What I’ll Be Wearing This Party Season & The Festive Edit

…for when you need some outfit oomph.

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I feel like I’m in a pretty good place with my wardrobe and so ‘OMG I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR MOMENTS’ are pretty few and far between these days. However, the annual party season is enough to make even the most pro capsule wardrobe people get a little panicked. I wear extremely casual clothing  95% of the time *looks down at jogger and a hoodie combination* and so for me to ramp it up to the occasionwear level requires me to jump up the ladder and practically set a new record, so it’s not exactly a comfortable place for me to sit. But I think this Christmas I’ve found my happy place. It’s the outfit that I’m wearing in the pictures here (and the outfit that’s linked down below at the bottom of this post!) and OF COURSE it’s black, but hello would you look at those feathers!?! In fact I’ve found a decent amount of pieces that I would be happy to don to any festive party I have coming up; from even more feather tops I’ve found, to mini dresses and jumpsuits to matching suits that might just become your new capsule’s workhorse. So here’s my fancy schmansy outfit edit…


A jumpsuit is a C.L.A.S.S.I.C for me. I’m not a skirt kinda gal and although I do enjoy a mini dress during the party season, I feel most at home with with a jumpsuit. It’s an all in one! You don’t have to think of anything else! Just a bag, a pair of shoes and you’re sorted. They are also notoriously comfortable and although finding the perfect one can be a little more perilous as you have to find something that fits you lengthways and widthways from neck to ankle, once you find *the one* you’re set for festivities after festivities. My favourite one I’ve seen this winter has to be the Mango Asymmetric Long Jumpsuit*. Mango do some of the best party-appropriate jumpsuits in my eyes and this one has just the right amount of ruffle, whilst still feeling effortless and cool. Although if it’s some colour you’re after then their Red Assymetric Long Jumpsuit* looks stunning too (and also comes in black!), or you could give the & Other Stories Shawl Collar Belted Boilersuit* a go which is in a gorgeous shade of emerald green.



For my 30th birthday I bought myself something ridiculous. A 16 Arlington Dickinson Black Feather Lined Top* that I’d been eying up since seeing it on Instagram last year. I shook my belly-feathers all night and am thoroughly in love (if a little embarrassed) by my purchase. But fear not as there are some great dupes out there that are just begging to be paired with some jeans or leather trousers and some heels for the ultimate ‘fancy top and trousers‘ outfit. This Coast Feather Top is very cute and slightly cropped so perfect for tucking into things (and currently half price!). Although this ASOS DESIGN Square Neck Cami with Faux Feather Straps* is a bit of a bargain and would look just as good when paired with all-black accessories. Finally, I think this ASOS DESIGN Faux Feather Bandeau Top* is the perfect accompaniment to a pair of bleach wash jeans and a red lip; so darn chic, but such bad news for your dry cleaning bill.



When it comes to mini dresses I’m still in my 1995 ‘Please can I be Posh Spice?‘ phase. I will forever hold a special place in my heart for mini dresses and there’s something about an LBD that can make anyone and everyone feel top of their A-game. My favourite shape for party season is a blazer-style dress, so the & Other Stories Belted Mini Blazer Dress* hits the mark for me, although the Rhode Pia Ruched Mini Dress* comes in a close second; I’d recommend pairing both with ankle boots and semi-sheer tights. This Topshop Black Taffeta Puff Sleeve Mini Dress* is a good option if you want to conceal a food baby or a real baby (!!) as a ‘non-maternity, but works as maternity’ dress or if you fancy visiting the complete other end of the spectrum and buying something slinky and sparkly, then this Mango Sequin Dress* is all kinds of jaw-dropping. Every year I almost succumb to a sequin dress, will 2019 be the year…



It’s a tired line, but a co-ord can be a truly multi-functional piece in your wardrobe. Wear it together for maximum impact for anything festive you have coming up, or wear as separates when you just need some jazz. I can imagine this ASOS EDITION Satin Double Breasted Blazer in Blue* worn with a simple vest top, jeans and trainers if you fancied something casual, or the matching trousers worn with a turtleneck and some strap sandals for holiday drinks. I have to say that I’m into the look of this & Other Stories Velvet Gold Button Blazer* and the matching trousers too. Whenever I see someone wearing a suited co-ord at an event I feel the need to tell them that they look FAB. Or you could make things a little more casual and cosy and double-up on a knitted texture that when worn together with a statement heel can look real fancy. I like the look of this ASOS DESIGN Co-ord Skirt in Fluffy Yarn* (I love the visual merchandising on this one) or this Pieces Knitted Midi Skirt Co-ord*.



Photos by Mark Newton