The shops are full of sequins, bars are crowded with jovial office workers – it can only mean one thing: party season is in full swing.
Whether you’re attending a quiet dinner with colleagues, a swanky soiree with clients or a house party hosted by close friends, you need to make sure that you’re dressed appropriately. Choosing the perfect outfit for each occasion thrown up by the party season doesn’t have to be difficult – you just need to pay attention to the dress code and work from there. These suggestions for party ensembles will ensure that you’re the belle (or beau) of the ball.
If the dress code is smart casual, keep it simple. You can be really creative here: just avoid jeans and trainers. For him, a pair of chinos and a white shirt worn under a V-neck jumper is cool and classic. For her, a tea dress worn with thick tights and kitten heels always looks cute. Keep your makeup fairly neutral: similar to what you’d wear during the day at the office.
One dress code that slips onto invitations at this time of year is festive, but don’t make the classic rookie error – it’s not an excuse to pull out that Rudolph jumper knitted by Gran! Instead, dress in bright colours and opt for decadent fabrics. For men, colourful silk ties and shirts are always a good bet. For her, choose luxurious materials like crushed velvet in jewel colours. Think red, gold, emerald green and deep blue. It’s a great opportunity to bring out the costume jewellery too.
Black tie is the easiest occasion to dress for if you’re a man: a sharp tuxedo and a black tie (what else?) and you’re all set. For the ladies, it needs to be a little bit more elaborate. Full-length gowns are generally expected, although you may be able to get away with a shorter length in some cases. This season it’s all about lace, so look for a style with lace detailing on the sleeves and bodice. Team with an up-do (you might need to pop into your hairdresser to get it right), killer heels and statement jewellery. Or how about a Deco look as above, classic it really doesn’t date, lots of flattering little black dress options too. Its a good idea to have a classic well cut plain dress in your wardrobe, change it up each wear with accessories, better for the bank balance in the long run too.