House parties go with New Year's Eve like sausages go with bacon: They're an inevitability of the festive season. The only problem, however, with this type of do is that you can spend hours agonising over what to wear. But there's good news when it comes to the house party–there are no rules on how to dress for such an event. This is mainly because the practical factor has been taken out of the equation. You needn't worry about sensible footwear or clothing, all you need to do is to make sure you look as fabulous or as comfortable as possible. If you want to wear sparkly boots, that's totally fine. But then again, if you're just as happy in jeans, then that's fine too. If you're still stuck on what to wear, we've got seven rules to follow, as well as outfit ideas to nab, from some of our favourite influencers. Keep scrolling on how to dress for a house party and feel incredible.
#1: Wear impractical heels
Style Notes: One of the greatest things about a house party is that you don't have to consider footwear, especially if you're getting a taxi. Instead of pulling on your trusty ankle boots that might not make you feel super special on NYE, get out those strappy sandals that you've been desperate to wear.
This editor has just nabbed a pair of these and can confirm they are both festive and comfortable.
#2: Try out trends you're unsure of
Style Notes: Not everyone feels comfortable trying out new trends for the first time, but one of the best places to do that is at a house party. Here's why: You can go for trousers that are potentially controversial and then take a seat or hide behind a plant if you don't want to feel too conspicuous.
If you're not wearing vinyl right now, why not?
#3: Opt for summer dresses
Style Notes The beauty of going to a cosy, warm house during the winter period is that you can wear a summer dress and no one will bat an eyelid. Just make sure you have a decent winter coat to keep you warm as you travel to your destination.
Yep, this is a great layering option as well. Wear over jeans and a roll-neck.
#4: Go completely casual
Style Notes: Who says you have to go all-out for a house party? Another reason these festive dos are so great is that you can go totally casual and it's totally acceptable.
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#5: Put on your favourite pair of jeans
Style Notes: So what if everyone is wearing a party dress? You can still wear a chic pair of jeans and your favourite pair of heels and feel and look amazing.
The shoes from Mango everyone is wearing right now.
#6: Pyjamas are acceptable
Style Notes: PJs are no longer restricted to the bedroom, and where else is more appropriate to wear them than at a house party?
And no one will judge you if you fall asleep after a few lemonades.
#7: Looking super fancy is totally cool
Style Notes: Not into the casual thing? Then fear not, as a house party is exactly when you can go all-out. If you're hosting, then even better, as it's the perfect opportunity to make a statement with a showstopping dress and a pair of sparkly boots.
The ultimate party footwear.
Want more ideas? These 42 party dresses are guaranteed showstoppers.