Finding the perfect party outfit takes a little know how. It should make a woman feel confident and stylish and be comfortable to wear. Take into account whether the party will involve mainly sitting, standing or dancing. Also consider an outfit’s versatility — can it be worn again or be broken down or mixed with other pieces? What kind of look does the outfit need to aspire to — low-key, sex-siren personified or head-turningly chic?
10 Tips to Find the Perfect Party Outfit
Be wary of head-to-toe outfits. These days it is more fashionable to have contrasting accessories. However when it comes to hosiery, toning the color of your tights with your outfit will give a longer leaner look.
Be comfortable in what you wear. Also ensure your dress holds everything in, especially if you intend dancing. Be wary of this season’s heavily sequined dresses if you are likely to spend most of the night sitting down. Whilst sequins are a sure way to shine at a Christmas party, they are can prove uncomfortable on the butt! Comfort applies to footwear too — whilst women are willing to put up with an awful lot in the name of fashion, if shoes are likely to prove too painful after a few hours, take a more practical pair to change into later in the evening.
Be realistic, know what works for you and those styles which look better on someone else. You may love an outfit but if it makes you look like an overstuffed sausage steer clear. Go for figure-skimming not-hugging. Dresses that skim rather than cling are far more figure flattering. Soft layers of fluid fabric such as chiffon and silk, can hide a multitude of sins. Choose an outfit which plays down flaws rather than draws attention to them. A touch of lycra will hold flabby areas in.
Three-quarter sleeves (or a shawl) are a woman’s best friend when it comes to hiding flabby arms, this sleeve length is also very slimming.
For women in their 50s and beyond frills and fussy lines can be instantly ageing. Clean sharp lines are best with simple shapes and powerful single-block colors.
The color black can be draining (particularly as you get older) so mid-blues, purple, and fuschia pink are good alternatives. Wear colored accessories close to the face to brighten up a black outfit, if it makes skin look sallow.
For a special occasion, choose pieces in lush textures like velvet, lace or brocade. A statement jacket in elegant brocade over a simple classically-cut dress adds a wow factor.
Accessories can add glamour to an evening look. Think statement necklaces, stylish belts, a statement clutch or a silk pashmina.
If in doubt, stick to basics like a simple little black dress. Add some strappy sandals and a quirky clutch, or jazz it up with some metallic pumps or bold-colored courts. Give a LBD a personal touch with some funky jewelry.
A great alternative to a party dress is a tuxedo suit. Figure flattering at any age, a sharp-shouldered pants suit is an elegant and timeless eveningwear look which can be sexed-up with a low-cut top or remain demure with a pretty blouse.