What to wear for Party Season
It’s almost that time of year again – the party season. It’s the season when shop windows are full of evening dresses and costume-like pieces which half of us will never find a suitable occasion to wear them on. Non-the less, eye catching sequins, white angel-like palettes and shiny metallic fabrics draw us in and everybody seems to go mad for party fashion. We all know that life isn’t one big party and contrary to what fashion magazines and shop window displays portray during the festive season, you probably won’t be nonstop partying for the next four weeks. But – for the times when you will be celebrating the festive season, you need to know how to take centre stage. Ladies, this season, don’t be shy – step into the limelight.
Keep it pure
Party fashion would not stand out from other trends without its signature colour, white. For a modern twist you may choose cream, the key is to keep your outfit light. The easiest way to work a white palette is through texture and clean cut fabric. Think tuxedos, feather collars, silver sequin clutch bags and lace. Or just anything white. River Island has a faux fur gillet, £60 and a white tuxedo style jacket, £65. Parting from your timeless classic – the little black dress and swapping it for a little white one is a must this season. Topshop has a romantic open-back-skater dress by Rare, £35 in white and a white lace panel tunic dress, £38 which is in one word: beautiful. All in white pieces signify power, independence and class. Isn’t this what we women are all about? White is a lot more sweetheart and bourgeois than other colours so make a statement with this colour this season.
Light up the room
You only have to walk past a shop window display to discover that sequins are a girl’s best friend this season. Dresses, shirts and skirts are dripping with them. And quite rightly to. Sequins are the perfect addition to any party outfit. They will dazzle anybody you come into contact with and the girl who sparkles at the party is the girl everybody wants to get to know. To pull this trend off think of nothing but disco fever. Topshop has many sequined dresses including an eye-catching red sequin bow dress, and a sequined drape front dress in gold both £65 by Rare. This season’s statement pieces are show stopping and made to astonish so don’t worry if you think you’re going over the top a little – the more dazzle your outfit has the better.
They’re not called futuristic fabrics for no reason. Metallic fabrics really are the future this season. With fabrics that shine you can really get into the party mood. Metallic fabrics are a Christmas staple this year so check out Topshop’s metallic gold leather skirt, £50 or New Look’s embellished gold Body Con dress, £39.99, available at flag ships stores or online only. New Look also has a metallic Jacquard Puffball dress, £29.99. You can get 20% off full priced items online at New Look by entering 20NOVTREAT at the checkout so you can now get your shine on for less.
Back to black
Fall and winter often sees a return to black. I’m afraid this season is no different but the key is to give it a fetish twist. Black and red work well together. It’s a fact. So the only lipstick to compliment your gothic look should be red. Rimmel do a deep red lipstick in shade 1 which is long lasting and priced at only £5.49, and it can be found in Rimmel’s Kate Moss range available at both Boots and Superdrug. Lace and silk are also good together and should be teamed up with a faux-fur jacket or gillet. New Look has a shawl collar faux fur coat in black, £49.99. Leather should not be left out of this trend. River Island is right on trend with its see-through black leather collar shirt, £40 and its black lace insert shirt, £30. Jewellery should be two things: long and black. Topshop has a premium, gunmetal tassel necklace, £70. It’s a little pricey but it will complete any gothic look and it’s just… well, brilliant. Put the necklace along with Topshop’s black feather Chandelier earrings, £15 on your Christmas list and step over to the dark side.
Images courtesy of Topshop and RiverIsland