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What to Wear to a Party If You’re Not into Dresses

Feature: Quick Read
Words by Eleanor Hibberd

Off to a party? We all know the drill – a sparkly mini dress here, a feather-trimmed frock there and a shower of scintillating party accessories. But what if dresses aren’t your thing? Or, perhaps, you’re after an outfit to set you apart from the crowd. Either way, there’s a wealth of party dress alternatives out there to add into your rotation. Here are four fabulous options to bookmark for your next RSVP.

Suits You

In a room full of cocktail dresses, be the power suit. Nothing lends insouciant elegance to an occasion quite like a tailored two-piece – borrowed from the boys, but always with a twist. Androgynous tuxedos from the likes of Balmain and Saint Laurent have Parisian sophistication in spades, while Area NYC and Anouki deliver on disco fever.

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Up Top

It’s tempting to think that every party requires an entirely new outfit – but there’s infinite fun to be had when styling pieces you already own, too. A good selection of party tops will go a long way in your festive wardrobe, styled with your favourite slip skirt that goes with everything or alongside AW22’s bedazzled denim. Add silk blouses, embellished tops and sheer shirts to your partywear wishlist.

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Two’s Company

The past year has seen the rise of the co-ord, and that’s not about to change before we hit 2023. The beauty of a two-piece set is in its versatility – just as impactful as a showstopping dress when worn together, the pieces can equally be styled as separates, giving you multiple outfits out of your purchase. Voilá!

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All in One

Once a utilitarian staple, jumpsuits have long been a glamorous alternative to dresses – from the spangled days of ABBA to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s iconic Fleabag outfit. If skirts and dresses aren’t for you, but you want something a little more feminine than a trouser suit, jumpsuits are the ultimate compromise. And the best part? They are famously comfortable, which is ideal for mobility on the dancefloor.

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