Now that party season has officially arrived, the fun really begins—and by fun, we mean picking out party dresses, playing with accessories, creating glam new beauty looks, and more. On that note, if you are looking for some guidance, let us help. Today’s Style Tips story is chock-full of party pointers, with a little help from four fab muses—specifically, Zoe Saldana, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and Jessica Alba. Ready? Read on for some fresh party-outfit inspiration and make sure you take notes as today’s story is teeming with ideas!
Play around with bold color combinations.
This is no time to be timid, dear readers. On the contrary, we suggest you take tips from Zoe Saldana this party season and play with some bold new color combinations. Not only is this a quick and easy way to ensure you stand out in a sea of little black dresses, but a pop of color will instantly spice up the dreary weather, and who can say no to that? To make this look your own, look for a color-blocked dress like Lipsy’s Chain Halter Dress ($88.17) or Lipsy’s Frill Bandeau Dress ($43.63). To accentuate the palette, pair your dress with all-black accessories like Elizabeth & James’ Sindy Heels ($181.99). Voila! A head-turning party ensemble, in an instant!
Mix up your look with a satin maxi skirt.
It is no secret that Kate Moss doesn’t follow trends, she sets them. On that note, if you want to try something different this party season, we suggest you do as Kate has done: tuck away your favorite dress and invest in a satin maxi skirt instead. By pairing her maxi skirt with a simple black tee and a statement clutch, Kate has instantly created an understated ensemble with a personal and decidedly glamorous twist. To try this look for yourself, pick up a skirt like John Galliano’s Long Skirt ($345) or Rebecca Taylor’s Pleated Matte-Satin Maxi Skirt ($325). Then, pair it with a low-key top like J Crew’s Vintage Cotton Ballet Tee ($34.50). To finish, add Dolce & Gabbana’s Ponyskin Shoulder Bag ($1,200).
Match your dress with a statement clutch.
Pairing the right accessories with the right dress can be tricky, but not if you take tips from Alexa Chung. By picking out a clutch that actually matched the upper-half of her dress, she created a coherent party-ready ensemble that is as easy and effortless as it looks. The key? Make sure your dress is broken up by at least two different textures or colors, and make sure your clutch only matches one section. On that note, to make this look your own, we suggest you pick up a dress like Susana Monaco’s Sequined Party Dress ($275) and match it with Rachel Roy’s Small Sequin Frame Clutch ($69), or try pairing Mango’s Sequin Embellished Handbag ($64.90) with a dress like Lipsy’s Slouchy Dress ($118.17).
Look for a LBD with embellishments.
Many of us find ourselves instantly reaching for our little black dress when party season rolls around, but your LBD doesn’t have to be basic. On the contrary, we suggest you take notes from Jessica Alba this season and look for a little black dress with interesting embellishments like—in the case of Jessica’s dress—a smattering of studs. This will ensure your LBD stands out, plus it will help you to create an eye-catching yet easy ensemble. To try this look for yourself, pick up a LBD like Insideout’s Stud Print Dress ($361) or Yumi’s Multicolored Tweed Dress ($72.72). Then, pair it with Joan & David’s Flipp Platform Pumps ($150) and black tights and you are all set!
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