It’s that time of year when festive invitations start popping into our inboxes, but we know that nothing can make you feel less in the party mood than the thought of having nothing to wear. That’s why this season we’re partnering with John Lewis to bring you the lowdown on what to buy no matter what your style, budget or dress code.
John Lewis has a wealth of party-ready dresses priced at under £50, so you can feel confident wearing something new without breaking the bank. We’re fans of anything lacey, metallic or sparkly, so (from left to right) these numbers by Mango, Sugarhill, Miss Selfridge and Oasis get our vote.
Black Tie invitations call for something special befitting opulent surroundings, and John Lewis’ Evening Gowns category is designed with exactly this in mind. If you’re in the mood to throw some cash at the situation, this gold gown by Ariella Venetia is cut to flattering your waist and has an elegant wrap front. The classic shape means it would work just as well at a glamorous wedding or event at any other time of year. Other favourites of ours include this vintage-inspired sequined style by Somerset by Temperley, True Decadence’s nude dress and this scarlet-red style by Mango Premium Collection.
1. Ariella Venetia Sequin Long Dress, Gold – £249
2. Somerset by Alice Temperley Sequin Maxi Dress, Gold – £299
3. True Decadence Sequin Lace Maxi Dress, Nude – £120
4. Miss Selfridge Premium Collection Lily Maxi Dress, Red – £150
Tuxedos make a cool alternative to a dress, as do coordinating separates – a major trend of recent seasons. We love the simple glamour of Miss Selfridges’ cropped black satin top and matching skirt, a look that you can easily adapt with different makeup, shoes or accessories for all your social events of the season. Ted Baker is your go-to for chic suit, such as this sequined jacket and matching shorts, or this jacquard blazer and matching slim-cut pants.
1. Miss Selfridge Satin Crop Top, Black – £35
2. Miss Selfridge Satin Midi Skirt, Black – £45
3. Ted Baker Bow Pocket Suit Jacket, Black – £249
4. Ted Baker Bow Pocket Suit Shorts, Black – £139
5. Ted Baker Diamond Jacquard Jacket, Black – £219
6. Ted Baker Yeratt Jacquard Suit Trousers, Black – £149
At more casual festive gatherings, a new top or skirt is an easy way to update your existing outfits. This silver sequined T-shirt by Mint Velvet or lace top by Coast would both look great with your favourite skinny jeans. Alternatively, Reiss’ Mona’ pencil skirt or this gold maxi by Coast would look chic with a simple black tee and heels.
Need more inspiration? Head to the John Lewis website to watch video tutorials on party makeup, shop shapewear and accessories and much, much more.