How we dress for the season's best parties
We list the pieces you need to meet all your autumn and winter party needs.
The hours leading up to a big night are often more thrilling than the event itself. Just like the last days of spring offer a foretaste of the summer sweetness to come, the process of getting ready for long-awaited evenings fills us with the same excitement and anticipation. The ultimate preparation? Sleeping in super soft silk sleepwear (and eating a big, late and long breakfast in bed, of course).
NEXT LEVEL EAR CANDY
The days of over-the-top beauty regimens are behind us. Instead of heavy makeup and advanced hairdos, opt for a natural beauty look and let statement accessories enhance your features. This season we want to be dripping in eye-catching and statement-making jewellery. Oversized rhinestone earrings are a guaranteed head-turner, and these clip-ons don't even require you to get your ears pierced.
INVEST IN FOREVER PIECES
What's the point of dressing up if what you wear limits you? The perfect combination of comfort and style is spelled co-ords. A pair of tailored trousers matched with a minimalistic – but perfectly detailed – crinkled top is the safest bet to give a laid-back cool approach to whatever event you're rolling up to.
A NEW TAKE ON BLACK TIE
Some events call for traditional eveningwear – meaning tuxedos for the boys and gowns for the girls. But don't let tradition dictate how you interpret a dress code. The ground rule of black tie is you have to dress to excess, which you definitely will in an elongated tuxedo jacket, a draped silk top and flats.
BORROW FROM THE BOYS
Don't let masculine tailoring put you off! This updated wardrobe classic has a raw collar and comes in pure silk, and is best worn with shiny, wide trousers and brushed metal accessories for a sophisticated feel.
IT'S OK TO PARTY IN PJs
There are parties we wish would never end, and then there are parties that make us long to go back to bed. Despite its name, the pyjama suit is not made for the latter. This midnight blue two-piece has a print inspired by tree-rings and is sure to make a growing impact.
Tiny, barely-there ear jewellery never goes out of style. These hoops may be small in size, but they're massive on detail – being covered with shine and sparkle that will elevate whatever party look you wear.
When it comes to winter dressing, the little white dress is not top of mind... yet. More often thought of as an MVP in your spring and summer wardrobe, the classic is just a few styling tricks away from deserving the same treatment in your winter getup. Let the hemline overlap a pair of high and wide deep chocolate brown boots for a less prim and proper effect.
LET'S HAVE A BALL!
When it comes to show-stopping outfits, nothing beats a beaded sequin dress. With a flapper-style silhouette, padded shoulders and high side-slits, this sparkling gown is the ultimate party piece. Let the dress do the talking and wear it with simple shoes, zero accessories and a pared-back beauty look.
AN EVENING ESSENTIAL
Having one of those 'I have nothing to wear' moments? Then a simple and timeless long-sleeved black dress can be a lifesaver. The key to make it stand out in the masses is pairing it with stunning jewellery. Always.
PHOTO Heather Hazzan | Eye Forward, Inc
STYLING Ellen Pålsson Norberg
MODEL Gianna Noëlle | Heroes
MAKEUP Linda Gradin | L'Atelier NYC
HAIR Jerome Cultrera | L'Atelier NYC