12 dresses to take you through party season
Party Season
12 dresses to take you through party season
Published 28 November

As we move into silly season and the invites for Christmas functions, summer weddings and al fresco get-togethers start rolling in, it’s the perfect time to update your party wardrobe. From floaty, pastel-coloured minis to scene-stealing lace midis, you’ll find dresses and jumpsuits to suit every fashion sensibility and occasion at Woodgrove Shopping Centre.

The backyard BBQ

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Sometimes a gathering around the outdoor grill calls for a slightly more polished look than denim cut-offs and a kaftan top. This is where your gelato-hued sundress, simple halter-neck romper or floral-print maxi come in. A pair of chunky-heeled sandals and a raffia handbag will cement your status on the right side of smart-casual. You can’t go wrong with wide-leg linen pants either.

The Holiday Cocktail Party

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A festive drinks party is the perfect time to break out the bold colours, not to mention a swipe of long-wearing red lipstick. Mid-thigh is the highest hemline you should consider for events that specify cocktail attire, while metallic accessories can do wonders to elevate a classic LBD. Add shoulder-skimming earrings, a statement cuff bracelet and embellished envelope clutch for some festive sparkle, plus your prettiest pair of strappy heels of course. 

The Summer Wedding

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There are several factors to consider when deciding what to wear to a summer wedding reception from the venue and time of day to the theme chosen by the happy couple, but the non-negotiables of any dress are breathable fabric and a dance-friendly fit. Whether you opt for a flirty lace midi or a traditional boat-neck dress, or mix things up with a vibrant jumpsuit, a sleek up-do and some wedge heels will ensure you look polished and stay comfortable. Chic sunglasses and a gorgeous headpiece are essential too.

The end-of-year office shindig

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Dressing for a night out with colleagues is fraught with potential faux pas, but balancing fun with sophistication becomes easier once you rule out outfits you might wear to a nightclub or a job interview. An eye-catching pattern or statement sleeve are simple ways to express your personal style without veering too far from professional. A shimmery pencil skirt is another fail-safe option, while a fresh blow-wave is the ultimate accessory.