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Alternative Party Outfits To Wear This Christmas

Party season is upon us, and by now, you’ll be inundated with invitations–in various forms–to usher in the festive season. After a year of postponing, rearranging and cancelling our plans, there’s undoubtedly a palpable excitement in the air to give new meaning to Joyeux Noël. With that, proposes a once-familiar dilemma; what does one wear? In contrast to our Zoom-friendly outfits–the flashy top, look-at-me earrings and sweatpant combination–of last Christmas, there is a clear message this event season: dress up. Yet, if actual dresses aren’t your thing, there are still modern alternatives that equally guarantee wardrobe mileage and good-time dressing. Cue a new wave of high-glamour with pieces that take a modernist turn this party season. These styles can slip seamlessly into a wearer’s existing closet whilst promising opportunities to be re-styled for future plans long after New Year’s Eve.

DRESS DOWN SEQUINS

Sequins might seem like an obvious choice for party season, but clichés are clichés for a reason. We just love the appeal of embracing our inner maximalist with pieces that have a combination of sophistication and sparkle. Soften the headiness of sequins by pairing them with touch-me-textures like a relaxed cardigan with nothing underneath or toughen them up with true-blue denim. Just keep in mind, accessories, hair, and makeup should be simple – they’re just playing a supporting role after all.

THE LB-SKIRT

Yes, the LBD is truly a can’t-go-wrong party option, but how about the leather mini? A failsafe piece of clothing that should hold a special place in any wardrobe, the mini skirt has all the influence to instantly elevate a chunky knit or a plain blouse into a noteworthy outfit. There’s something so inherently incredible about this piece that when there’s no time to get ready, you can easily throw one on and instantly feel the best version of yourself. Whether worn bare-legged and with knee-skimming boots or paired with super-sheer tights to accentuate the chic Parisian vibe. The LB-skirt will add a little extra finesse to, ultimately, any look.

AFTER-DARK DENIM

If a great pair of jeans makes you feel more empowered than a party dress, roll with it. There’s a reason why we return to the most hardest-working section of our wardrobes; not only do jeans lend an air of nonchalance when styling, they’re familiarity, as a matter of fact, give us as wearers’ a sense of ease and confidence when walking into a room. If the prospect of venturing out after-dark fills you with dread, look for leg-lengthening flared cuts in dark washes to style with sharp blazers and bandeau tops, or opt for winter whites in a pleated variation that pairs effortlessly with buttoned-down shirting and relaxed leather overshirts. It’s a surefire look that’s cool yet not to try too hard. Trust us, this is an outfit you’ll want to wear throughout December and beyond.

THE ANTI-DRESS

A jumpsuit has long been the antidote for the dress adverse. A one-and-done sartorial piece that allows you to slip on and go without overthinking styling, the jumpsuit is the unsung hero of party season. An alternative to the iconic black dress, look to the jumpsuit as a fierce, figure-elongating classic for nights spent on the dancefloor. So it’s no surprise why Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall often wore them, as did ’70s bombshell Farrah Fawcett. We particularly like to pair tailored iterations tucked into knee-high riding boots, accessorised with jewel-drop earrings. Consider it a blank canvas upon which to build your look on.

NEW WAVE SUITING

Tailoring may not seem the most obvious choice when it comes to dressing up, but suiting has really come into its own this year as a modern alternative. Take style notes from Winona Ryder’s 90’s love affair with deconstructed suits in mauve taupe or all-black, worn nonchalantly over a simple t-shirt. It’s an impactful yet effortless look that will take you from day-to-night. If you gravitate towards a sharper edge, up the ante with a collarless double-breasted blazer fashioned in a sumptuous chocolate brown, with elasticated cuff trousers to match. The cleverly-cut silhouette has all the hallmarks of a power suit yet feels anything but traditional. Allow the outfit to pull focus with minimal jewellery, swept-back hair and if you’re feeling daring, keep the neckline clean by losing the shirt.

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