Let’s do some quick maths. Christmas is exactly five weeks away which means the party season is upon us and I for one could not be more excited. Finally, the rest of the world is going to catch up to being a little extra! I adore the party season, it’s a lovely excuse to catch up with your nearest and dearest while having a fabulous time. I’ve been planning my party outfits for months and I’ve put together the best party dress edit to see you through the festive season.
At this time of year, it’s really handy to have a solid party dress rotation. I’ve been working on my work Christmas party outfit for months. The theme is the 90s and I’ve meticulously saving inspiration to my board since September. That’s ‘the big one’ for this season but I have a diary choc-full of smaller parties, dinners and get-togethers.
Before I share my edit, I have a big caveat. You don’t need to buy anything new. We live in an age of overconsumption where we feel we need to buy a new outfit for every occasion. This simply isn’t true and your first port of call should always be your own wardrobe. I bet it’s full of dozens of dresses you’ve only worn a handful of times. I hold my hand up to this and in an effort to be more sustainable, I always comb through my wardrobe before even opening a new browser window to start shopping.
However, if you are in the market for a new outfit, here’s my party dress edit guaranteed to see you through every party, dinner and shindig this festive season:
We’re not quite done! I also wanted to share some tried-and-tested party season tips to help you make it through in one piece:
- Zhush up an old dress with new accessories. I love pearls and headbands for AW19
- Take a pair of flats. Your feet will thank you later.
- The easiest way to go from day to evening is throwing a jumper over your dress for daytime then shimmying it off and adding a bold lip.
- Go for comfort over aesthetics. Once, I wore a Vivienne Westwood corset dress to a black-tie ball and I could barely eat my three-course meal. Love yourself, be comfortable.
- If you have time, book in to get your hair or makeup done. This always makes me feel confident and less frazzled.
Dress by ASOS | Shoes by River Island (past season)
Photography by Kylie Eyra.