It’s that time of year when invitations are likely to start dropping through the letterbox. It’s exciting to be invited but your first thought might be “what on earth am I going to wear?” Having a few party pieces – some of which you can wear for other events – ready and waiting will make life so much easier. Here are the items I would recommend having as part of a Winter Capsule Wardrobe.
A Lace Dress – Choose one in a neutral colour that you can then accessorise with metallics, and accent colours or another neutral. For this example I have chosen Navy. This dress will take you to smart cocktail parties, lunches and weddings, both now and in the Summer too.
Velvet – The fabric of this party season, but one that is always right for Christmas. Now you can wear it for both day and evening. A jacket is perfect because you can use it to add a finishing touch to smarten up a simple dress or separates.
Sparkly knit – Perfect to add to any trousers, skirts or jeans to make them a little more festive. Another item that you can wear both day and night.
Metallics – In a camisole top and/or accessories. Adding a gold or silver pair of shoes and bag dresses up an outfit and can take you from work to a cocktail party.
Dressy blouse – This could be a silk blouse or shirt or something with a print. Choose one in an accent colour or print that will work with other party pieces in your wardrobe.
Statement jewellery – a statement necklace will add the finishing touch to your outfit. Alternatively choose a pair of earrings if the neckline of the otfit you are wearing doesn’t need or work with a necklace.
Embellished accessories – jewels, beads or sequins instantly say ‘festive’. Look for embellished shoes and bags or perhaps a beaded wrap.
Here are some examples to include in an evening capsule wardrobe:
If you would like more ideas for what to wear over the Christmas party season, including Black Tie, Cocktail and more relaxed events, have a look at our Christmas Capsule Wardrobe containing 62 outfit ideas (31 for warm skin tones and 31 for coll skin tones)