Here's How to Master Party Dressing If You're a Minimalist

If like us, you've been keeping a beady eye on the new-in sections of your favourite online stores, you'll know that when it comes to party dressing, this season it's all about being "extra." The '80s reigns supreme and is manifesting in so many of the occasion-wear collections dropping right now via thigh-grazing hemlines, oversized bow detailing, power shoulders and velvet fabrics.

While these statement-making pieces will certainly pack a punch, for some people, this is their idea of fashion hell. While I wouldn't consider myself a total minimalist, I do tend to err on the side of simplicity, so over the last month or so, I've been searching for alternative party pieces for those who live by the mantra "less is more" in the wardrobe department.

Interestingly, I struggled to find many inspo pics on Instagram for minimalist partywear (I guess head-to-toe sequins and feather-trim translates better to the 'gram), so I decided to create my own outfits. I didn't want to be too sombre in my approach—party season is nothing but a moment to celebrate, after all—so I've tried to incorporate the odd pop of print or paintbox bright. The result is, hopefully, four simple yet chic get-ups that minimalists will happily throw-on for the festive season. Scroll down to shop the looks.

1. Puff-Sleeved Top + Jeans + Strappy Sandals

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Style Notes: If you're someone who lives in jeans, try adding a party top and earrings as an easy way to elevate your failsafe staple. A pop of colour feels festive without looking too OTT.

2. White Suit + Printed Shoes

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Style Notes: Channel your inner Bianca Jagger with a white suit. This two-piece from Max Mara will look so good with a Shrimps pearl bag and a cheeky hit of snake print via Charles & Keiths' mules. 

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Style Notes: When it comes to minimalist event dressing, you really can't go wrong with a simple black dress. A drawstring bag will add a little 2019 sparkle, as will a pair of classic gold hoops. 

4. Slip Skirt + Colour-Match Jumper

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Style Notes: Minimalists needn't restrict their looks to just black or white. Tonal dressing is both an on-trend and straight-forward to channel a more pared-back party look. A satin slip and fitted roll-neck make for an unexpectedly winning pairing.