What to Wear for Parties – the Alternative to the LBD

What’s the alternative to the little black dress? We don’t all want to wear black for a party and we don’t all want to wear a dress so what to wear instead? As long as it isn’t a formal occasion that dictates a long dress there is plenty of choice for you. Build up a party capsule wardrobe of items that you can mix and match to take you through the party season or for last minute invitations. Separates and accessories will give you plenty of options if you choose festive colours, and metallics or of course, if you want to wear it, black.

First up the Tuxedo – it never dates and can look incredibly chic. Choose a jacket and trousers to suit your body shape, find one that’s nipped in at the waist if you are curvy and opt for tapered trousers. If you are pear shaped look for a straight or wide leg trouser and make sure the jacket doesn’t end at your widest part.

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Choose a pair of heels to feminise the outfit and for Christmas add a sparkly top and a red lipstick.

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Alternatively lose the jacket and wear a trouser “suit” of matching top and bottom.

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If you would rather wear a skirt, opt for metallics or lace and add some festive red (find out which is your best red here) a knit with some shimmer works well too – especially if the venue is a little chilly.

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Over the last few seasons skirts have really grown in popularity especially the full versions (LK Bennett dose some gorgeous options) and the ultra feminine tutu style is perfect for the party season. If you want to tone down the girlyness choose one in a deep blue – or black – and add sophisticated accessories. Alternatively wear it with a biker jacket.

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And finally a pair of jeans or leather leggings can be dressed up for parties too. Wear heels or flats, choose a festive colour or a metallic and add some jewellery to finish the look.

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Whatever you are doing over the party season, dress up and have a fabulous time!