It’s the most wonderful time of the year and a time when, granted, gifting should sit at the forefront of our minds, but it’s also party season and deciding what to wear for that is just as fun. Instead of waiting until the last minute and indulging in a panic buy this season, why not take a slightly more considered approach and start to build your own personal evening collection? Our curated checklist will offer something for every occasion and it boasts items that promise not only to remain relevant until spring but for many-a winter to come.
Consider this your one-stop guide to a party-season wardrobe that’s fully prepped for any invite that might come your way
1. THE NEW TAKE ON THE BLACK DRESS
The black dress is the ultimate capsule wardrobe hero but it’s time to think outside the box and work something a little less classic into the mix for any soirées that might be on the agenda. The season’s penchant for texture and specifically, for devoré detailing, is never more relevant than after dark and the Lulan cocktail dress is a case in point. Add a little festive slant with metallic heels and high-gloss accessories.
2. THE TUX BLAZER
Whether you’ve got a particular occasion in mind or not, there’s no better time to invest in a velvet blazer than pre-festive season. Timeless, elegant and ever-so-slightly androgynous, it’s the pinnacle of an effortlessly elevated look and it works to bring a little luxe texture to simplistic tailored silhouettes. Dare to bare and style it with little layered underneath or keep things reserved and add a high-neck blouse in contradictory satin.
3. THE MUTED METALLIC TOP
Metallics are forever in focus come party season but whilst some can appear (dare we say it?) a little brash when imagined in hues that shine so bright that they can’t be missed, it’s more muted, subtle tones that we champion for now. The Maja wrap top comes in a gunmetal hue that’s just as versatile as black and can be worn in lieu of your go-to monochromatic shirting. Wear it now to lend looks a relevant spin that works both by day and during the evening.
4. THE 80s INSPIRED JUMPSUIT
Nothing spells retro revival like a well-cut jumpsuit but there’s something timeless about an all-black style that’s at once fashion-focused and sophisticated. Jackpot. The Imie could be separates when you look at it – it’s designed with a low-cut satin wrap top and contrasting tailored trousers, but it’s got all the ease of a one-piece and it’s arguably one of the most effortless ways to make an impact.
5. THE TROPHY BAG
If you’re the kind of person who can’t be dealing with the after-work outfit change but you still want to feel like you’ve dressed up a little, then make accessories your calling card for minimum effort, optimum impact. Adding just one trophy bag to your rotation can make all the difference; simply decant your absolute essentials, add a touch of dramatic eyeliner or a slash of red lipstick and switch corporate courts for a stiletto to transform and update sharp tailoring.
6. THE SATIN SHOES
Satin holds transformative powers and they lie within its soft, high-shine sensibility, which is why a pair of satin shoes makes the perfect accompaniment to just about any party season look. For understated cool, wear them as the sole stand-out attribute with separates that are otherwise beautifully muted; black wide-leg trousers and a satin wrap-top work perfectly. If there’s a reason the phrase ‘party feet’ came about, then this is it.