Have a work party to attend outside of office hours? Invited to a birthday bash for your best friend at the hippest bar downtown? No matter what kind of evening party you’re attending, you want to create a stylish and classy look that will turn some heads. Consider these options when planning the perfect outfit for an evening party.
Option 1: Classic Little Black Dress
You can never go wrong with a little black dress, but this wardrobe staple looks especially sexy in the twilight hours. The best thing about an LBD is that because the colour is neutral, it gives you complete freedom to play with your accessories. For a gala event, consider a statement necklace or earrings or a faux fur wrap to help you stand out from the crowd. More informal events are ideal for adding a burst of colour in the form of clutches and a pair of sling-back pumps: bold colours set to trend for spring/summer 2013 include poppy red, emerald, and lemon zest.
Option 2: High Shine
High shine pieces may look a little over-the-top in the daylight, but in the evening hours, these party dresses shimmer and sparkle in all the right ways. Wear a form fitting gold or silver lace dress that hugs your curves in all the right places, or opt for an elegant maxi with a belted waist and a sensual—yet classy—slit up one side. Shorter dresses merit more dainty footwear—ankle strap sandals, high heeled sandals, or peep toes with a subtle shine—while maxis can handle chunkier, gladiator-style sandals. Keep the jewellery dainty so as not to distract too much from the dress: studded earrings or small hoops and thin bracelets and necklaces work great with this look. Follow our style advice to ensure you make the high shine look work for you.
Option 3: Long Sleeved Dress and Slippers
Long-sleeved dresses can look ultra-chic in the evening hours, especially if they’re cut above the knee and made from luxe materials like silk or lace. The latter is especially brilliant for giving your look a flirty and feminine feel, particularly if you opt for a dress with see-through sleeves. Consider a dress with a belted waist to help give your curves more definition, and add a long dainty necklace to soften the high-cut neckline of your dress. Ballerina flats with a sparkly or rhinestone finish are your best bet for rounding out this cute look, but a pair of black or grey ankle boots may work nicely as well. The long sleeve look is a classy style which can be pulled off by most people if you plan your outfit accordingly.