As the end of year approaches and your social calendar starts to overflow, you’re probably staring into your wardrobe wondering how to dress for party season and what on earth you’re going to wear to all those events. Before you RSVP to another invitation (and wage war on your closet), figure out what sorts of occasions you’ll be attending, ask yourself what makes you feel most confident, and explore the latest occasion styles. From evening dresses to tailored suits, here are five curated outfits to celebrate in.
Model wears the Broderie Anglaise Maxi Dress
Model wears the Leila Jacket and Pant in White
The mini dress is quite a chameleon — it’s in its element at the beach, and right at home on the dance floor. This versatility makes the mini dress perfect for casual summer occasions like backyard barbecues and afternoon drinks that often go late into the evening. When it comes to finding the perfect style for party season, opt for a dress with a beautiful texture like broderie anglaise, a flattering silhouette, or a bold colour.
For those who gravitate towards a tailored pant over a full skirt, or if you simply want to change up your sartorial signature look, why not dress up in a suit? Soft tailoring exudes confidence and feminine appeal without the need to put on a party dress. Style a tailored blazer and coordinating pant in timeless black or white, then just add a camisole or rib tank and strappy sandals. Need a multi-tasking outfit? Consider this your go-to when you’ve got an event after work.
The day-to-evening dress
You can never go wrong with a great day-to-evening dress. Throw on a classic black dress or a white summer style and you’ll instantly feel ready for wherever the occasion takes you, from garden soirees to work events and formal dinners. A midi dress is the ideal length when dressing for both day and night — you don’t need a floor-sweeping gown to look elegant! — and if the weather’s hot and humid, a breathable fabric is essential… think beautiful French flax linen.
Denim deserves a place in your party season rotation. Denim jeans are a fabulous option for dinner dates and get-togethers when you want to feel confident and cool (not decked out in your most glamorous garb). The key to pulling off a denim occasion look is all in how you style it. Pair a silk camisole, a tailored blazer and leather sandals with your jeans — a slim silhouette or flared ankle cut are classic options.
The sleek silk set
There’s no denying the effortless elegance of a silk top and pant styled together. Whether in a coordinating pattern or lustrous single-colour combination, asilk set is a modern alternative to the silk evening dress, and its inherent ease makes it perfect for wearing to multiple events. Dinner with friends, drinks with colleagues, festive season functions — a silk set will see you shine through them all.
Model wears Ena Silk Shirt in Black with Italian Jacquard Stripe Pant
Models wear Ena Silk Pant, Short and Dress in Limestone