Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe Staples – Party Wear

The party season is just around the corner and if you are a busy woman juggling work and home life, what to wear might not be top of your list. So for this week’s blog I have created an easy look that anyone can wear from items that you may already have in your wardrobe. If you don’t have anything similar it would make sense to invest in a mini capsule wardrobe that will work for parties at any time of the year. Then when a last minute invitation arrives you will know exactly what to wear.

There are a few key items to include in your mini party capsule wardrobe:

  • A pair of smart tailored trousers – choose something with a sheen or perhaps a pair of palazzo pants or even velvet jeans. Your most versatile colour will be navy but if you have black already and don’t want to buy new just make sure you have a top in a colour that makes you look fabulous.
  • Tops – look for something that is more dressy than your everyday tops or blouses. Choose a silk or lace top or something with embellishment. Pick one of your favourite colours or start your collection with neutral navy or cream.
  • A pair of embellished or metallic shoes – metallics go with any colour and instantly add a touch of glamour to an outfit. Choose heels or flats depending on your preference.
  • A few pieces of statement jewellery – If you have a plain top adding a crystal or intricate necklace will immediately make it more dressy.
  • A neutral clutch bag – again metallics work well or choose navy if you have opted for navy trousers.

Here is an example of these pieces in an outfit that would work for any colouring. It’s dressy enough for a party but not over the top for a more relaxed event – perhaps just change the necklace for something smaller.

Party outfits to suit your colouring

Top // Trousers // Necklace // Bag // Shoes //

For this outfit I have chosen navy trousers (they have lace detail at the waist if you wanted to wear a top that tucks in) a simple tunic style top with a bit of sheen, a decorative pearl necklace and metallic shoes and bag.

Once you have this basic party outfit you can add to it with different coloured bags, shoes and jewellery to change the look. You can also add more coloured tops in your best accent colours and a second pair of trousers (or skirt) in either a neutral or an accent.

Here are some more ideas to suit your colouring:

For Light colouring I’ve chosen a pair of coated jeans in cream and a biscuit coloured lace top

Party outfits to suit your colouring

Lace top // Jeans // Bag // Shoes //

For Deep colouring I have chosen rich berry coloured velvet trousers and a feather trimmed top

Party outfits to suit your colouring

Top // Necklace // Trousers // Bag // Shoes //

For Cool colouring I’ve stuck with navy trousers but added some hot and icy pinks.

Party outfits to suit your colouring

Top // Trousers // Bag // Shoes //

For Warm colouring I’ve chosen autumnal olive velvet trousers and mixed them with rust and gold

Party outfits to suit your colouring

Top // Trousers // Bag // Cuff // Shoes //

For Bright colouring I’ve used black and white with Poppy red velvet jeans

Party outfits to suit your colouring

Top // Sequin jacket // Bag // Jeans // Shoes //

For Soft colouring I’ve chosen muted grey crepe trousers with a soft mauve top and purple accessories

Party outfits to suit your colouring

Top // Trousers // Bag // Shoes //

So, there you have an easy solution to party dressing dilemmas. Remember that it’s what is around your face that matters the most so jewellery or a necklace will lift a black top (see how I did this last week with a LBD) and buying a couple of tops in great colours for you will make black evening trousers work too. Don’t forget to add a lipstick in your best red or pink too.

If you would like to find out exactly which colours are your best, why not get my Personalised Colour Dossier – for this weekend only you can also get £5 off by using the code COLOUR at the checkout (The promo code is on the bottom right of the first checkout screen)



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  1. Pat
    November 18, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Beautiful ensembles, Maria! Your systematic approach for preparedness simplifies clothing choices. Dressier slacks can be dressed down for daytime casual events or dressed up, as you have done, for evening.

    Your easy approach has inspired me to get moving and get ready. Could having the ensemble ready help create the event?

    Thank you for the warm colored tips for evening wear. In a sea of black it’s easy to lose your way, or do nothing.

    You are the best!,
    a faithful fan,

  2. Georgina
    November 18, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Great post Maria. I love all the outfits but particularly the first one with the blue Coast top. It’s gorgeous. I might just have to acquire it!