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Party Dressing

The festive season is upon us. Although the party dress takes centre stage, every occasion calls for a different, tailored look. Whether you are attending an office Christmas party, a seasonal dinner with your in-laws or an end-of-year 'fête' with your closest friends, be sure you dress the part. 

by Karin Cuppens

The office Christmas party

The tasty drinks and savoury catering might throw you off but don't be fooled, you are still in your professional environment. And even though the annual Christmas party is the ideal moment to take a step back from your daily work routine and get to know more about your colleagues, your outfit best remains office-proof. Opt for a midi-length dress in a sparkling fabric to make you stand out in style. The emerald design of Tibi with matching trousers would without a doubt do the job. A more classic variant could be the silver Bottega Veneta creation with embellishments to be combined with a pair of statement earrings. Classy and powerful all in the same look. On the other side of the spectrum, a well-cut suit also does the - styling - trick to impress your co-workers. 
From left: Tibi, Isabel Marant, Bottega Veneta

The seasonal dinner with your in-laws

Whether you're meeting your partner's parents for the first time or you've had dinner with them at numerous events, there is no need to shy away from a stylish outfit for the occasion. Keep it refined with luxurious fabrics and a well-thought occasional nude shoulder. Draw inspiration from the designs of Mugler and Christopher Kane that seamlessly combine allure with elegance. Turn to Rochas for a more conservative take on holiday dressing with a floral dress and exquisite flats. 
From left: Rochas, Christopher Kane, Mugler

End-of-year fête with your closest friends

Time to bring out your most exuberant party dress to celebrate the end of the year with your friends. Short dresses, such as the one by the hand of Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, are an excellent way of showing off your legs and combined with a baroque blouse, the look remains polished. The skirt and knit look of Saint Laurent is a tasteful alternative to the classic black dress and can be rendered more festive with a different blouse. Choose silk fabrics that have a rich feel and are meant to be worn during the holiday season. Ganni showed a pair of trousers with a dress in the same red roses pattern that will have you dance the night away with your loved ones. 
From left: Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, Ganni, Saint Laurent
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