recent survey of women aged 20-30, carried out by leading online fashion retailer, there's one thing that all women fear: the same-dress catastrophe. 

Bar Refaeli & Megan Fox

Over half of women said that bumping into someone at a Christmas bash who's dressed in an identical outfit would be the ultimate social embarrassment. Megan Fox and Miley Cyrus are just one pair of celebs who have turned up at posh Hollywood events wearing matching frocks. But whereas the professionals more often than not simply cuddle up and strike a pose on the red carpet, it’s not quite so easy to see the funny side knowing you may have to face the person in question in the supermarket the following weekend. With a quarter of those questioned also admitting to spending days tracking down perfect party dresses, it’s easy to see why they might find this scenario so upsetting.

One way to avoid such social faux pas is to try to stand out from the crowd. Although many of the women surveyed did appear to share similar fashion tastes – with 6 in 10 favouring midi-length dresses over minis and maxis and the same proportion citing a pair of killer heels as their ultimate Christmas accessory – there are many easy ways to make a statement. Liven up a simple black dress with flashes of bright and beautiful accessories, or wear red or a statement print rather than classic black to really make a splash. 

Luckily, the fear of coming face to face with an identical dress twin at a party doesn’t seem to be too much of a deal-breaker. A very respectable 6 out of 10 claim that getting dressed to impress is a key part of the fun of going out, with a similar number even willing to run a similar risk in the future by recycling an old outfit. If the worst does happen, there's no need to either fight or take flight. Just smile sweetly, safe in the knowledge of being one of two people united by good taste.

Which is a lot more than can be said for those favouring the elf ears and Santa hats… 

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