Posted on: November 10, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

It goes without saying that we don’t need to wait until December to dress up for a special occasion, but there’s something about the darker days and chillier nights that signifies the start of the real party season. After two years spent in lockdown we had a lot of making up to do last winter, so 2023 is first Christmas and New Year’s Eve that the pressure is off and we can kick off our heels and enjoy spending the evenings with our nearest and dearest, but what exactly do we wear

As soon as the cold snap kicked in we’ve been cosying up in sensible layers of cashmere and wool coats, so it’s about time we talked about the trends that are really getting us excited for the months ahead—what to wear to parties. And haven’t we deserved it? “When I wear an outfit that I love, it instantly puts me in a good mood,” says Sarah Ashcroft, founder of occasionwear brand SLA the Label. “At SLA we design clothes to make memories in—clothing that gives you the feeling that you’re getting dressed up for something special. People are enjoying going all out!”

And go “all out” we are, as the right outfit has the power to help us walk a little taller, add Thora Valdimars and Jeanette Madsen, Creative Directors of ROTATE. “In the early days, we noticed a gap in the market for sexy dresses and felt the need for women to embrace their sensuality and take centre stage in their lives. It’s our personal belief, and what sets our brand apart.”

So if you’re ready to switch off from work and harness your inner party animal, rest assured, there are plenty of stylish ways to celebrate the season that don’t include Christmas jumpers. “I’ve noticed that sparkles and lace are huge trends right now,” adds Ashcroft. “I think we’ve seen the popularity of glitter and diamanté styles really grow since 2022, and now sparkles are everywhere, especially dresses. Lace is also always a huge winter trend but this year I think it’s more fun and perhaps a little more risqué, and brown is also having a moment. I love that it offers a new take on classic black styles, and it’s super flattering for all skin tones as it’s the perfect rich, autumnal shade that looks super expensive.”

So, after taking notes from the experts and scouting socials and street style, we’ve come up with a comprehensive list of the seven party wear trends that you’re going to see at every celebration this year. Hint: there is no tinsel, and definitely no slogan tees, instead these are the timeless looks we’re happy to sport this season and the next. But whatever your approach to party dressing, we have a feeling you’ll find at least one piece you’ll love below. See you on the dancefloor. 

Style Notes: The LBD has reached icon status for its sheer versatility (and we’re firm believers that there isn’t an event it won’t work for), but for those in the know there is a chic new alternative, the long brown dress, and it’s just as polished as it’s simple counterpart. The sheer elegance of the dress has convinced us—chocolate brown is the luxe new colour trend we’ve been waiting for, and it pairs exceptionally well with the other major colour trends of the season: hot red and charcoal grey. 

Pure perfection. 

Just wait until the light hits this showstopper. 

Looking for designer partywear that turns heads? Start with 16Arlington.

Proof that cocktail dresses don’t need to be sparkly minis. 

This looks as good with jeans and loafers for day as it does with a skirt and sandals for evening. 

How to master desk-to-dinner dressing.

Style Notes: Okay, you might not be surprised to see velvet on this list, but it stands the test of time for very good reason. After all, what other winter party piece looks this good and keeps you warm too? Black velvet dresses are a classic, but this year we’ve spotted plenty of sumptuous separates too, so you can mix and match your look in a way that feels entirely new and still meets the dress code. 

You could wear this halterneck top with tailored trousers, mini skirts, maxi skirts, jeans—the possibilities are endless. 

Rixo’s bestselling Clarice dress now comes in strokeably soft velvet. What’s not to love?

Tell me you didn’t think that this was designer. 

BRB, just copying this entire outfit for Christmas day hosting. 

Simplicity never goes out of style, so you’ll wear an easy dress like this for years to come. 

Style Notes: We have Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli and Director Greta Gerwig to thank for the ludicrously huge trend that was last year’s “Barbie” pink, but we aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to this feel-good shade quite yet. Sure, we’ve dabbled in buttermilk yellow and we’re happily introducing bright reds to our wardrobe, but there’s something about the frivolity of pretty pinks that are perfect for a season best spent having fun. Channel your inner Barbie girl in head-to-toe shades of blush, bubblegum and fuchsia, or add a pop of colour to a simple look with a pink shoe or handbag. 

A dose of sparkle and the perfect pink? Sign us up.

Such a good shade for every skin tone. 

You don’t need to spend three figures to look like you did. 

True romance.

Imagine how good this would look with sharp tailoring. 

Just tuck in a white tee and add a pointy heel. *Chef’s kiss*

Style Notes: In the summer of 2022 we were all immediately taken in by the micro mini skirt, only to fall out of love with it again mere months later. One trend we’re happy to welcome with open arms though is the maxi—this floor-sweeping silhouette is not far more practical than the mini, but it looks dressier too, and when we’re faced with the prospect of a chilly British winter, there’s nothing we’d love more than giving our legs some respite from the cold.  

H&M manages to make lace look aspirational rather than antique. 

Easily one of our favourite pieces from Mango’s collaboration with influencer Jen Callabos.

Just imagine how good it feels to slip into this. 

This looks like pure liquid silver. 

An easy piece to style up or down. 

Style Notes: Finally, a trend that champions comfort first and alleviates the need for blister plasters. There’s no need to spend the evening in skyscraper heels when party shoes look this good flat, and we’re particularly charmed by embellished ballet flats, velvet fabrications, and the low-heeled slingbacks we’ve spotted cropping up on the style set during fashion month. 

Shoes so good they almost come with a waiting list. 

A new icon from Jimmy Choo. 

The velvet trend isn’t just for clothes. 

I’d happily trade in stilettos for these. 

[The fashion crowd’s latest It shoe.

Style Notes: Whether it’s Taller Marmo’s striking gowns or Sleeper’s dressy PJs, statement plumage  manages to be both sultry and sweet, fun and flirty, and feathers are adorning everything from cardigans cuffs to trouser hems this season, so expect to see it everywhere by Christmas. If full on feathers aren’t your thing, nod to the trend with Mint Velvet’s feather trimmed jumper or by adding a fluffy bag or shoe to a pared-back look. They’re a guaranteed conversation starter. 

Nothing says “party” quite like Kitri’s cute and playful dresses. 

There’s no need to over accessorise with this dress, just let the sleeves do the talking. 

Wear for everything from drinks with friends to carving the turkey. 

Seeing in the new year deserves a special moment like this. 

Just too cute for words.

Style Notes: And now to the pièce de résistance, the icing on the cake and the gilding on the lily, no look is fully complete without the addition of a special piece of jewellery, and more is more when it comes to how we’re wearing it now. Stackable rings, layering necklaces and an assortment of bracelets and cuffs are the current look du jour and the ideal way to bring a little extra sparke to the season, so why wear one piece when you can wear all of your favourites at once? Our top tips for a perfectly curated collection? Start by stacking together simple pieces with fine details like plain bands with stoned rings, chunky chains with delicate pendants, and sculptural bangles with tennis bracelets for an ensemble that is entirely and uniquely yours. 

New in at Daisy London, five gold rings intended to be mixed, matched, and stacked together—a thoughtful gift (should you be able to part with them). 

No need to think about which rings will work together, By Pariah has done the hard work for you and assembled the perfect set.

Missoma’s first foray into fine jewellery is every bit as good as you’d expect it to be. 

Conclusive proof that two chains are better than one.

This would look so good worn with a clashing choker. 

And just like that I’m immediately tempted to mix metals. 

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