PARTY DRESSING TIPS AND TRENDS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON


The lights on the tree aren’t the only thing shining this holiday season. Metallics, sequins, and satin are bound to make any party dress merry, bright, and right on trend. Whether you refresh your little black dress or embrace white to beat the summer heat, we have all the sartorial tips you need to make each get-together an occasion worth celebrating on and off camera.

Ring in the holidays with these 5 spectacular looks:


1. UPGRADE YOUR LBD


Imagery by @fakander

Who doesn’t love a little black dress at holiday time? They’re timeless, elegant, and chic. But if you’ve been breaking out the same cocktail dress for every party, it’s time to hit refresh. Look for interesting detailing - patterns, lace, feathers, or off-the-shoulder cuts - from your favourite designers to shake things up. And even though it’s called a little black dress, other colours can make cocktail and eveningwear special. This season, keep your eye peeled for burgundy, suggests fashion editor Lauren Alexis Fisher. “A shade of deep merlot still feels festive without straying too far from your go-to black uniform,” Fisher writes at Harper’s Bazaar.


2. FLORALS TWO WAYS


Imagery by @katewaterhouse7

Expect to see plenty of dark floral patterns light up Instagram this holiday season, as fashion starlets from the States and London dial up the heat for their winter looks. For starters, we love this flouncy embroidered A-line silhouette from Giambattista Valli. With leather accents, it has just enough edge to make things interesting without killing the holiday spirit. Since it’s summer here in Australia - and our holidays are filled with scorching hot sun - we can embrace breezy florals and lighter fabrics. As WhoWhatWear suggests, you can pair a bright and bold sundress - like this one worn by Kate Waterhouse, with a metallic sandal for a different take on holiday shine.


3. WHITE CHRISTMAS


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‘Tis the season! White is a perfect holiday colour. It’s festive, sumptuous, and - in steamy Australian summer - cool to the touch. “It's all about layering, fit, and combining different shades of white, ecru and even beige,” explains fashion editor Avery Matera at Glamour. Whether you don a floaty linen top to ring in the New Year, or a loose and elegant dress to beat the heat,
this holiday trend is still white hot.


4. MAD ABOUT MULES


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If you want to stand out this holiday season, consider ditching your pumps, reaching for a pair of mules, and channelling your inner Alexa Chung instead. “What mules lack in sex appeal they make up for in cool factor...In an era of fashion that’s unabashedly extra, there’s one feature that seems to have gone conspicuously missing: the backs of shoes,” reports Romy Oltuski at Refinery 29. Look for the classic silhouette in sumptuous satins - or with sparkling embellishments - to add a festive casual air to your holiday party look.



5. JUMP FOR JOY


Imagery by @katewaterhouse7

We’re mad for a tailored jumpsuit, and this piece can be a fun way to amp up your holiday wardrobe without reaching for yet another cocktail dress. “A slick black jumpsuit with an interesting neckline is just as likely to cause a few jaws to drop, especially when paired with dangly earrings and a head-turning pink fur,” suggests Michaela Bushkin at WhoWhatWear. Look for pieces in beautiful fabrics to make the jumpsuit work for a holiday occasion - think satins, crepes, and even lace. Too warm to wear trousers? There’s such a thing as a festive holiday romper - we swear.

PARTY DRESSING TIPS AND TRENDS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

The lights on the tree aren’t the only thing shining this holiday season. Metallics, sequins, and satin are bound to make any party dress merry, bright, and right on trend. Whether you refresh your little black dress or embrace white to beat the summer heat, we have all the sartorial tips you need to make each get-together an occasion worth celebrating on and off camera.

Ring in the holidays with these 5 spectacular looks:

1. UPGRADE YOUR LBD

Imagery by @fakander

Who doesn’t love a little black dress at holiday time? They’re timeless, elegant, and chic. But if you’ve been breaking out the same cocktail dress for every party, it’s time to hit refresh. Look for interesting detailing - patterns, lace, feathers, or off-the-shoulder cuts - from your favourite designers to shake things up. And even though it’s called a little black dress, other colours can make cocktail and eveningwear special. This season, keep your eye peeled for burgundy, suggests fashion editor Lauren Alexis Fisher. “A shade of deep merlot still feels festive without straying too far from your go-to black uniform,” Fisher writes at Harper’s Bazaar.

2. FLORALS TWO WAYS

Imagery by @katewaterhouse7

Expect to see plenty of dark floral patterns light up Instagram this holiday season, as fashion starlets from the States and London dial up the heat for their winter looks. For starters, we love this flouncy embroidered A-line silhouette from Giambattista Valli. With leather accents, it has just enough edge to make things interesting without killing the holiday spirit. Since it’s summer here in Australia - and our holidays are filled with scorching hot sun - we can embrace breezy florals and lighter fabrics. As WhoWhatWear suggests, you can pair a bright and bold sundress - like this one worn by Kate Waterhouse, with a metallic sandal for a different take on holiday shine.

3. WHITE CHRISTMAS

Imagery by @talisa_sutton

‘Tis the season! White is a perfect holiday colour. It’s festive, sumptuous, and - in steamy Australian summer - cool to the touch. “It's all about layering, fit, and combining different shades of white, ecru and even beige,” explains fashion editor Avery Matera at Glamour. Whether you don a floaty linen top to ring in the New Year, or a loose and elegant dress to beat the heat, this holiday trend is still white hot.

4. MAD ABOUT MULES

Imagery by @charlottebridgeman

If you want to stand out this holiday season, consider ditching your pumps, reaching for a pair of mules, and channelling your inner Alexa Chung instead. “What mules lack in sex appeal they make up for in cool factor...In an era of fashion that’s unabashedly extra, there’s one feature that seems to have gone conspicuously missing: the backs of shoes,” reports Romy Oltuski at Refinery 29. Look for the classic silhouette in sumptuous satins - or with sparkling embellishments - to add a festive casual air to your holiday party look.

5. JUMP FOR JOY

Imagery by @katewaterhouse7

We’re mad for a tailored jumpsuit, and this piece can be a fun way to amp up your holiday wardrobe without reaching for yet another cocktail dress. “A slick black jumpsuit with an interesting neckline is just as likely to cause a few jaws to drop, especially when paired with dangly earrings and a head-turning pink fur,” suggests Michaela Bushkin at WhoWhatWear. Look for pieces in beautiful fabrics to make the jumpsuit work for a holiday occasion - think satins, crepes, and even lace. Too warm to wear trousers? There’s such a thing as a festive holiday romper - we swear.