The After-Dark Edit

March 23, 2016
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Well, it’s almost that time again. Our calendars are filling up by the second and we’re about to go from “very busy” to “really very busy”. We can only be talking about one thing:

The party season.

And before that sends you off into a state of panic at the thought of all the things you haven’t yet purchased, fear not. Our After-Dark Edit has your party outfit covered. From sequins to stilettos, here’s all you need to make an entrance and shine on this festive season.

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The Dress

Of course, this is where all great party looks begin. Whether you opt for a shimmery cocktail dress or a classic LBD, it’s important to find the perfect frock for you. You want something that looks good, but that you also feel great in. And although you obviously want to feel confident in your dress, don’t be afraid to try something outside of your comfort zone. The party season is a special time of year, so you should feel special too.

Sequins or shimmery fabrics instantly scream party, and it’s really the only time of year you can get away with wearing these sort of numbers. So go wild! Gold and silver are obvious options, but why not rock a sequinned dress in bottle green or burnt orange? Injecting a vibrant hue will ensure you stand out from the crowd, turning heads for all the right reasons.

That said, you can’t beat a monochrome palette when it comes to your party outfit. Nothing says chic more than wearing black, white and grey at a black tie event, and the best part is you can get away with wearing these pieces time after time. You can’t go wrong with a classic LBD, but you could also give yours a contemporary update by opting for a structured design with a boxy silhouette.

If you’re after an alternative to a dress, another option would be to wear a sharp blazer over a lightweight shirt or blouse, teamed with cigarette pants and towering heels. The epitome of effortless style.

The Final Touches

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So you’ve got the tough part out the way, now it’s time to focus on the all-important finishing touches. A classic pair of kitten heels is perfect for keeping it simple, but opt for a pair with sequins or embellished details for a party-ready vibe. To take an on-trend approach to your party footwear, put your best foot forward with a pair of chunky block-heeled wedges in a 70s-inspired shade of suede, such as burgundy or tan.

Finally, tie your look together off with a trending clutch and decadent jewellery. A pewter clutch is perfect for a party outfit, whether you’ve gone all-out monochrome or shimmery disco queen. A statement necklace could make or break your look, although this year it’s also all about paring your necklace back to none. A flash of neckline alone will speak volumes alongside the right dress and heels.

Shine on, ladies. It’s party time….

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