It is party time.
And it’s time to party. The festive season is here and I don’t mind admitting I love it. Do we ever need an excuse to dress up? Not really, but if we did now would be the moment.
Party dressing is always the one that gets you thinking. It’s easy to over complicate and worry about “what to wear’ or “whether it is suitable” when choosing party clothes. There are levels of “party” from the full-blown gala to the discreet black tie dinner. Most of the time a beautiful classic will take you everywhere; it is simply a question of the length and the accessories.
Party dresses work for me in mid-calf or full length. The mini has long since been a good friend to me and these days I find the longer lengths, especially in more formal wear, to be the more flattering choice. Covering up can be even sexier; leaving something to the imagination is an “oldie but a goldie”. As far as I can see it works every time.
How To Choose The Perfect Party Dress?
For a start, let’s not over complicate matters.
Think style, aspire to elegance and the choices will become easy. Stay with classic fabrics and plains; it is never boring. How an outfit is interpreted is where personal signature plays the lead role.
When working with a strict budget invest in the timeless and leave the overly fussy and very intricate for another day. Those kinds of party time dresses are for wardrobes that know no bounds.
The same can be said for colour.
Black, nude and navy are timeless buys and can be worn repeatedly with a different set of jewellery or a change of shoes. As much as the vibrant colours, pastel shades and wild floral are tempting, I tend to steer away when it comes to the more formal. The party dresses I have are few and I want them to be less identifiable so I can wear them year upon year.
It’s party time of the year. Shall we? xv
Party Time: The Edit
show the legs
bare the shoulders
graze the floor
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