Avoid the same old party dresses that everyone will be wearing this year, and try something a little different, with our pick of the best alternatives...
Fed-up with having to wear party dresses over and over again when, really, you just don't feel comfortable in them? Or maybe you've worn your favourite LBD so many times, it's starting to feel like a uniform. Sometimes it can seem like your options are limited if you're not a fan of the girly look, but don't fret - there are plenty of alternatives that will turn heads at your next celebration!
Dressing up for a special occasion or festive celebration should be fun. So, upgrade your wardrobe with the new party outfits that we can't get enough of this season. We've found the best alternatives to the usual party outfits, from stylish trouser suits to chic skirts to flattering tops. Whatever your personal taste or style, there's a party look for you that will really wow.
The great thing about these party looks is that they can easily be added into your existing wardrobe. You've probably never thought of wearing your office pencil skirt to a party but with the right sparkling top, it's an easy party outfit win. Or how about your cosy cable knit that you reserve for weekend attire? Pair it with a killer leather skirt and some heels and you're instantly party-ready!
Forget your usual party frock - this year, stand out from the crowd in one of these stylish new party outfits instead. Whether you prefer to stick to trousers or want to flash your pins, are looking to cover your arms or slim your waist, there's a flattering, party-ready outfit that's just perfect for you out there.
Ready to get inspired? Click through to see our pick of the best alternative party outfits, and impress your family and colleagues with your unique, head-turning take on party dressing...
French Connection Wild Ashes A-Line Skirt, £49
A leather skirt is a staple buy that will see you through the working day and straight onto your Christmas drinks. Wear with a white shirt in the day for a cool office look, and then go all-out glamour in the evening! The dark colour of this French Connection A-line skirt means you can wear it with almost anything - we'll be pairing it with fashionable textures like feathers and sequins, but if you want something less girly, try throwing a comfy cable-knit jumper over the top.
Reiss Oman Lace Top Jumpsuit, £245
A jumpsuit is the perfect party option for those that don't want to bare all in a dress. Not only will it lengthen your pins and cover up problem arms, the dark lace on this Reiss version is both gorgeous and flattering. And the best part? You don't even have to worry about co-ordinating. A pair of black strappy heels and a clutch bag are all you need to ensure all eyes are on you.
Coast Teaya Feather Knit Top, £995
A classic black jumper with a twist, this Coast top is one of the most original pieces we've found on the high-street. Textures are big news this season, so you'll please any fashion-lovers at the party without having to do much at all! Just pair with black cigarette trousers, flat slipper shoes and a simple bag, and you have a great 'This? Oh, I just threw it together' type look.
Ted Baker Loopey Jumper, £139
What a showstopper! All the benefits of a cosy, cuddly jumper, with enough bling to convince everyone that you actually might be a human Christmas tree - what more could you want?! Keep the rest of your outfit casual for maximum impact - we'll be wearing this Ted Baker jumper with skinny black jeans and ankle boots to really nail the cool, relaxed look.
& Other Stories Palazzo Trousers, £79
A great way to look instantly slimmer is with a pair of palazzo trousers - particularly black ones, like these from Stories. The high waist will make your legs go on for days, especially when worn with heels. Wear with your favourite top and bring them out year on year - these are an investment buy that will never go out of style.
French Connection Dayton Top, £125
A stunning blouse is a great way to make a simple skirt, trousers or jeans look party-ready. Sleeves like the ones on this French Connection top keep you covered up whilst being dressy enough for a work outing, and the Victoriana trend is a big deal right now. We love the lace detailing, which is perfect for drawing the eyes upwards - just make sure your lipstick looks good!
Zara Velvet Trousers and Jacket, £139.98
Don't be afraid of wearing a suit - the adrogynous look is huge in the fashion world, and is perfect for those that feel uncomfortable in a party dress. There are plenty of options out there, but we love this Zara version to add a bit of colour. The key with this trend is to go for what you feel comfortable in - this season, we're all about palazzo pants. Pair with pointed courts and a sparkly top for some festive bling.
ASOS Premium Culotte in Floral Jacquard, £50
Culottes are a great way of subtly flashing your pins without daring to bare completely. And although they may seem daunting, they're actually very flattering and, of course, on-trend. The midi length will make your legs look longer, and the high waist in this ASOS pair will pull you in in all the right places. Tuck an evening blouse in, pop on a pair of heels and you're ready to impress at your party - no frou-frou dress required!
Reiss Metallic T-Shirt, £60
Add some sparkle to a simple pencil skirt or pair of trousers with the help of this shimmer t-shirt from Reiss. Tuck it in, add some liptstick, killer heels and a bag and you'll be ready to party the night away in festive style!
LK Bennett Sage Skirt, £250
The midi skirt is going nowhere! Add some vintage galmour to your celebrations with this stunning L.K.Bennett skirt. Wear with silver metallics to tick off multiple trends and make yourself stand out amongst the sea of inevitable LBDs and suits.
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Abigail Malbon is a journalist who has written for the likes of CN Traveller, Evening Standard, Red and Cosmopolitan. She likes pina coladas and exploring new places.
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