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Party season outfits, whatever your skintone

After the summer that wouldn't end, suddenly it feels like the festive season is looming with almost no warning, and for those of us who feel more comfortable in jeans and a tshirt, outfit panic might be looming.

Usually during the party season run up I recommend dress after dress for each and every occasion, but this year I've challenged myself to come up with three party outfits for those of you who aren't as comfortable in a dress as in separates. Of course, I've chosen a good year to do it, since our party wear range is bigger than ever this autumn/winter.

How you wear your party clothes to look and feel your best - from the precise colours that will make you look amazing to the level of drama and contrast in your outfit - is affected by your skintone, which is why we've divided this post up into four separate sub-posts, one for each of the four seasonal colour palettes. If you know your palette, click below to be taken to a full rundown of how to style this party season out. If you're not sure what your seasonal palette is, why not take our colour quiz, or read on for some great party wear combinations for everyone, regardless of skintone.


Whether your festive lunch date is with colleagues or your best friends, our classically elegant silk/cotton mix shirt will help you show up in style. Pair it with simple but flattering trousers - we love our Marie trousers for an effortlessly elegant finished look - or a skirt, depending on your preference. This shirt looks amazing with both!

Silk Blend Shirt in Cornflower | Lace Camisole in Flamingo Pink | Marie Trousers in Pebble Grey | Leopard Loafers in Grey Leopard


Need to show up looking casual but classy for a mince pies and mulled wine get together? Our chiffon sleeve top is your friend here, with its flattering ruched waist and elegant metallic foiling. Pair it with jeans for dress down glamour and a simple necklace to complete the look.

Chiffon Faux Wrap Top in Sapphire & Silver | Aria Ankle Boots in Navy Suede | Cosmos Necklace in Gold


Keep our velvet skirt on hand for when you need to amp up the glamour. Pair it with our bestselling silky roll neck for retro chic, or a simple tee for a more laid back look. Let the velvet do the talking and keep accessories to a minimum with this luxe look.

Zandra Velvet Skirt in Violet Dazzle | Silky Roll Neck in Navy | Sequin Bag in Starry Night | Ellipse Necklace in Silver