Fantastic Dress Styles To Rock Your Party Season
As the party season approaches, it’s time to do an inventory of your wardrobe. Be honest. How prepared are you for the onslaught of the busiest time in your social calendar? Does your wardrobe have what it takes to survive the fast and furious partying of December, or does it lack a certain ‘something?’
If you are having doubts about sourcing the perfect dress for the work bash or the ideal gown for a Christmas ball, read on for guidance, tips and insights on what to wear to rock your party season.
The old friend
The reliable, go-to party dress for many women is the little black dress. Available in a million variables, the LBD makes a wise choice when attending parties where the terrain is somewhat unknown. The little black dress is a sassy tradition in women’s fashion that has enduring appeal. It is so versatile, can be dressed up or down with costume jewellery and accessories but will always look glamorous, elegant and flattering. In short, it won’t scare the horses – so when in doubt, play safe but sexy, with the faithful but flirty LBD. It could be a pretty halter-neck, empire line robe or sequinned skater style – choose something that hugs your contours and puts a smile on your face. A relaxed, happy party girl is the one that attracts the most compliments.
Getting noticed on the dance floor won’t be a problem if you pull a silver or gold dress off the hanger. Magnificent metallics always draw the eye, so if grabbing the attention of that special someone is on the agenda, shimmer and shine to the max. It doesn’t matter if you look like a walking glitter-ball, it’s party season and you are expected to push the limits. For women’s fashion that causes a stir, take some risks with different silhouettes and fabrics – floaty kimonos are everywhere right now and there’s always room on the dance floor for tube dresses, body-con confections and sleek cocktail styles – take your pick.
Invitations to formal events often hit the doormat in party season, so make sure you are prepared with a traffic-stopping gown to wear. Channel red carpet starlets and opt for floor length, slinky styles that simply say ‘superstar.’ Decide whether you want to go sleeveless, backless or even shoulder-less – one of the hottest trends in party dresses right now is the one-shoulder design. Lace, chiffon and soft, ruched jersey always flatter in full length gowns. Intricate embroidery, bead-work and sequins are all strong elements in a formal look and will set you apart from the crowd.
Vintage in vogue
At the moment you can’t really go wrong if you select a party dress with vintage overtones. Much of the high street and online fashion retailers are echoing this trend in their styles, and because in days gone by they really knew how to party, the dresses are stunning. Retro 1950s gowns with petticoats and gorgeous bodices always work, likewise 1960s hourglass minis in geometric textiles with all the accessories will turn heads.
Once you have decided upon the dress, enhance your look with perfectly chosen accessories. Feet are in focus with some interesting choices for party girls with attitude. You want your feet to be comfortable because you’ll be dancing a lot, so go for a pair of glittery, fizzy flats that combine comfort with chic. Alternatively, high heeled ankle boots are popular – grab styles in glassy patent shades or sequinned lovelies that put your feet at the front-end of shoe chic. For the daringly fashion-forward, spangly, accessorised socks teamed with strappy sandals have been seen recently at hipster hotspots.
Costume jewellery is your best friend when you need to bling up a simple, stylish dress. Chandelier earrings that catch the light, bejewelled headbands, sequinned sashes, wrist cuffs and long, languid strings of pearls all push a wonderful outfit into the wow zone. A clutch bag that mirrors your outfit is useful for lippy and scent, but consider the serious party girl’s handbag of choice, the tiny shoulder bag slung across her chest – leaving hands free for drinks and busting the best dance moves.
Everyone wants to look like a Christmas cracker in the party season, and that includes you. For guaranteed glamour and plenty of mistletoe action, try on one of these dress styles for size. Like gift wrap around the perfect present, the right dress is the secret to a party season that rocks – so step up and get ready to take centre stage…