With party season drawing near, you may already have a couple of upcoming events in your calendar that you’re wondering what to wear for. It never hurts to update your wardrobe with something special, so with this in mind, we’ve gathered our favourite pieces for every occasion that’s coming up, whether it’s an intimate dinner party with your nearest and dearest or a sophisticated black tie event.
The dinner party
Upping your style for your next dinner party doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pull out your little black dress. For a laidback, elegant twist on dinner party style, we’ve gone for this shirt from Together, complete with a gold foil print. The best thing about this shirt is that it can be dressed up or down depending on the dress code of the event; you can wear it with black skinny jeans for an impromptu gathering with the girls, or for something a bit more formal, you can style it with a maxi skirt and heels.
We love it layered over these pleated velvet trousers from Michele Hope for a sumptuous clash of textures. With their elasticated waistband, it’s easy to tuck the shirt in or leave it loose, and it’ll ensure you stay comfy throughout the evening when you’re sitting down.
To complete the look, opt for these effortless suede court shoes from Peter Kaiser. Their low block heels keep it relaxed and comfortable but still modern, and they’ll elevate the ensemble with a rich pop of colour. Finish it off with this friendship bracelet from Bibi Bijoux, which adds an intricate touch with its detailed charms. A gathering with friends has never looked so chic!
The cocktail party
When it’s cocktail hour, it’s time to go bolder. Ditch the usual dress for something a bit more on-trend with this slinky jumpsuit from Kim & Co. Its crushed velvet fabric catches the light and makes it the star of the show, so all you need to do is pair it with some shoes and your favourite jewellery for a truly modern outfit.
Style it with sandals to keep the look bang up to date. We love these strappy ones from Moda in Pelle with their chic stud details and block heels, which won’t hurt your feet like stilettos so you can keep dancing all night long.
This bold look calls for sparkle, and nothing makes a statement like this diamond-encrusted necklace from Lola Rose. It’s an investment piece that will take you through the entire season and beyond.
The black tie event
OK, so you might not be going to a ball, but if you’re looking to pull out all the stops, nothing screams sophistication like a gown. The Leia dress from Hobbs is the surprisingly-versatile number we’ve got our eye on: it has a simple, timeless design to show off its quality fabric, so it’s perfect to dress up or down, whether you’re attending a winter wedding or a special birthday party.
It works beautifully with kitten heels, but we love it with classic black court shoes. These ones from Peter Kaiser set it off perfectly because the frill detail at the back counteracts the simplicity of the dress and gives it that extra something.
To elevate your look with a modern twist, statement earrings are just the thing to balance out this classic outfit. We’ve gone for these drop earrings from Lola Rose, which finish the look with a sleek, contemporary touch. We also love this sequin-adorned clutch bag from Moda in Pelle to give the outfit a bit of sparkle. With this look, go as bold as you like – there’s no rules about paring back when it comes to an event this dressy!
Shop an entire look or mix and match these fabulous party picks to get heads turning your way at your next event. For more inspiration, shop our Partywear edit here.