It's never too early to start thinking about winter party outfits. From October until the end of December, every occasion is deemed party-worthy, with birthdays, milestones, launches, farewell drinks and, of course, the official and unofficial Christmas celebrations circuit. Hanukkah, Diwali and even Halloween have shifted from us wearing costume attire to proper going-out gear. The fun never ends, and your wardrobe needs to keep up.
Sure, you can rise to the event in a different dress each time, but your bank balance won't love you for it, and as we've discussed a million times, sometimes wearing the same clothes on repeat is the coolest thing to do. What you need are some brilliant separates that lend themselves to being dressed up, whether that's with ankle boots, blazers, fancy bags or fabulous earrings.
We've scoured high and low to bring you some inspired takes on winter party dressing to take the hassle out of what should actually be a pretty fun experience. Get scrolling and experimenting at home so that once those invites start filling up your inbox, you'll relish the opportunity to flex your newly formed photo-worthy combinations.
Nothing says effortless like luxe pyjamas. Look for silky shirts trimmed with piping and cropped trousers that look like they could actually be pyjamas (belted jackets also look brilliant with jeans and tees). Co-ords in graphic or floral prints never fail to make an impact, either. Top off with satin court shoes and you'll nail that nonchalant cocktail-party look in a flash.
Forget the rule that states your outfit should only have one statement component—how cool does Ada Kokosar's beaded dress look with her out-there shoes (of her own design, we should add)? Just throw on a polished top (like a smart jacket) to keep everything a little tempered.
Whether it's a leather pencil skirt or a skater split style, the formula of a flirty skirt with a cosy knit is a fail-safe one. Look for thick jumpers that you can pull ever so artfully off the shoulder (like Eva Chen's Christopher Kane version) so you can be the warmest, smuggest one at the party.
Velvet kimonos were around last winter, and the good news is that they're here to stay. Rich, tactile and pretty cosy, look for a style that you can wear on its own and layer over something more casual to get more bang for your buck. We love the way Jessie Bush has paired her Forte Forte kimono with tonal snake-print boots.
Is there anything chicer than an LBD topped with a structured blazer? Lauren Santo Domingo knows the formula well, which is why she topped her asymmetric gown with a double-breasted piece of checked tailoring. Simple but dazzlingly effective.
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