We’re now in the full throes of what the world likes to call ‘party season.’ And God help our wardrobes. It’s honestly bad enough trying to decipher what our Friday night outfits might be, let alone our every-night’s-a-party looks. And while we’re but a week away from The Main Event, we’re yet to face countless Christmas parties and, of course, NYE.
While we’d be the first advocates of the benefits of a brilliant party frock, we can’t help but feel like we’d also like to liberate our most enthusiastic dance moves this year, in ways that would render a dress inappropriate. On a slightly more basic level, we’d also like to mix it up, and perhaps pull a sartorial surprise on our friends when they expect us to turn up in that LBD we always wear.
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So, step forward after-dark tailoring. While we reference Prada’s AW15 catwalk as the perfect parade of party suits, let’s explain exactly why you’ll thank us for bringing you these nifty little numbers.
First up to illustrate our point perfectly is one Natalie Dormer. The Game Of Thrones star absolutely smashed it in her bright red combo, pairing it with a plunging black top, proving the sheer power of colour blocking (that well known verb). We found a scarlet tribute to her Issa suit from Lavish Alice, while Asos has a dark green version to complete the festive colour scheme. The best bit about this two-piece? You can dress it down for the office and switch up your shoes when it’s time to hit the bar. How long will it be until that can happen?
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Our next source of inspiration comes from Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley. Showcasing her high fash credentials, Daisy’s Dior co-ord is part of the brand’s Resort 2016 collection and is, quite frankly, sensational. The girl pulls off a print with aplomb, encouraging us to hunt down our own patterned pairing.
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Try Topshop’s jacquard trousers with matching blazer; button the jacket and wear on its own with sky-high heels for nighttime, or tuck in your trusty polo neck and rock with loafers by day. See what we mean? Versatile.
Lastly, and because we’re so generous, we thought we’d give you die-hard dress fans an option, too. Obviously, Dior has to be the ultimate champion of the tuxedo dress. But when we clocked Alexa Chung in her Balmain x H&M beauty at the launch party for the high street range, we knew we’d forever regret not queuing outside H&M for 14 hours in search of Alexa’s own frock (or maybe not). However, our eagle eyes have spotted a few high street interpretations, much to your delight we’re sure.
If you’re wearing with black tights, put on your disco platforms, but if you’re braving the bare legs (rather you than us) then opt for simple ankle strap block heels.
You’ll be the coolest girl at the party.