"Getting your make-up right and having a great dress to wear, it’s like preparing for battle," beams Laura Jackson in her striped Olivia Von Halle pyjamas, "it makes you feel confident – it’s like your armour." Party season is fast approaching and so, like any sensible style maven, Laura is preparing – both literally and mentally, it would seem. "I think it’s nice to make an effort, especially during party season. It’s nice to think, 'right, I’m ready for a good night.'"
Sharing her get-ready routine, Laura is hardly high maintenance, the presenter and author relying on high-performing beauty must-haves to do the hard work for her. "I think that skincare is really important, especially as we get towards winter," she explains, looking to Lancôme for her fix, "and then make-up just has that really amazing effect where it can completely change your mood. It helps you to think, 'I look great, I feel amazing.'" A flawless base, courtesy of YSL’s longwearing All Hours Foundation, boosted by mascara-fuelled lashes and a punchy red lip, all set with a final spritz of Giorgio Armani perfume, promises to do exactly that.
"What’s on my pre-party playlist? Always something fun and feel-good – everyone loves a bit of Rihanna."Laura Jackson
On her party wardrobe, Laura shares: "I’ll always dress appropriately for the type event, but comfort is the big thing – I’d never wear a dress just because it was fashionable. I always have to feel comfortable." Counting Roksanda, Borgo De Nor and No.21 among her go-to brands, it comes as no surprise that she likes wearing colour, Laura admitting: "It always lifts my spirits."
"I like to invest in a few party dresses to wear throughout the season and then mix them up with a red lip or a different bag, a different pair of shoes, hair up or hair down," adds Laura, solidifying her status as party style pro – shop her pick of this season’s party-perfect dresses below…