The Party Dress Detox, Inspired by Lily Donaldson

It's all too easy to get trapped in a cycle of wearing dresses all the time because it's like putting on an instant outfit. Looks centered around trousers take a little more putting together (Solange nails it), and with that one runs the risk of over-styling things with too many elements (like the unnecessary stole or overzealous layering). We got you.

Here to save the day with a steady and elegant spin on androgyny, we've found three of Lily Donaldson's recent outfits that have an approachable and awesome fashion formula to follow for the party season. If you've got dress fatigue already, and yet your social diary is jam-packed full of inked-in social dates, fear not…

Scroll down to shop Lily's three party season outfits, powered by trousers!

What to Wear: Lunch Then Drinks


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On Lily Donaldson: Saint Laurent Monogramme Clutch Bag (£950).

Style Notes: Channeling Kate Moss in her sprayed-on black skinny jeans and smart tux, model Lily Donaldson demonstrates how to construct the perfect laid-back luxe outfit that will take you from power lunch to party'o'clock. Clever.

What to Wear: Formal Event


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Style Notes: For a slick, cool-girl vibe, swap a cocktail dress for a fitted jumpsuit and top off the look with a cropped jacket if you're hopping between venues. Statement brooch (worn at the very edge of the shoulder as an unexpected style twist) optional.

What to Wear: Downtown Party


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On Lily Donaldson: Puma Suede Classic Trainers (£55)

Style Notes: If your Christmas or New Year's Eve party is located in the middle of the urban jungle—E1 or beyond—then play a game of fashion opposites: contrast a chic furry coat with your love-worn suede trainers. Go heavy on the kohl eye makeup, and tousle that hair. That's Lily's way to tomboy sexy—and not a dress in sight.


Do you wear dresses more than trousers? Let us know in the comments below.