Be A Party Queen This New Year's Eve With Our 10 Tips For How to Party Dress Now

30 December 2013

GALLERY >> How to Party Dress Now

Party season has never been so easy! This year creating the ultimate celebrity look couldn't be simpler, just follow our ten easy tips in the gallery above...

1. Find your party feet

Of all the party tricks in the world, ultra-fancy heels will forever be the most impressive game-changers. Step out in dreamy concoctions of patents, showgirl feathers, jewel encrustations and metallic detailing. Chauffer preferable.

(L-R- Black maribou, £827, Paul Andrew, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Silver, £45, Next, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Clear detail, £1,295 Rupert Sanderson, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Embelished, £395, LK Bennet, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a])

2. Visit the one-stop party shop

With contemporary labels like Maje, Whistles and The Kooples stationed within a mere few metres of each other, and a lorry-load of exclusive party pieces you won’t find anywhere else in the world, Harrods’ 9,000 sq ft Fashion Lab on the fourth floor has evening attire wrapped up with a bow on top. As well as the to-be-expected array of perfect party frocks and gowns, you’ll find some seriously cool alternatives, like party denim and leathers, too.

Top, £285, Sandro, Trousers, £350, Whistles, Shoes, £255, Maje all at [a target="_blank" href="">[/a]

3. Liven up an LBD

(L-R, Shirt dress, £265, Helmut Lang, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Trousers, £130, Reiss, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Chemise dress, £85, NK Mode, [a target="_blank" href=",">,[/a] Shirt, £245, LK Bennett, [a target="_blank" href=",">,[/a] Dress, £640, Sophia Kah, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a])[a href=""> [/a]

4. Crack the dresscode code

Black Tie

Dilemma: You’ve never done black tie before and aren’t sure how all-out to really go... Our solution: It’s far better to be overdressed at a fancy event than underdressed – no one likes a scruff.Take a cue from Gucci – their silk gowns require nothing more complicated than confidence

(L-R, Gucci A/W '13, Clutch, £697, Kotur, [a target="_blank" href=",">,[/a] Shoes, £420, Blonde Castana, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a])

4. Crack the dresscode code

Office party

Dilemma: You want to stand out at a work do but haven’t let your personality break through the boardroom suiting since 2006. Our solution: Go all-out in a ‘wow!’ dress. Embellishment is key, but stay on the right side of show-stopping by covering up.

(L-R, Shoes, £195, Kurt Geiger, [a href=",">,[/a] Necklace, £290, Sveva, [a target="_blank" href=",">,[/a] Dress, £2,490, Vika Gazinskaya, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Dolce and Gabbana A/W '13)

4. Crack the dresscode code

Family do

Dilemma: It’s a family do and that bosomy skin-tight LBD isn’t appropriate for three hours at a dinner table... Our solution: When sitting down for a long time it’s all about action in the upper half of your outfit. So opt for a jazzy knit, or throw all your efforts into jewellery.

(L-R, House of Holland A/W '13, Jumper, £89, Boden, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Skirt, £1,665, Honor, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a])

4. Crack the dresscode code

Pub drinks

Dilemma:You’re meeting up with friends who aren’t satisfied with a Christmas jumper and snow boots. Our solution:You’ll be needing something that seamlessly combines party with casual. Look for a mix of shimmer with utility, like a sequinned skirt and parka.

(L-R, Topshop Unique A/W '13, Jacket, £475, Topshop Unique, [a target="_blank" href=",">,[/a] Top, £25.99, Zara, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a])

5. Take a tip from the after-dark doyennes

Cushnie et Ochs:

1. ‘Focus on the waist up. No one is looking at your shoes at a crowded cocktail party or across the dinner table. So pick pieces that highlight your de?colletage or have a detailed or embellished neckline.’

2. ‘There is nothing wrong with relying on an LBD but it’s always fun to stand out a little. Our lime cut-out dress from Resort 2014 creates a stand-out super-bright look, instead.’

3. ‘Make a lasting impression in leather. It really sculpts around the body.’

Cushine et Ochs, Resort '14, Dress, £1,210 [a target="_blank" href="http://www.fARFETCH.COM">[/a]

5. Take a tip from the after-dark doyennes

Sarah Baadarani:

1. ‘Rethink lace: wear lacy tops, trousers and jackets unconventionally paired with velvets, pony skin or the finest PVC.’

2. ‘Trousers should take centre stage this party season. Sharply tailored with feminine details, they will give you that smart yet effortless look.’

3. 'if any keep your accessories minimal when wearing a full look. For me, gloves this season are somthing to invest in and have fun with.'

Jacket, £1,148, Sarah Baadarani, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a]

5. Take a tip from the after-dark doyennes

Barbara Casasola:

1. ‘For a more casual approach, I’d recommend swapping heels for evening flats. This makes a mid-length jumpsuit a particularly good investment for a great day-to-night look.’

2. ‘Up the contrast and character of your look by pairing an evening dress with a very masculine tailored men’s jacket.You could even borrow your boyfriend’s!’

3. ‘My eveningwear styling often follows the same formula: bordeaux lipstick and clip-on earrings. It’s a relaxed yet super-elegant way of dressing up – and not the obvious scarlet lipstick and statement necklace.’

Dress, £1,680, Barbara Casasola, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a]

6. Streamline your jewels

Instead of festooning yourself in more crystals than Mariah Carey in Vegas, take a subtle tack this season with the many pared-back options available. The new fancy frosting is subtle and fine, so feel free to not only mix your metals but also layer up cuffs with midi rings or collars with delicate chains.

7. Carry a conversation-starter

Stuck for topical icebreakers? Then a cheeky little handbag will fire up a conversation or two. From Charlotte Olympia’s pink teddy purse to Chanel’s globe, you’ll be armed and ready for anything – especially fun.

(L-R, Faux fur, £45, Asos, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Red and black, £60, Coast,, Globe, £4,470, Chanel, 02074935040, Mosaic, £1,750, Dolce and Gabbana, 02076599000, Shimmering, New Look, £19, [a target="_blank" href=",">,[/a] Teddy, £395, Charlotte Olympia. [a target="_blank" href="">[/a])

8. Disco up your denim

For girls who don’t-do-dresses a festive-season saviour has finally arrived: crystal studs, pearls and sequins spin humble jeans into a disco zone. Style up in a simple way with a white shirt or tee and court shoes.

(L-R, Studded 501 jeans, £105, Levi's, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Embellished knees, £259, Marc Cain, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a], Stonewashed with crystals, £68, Topshop, [a target="_blank" href="">[/a])

9. Get your coat, love!

Slinging on that old work coat over a brand new frock? Don’t do it! Outerwear can make or break entrances and exits, so look to the catwalks of autumn/winter 2013 for the most commended cover-ups: capes, opera coats, fun faux fur and luxurious biker jackets.

Green coat, £405, Paper London,[a target="_blank" href="">[/a]

10. And finally, channel an all-time classic

Some of the best party looks hail from the past. Channel some of these icons this party season for the ultimate look.

(L-R, Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, Madonna in the '80s, Rihanna, Keira Knightley in Atonment, Cindy Crawford, Marilyn Monroe)


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