It's party season, well it's already begun, but we are well into the weeks where it's more than acceptable to double (ok, triple) your carb intake and start drinking at lunchtime on a daily basis. And while we all love to do this in jeans and many knits, it is sometimes nice to dress up a little and get frostbite in the name of fashun. So that's what I have done for you all, and I have a small selection of outfits here to hopefully inspire a little. AS ALWAYS the mantra with party dressing for me is to avoid buying any one hit wonders. I am always after pieces I can wear again after the event, and I am leaving this sentence here because my god how many times have I said this now.
LOOK ONE we have an amazing piece from The Line By K. It's one of the only US shops that I feel is worth the crippling customs charges (£100 for two items, so I do mean crippling), because the pieces are insane and unlike anything else I really see from other brands. Not to mention it's the brand of Karla Deras, one of my all time favourite bloggers and ultimate girl crushes. The detailing on this top makes it such a simple yet statement piece - the collar, huge buttons, slits down the side which make a majorly flowing statement when you walk. It's unlike any other piece in my wardrobe right now, and I plan to wear it a lot over Christmas. For now I teamed it with my beloved BDG jeans, and some new boots from Topshop which are going to be my go-to over Christmas. They are slightly toe pinching but I am working on breaking them in and they are getting better with each wear - I love the heel on them, and how super super pointy they are (worth the toe pinch, basically).
TOP: THE LINE BY K | JEANS: BDG | BOOTS: c/o TOPSHOP
Next up we have something a little more out there for my style, but I really fell in love with this skirt from & Other Stories which really surprised me as it's not typically 'me' at all. Super short, shiny, RUFFLES... I mean it's normally something I would run a mile from. But this image shot by Quiten de Briey has been playing on my mind for a while now, so I wanted to try to recreate that boots and skirt combo a little (also want to wear this with a knit like the one she has on, the search for the perfect high neck cream knit is never ending for me!!)
While it is super sexy and stand out, baggy boots and shirt brings back that effortless vibe I never want to stray too far from. The shirt I went with was a silky one but I actually think this might have looked better with a crisp cotton one that held a little more structure around the collar. But all these musings make me think that maybe there are a few more variations to play around with here than I initially realised.
I went with messy hair and minimal make up due to an ongoing laziness when it comes to doing those sort of things but it did sort of help emphasise the effortless side of things. Find a nice hotel corridor (I chose the Hoxton in Paris) to pose in (don't get trapped in lift doors along the way), and then you are truly ready to enjoy a night out. Throw on a faux fur coat if you must but anyone from the North of England knows going out in hardly any clothes in freezing temperatures is totally do able because we all did it every weekend in Leeds for years.
SKIRT: c/o & OTHER STORIES | SHIRT: c/o TOPSHOP | BOOTS: c/o & OTHER STORIES
And finally, an old classic. The mini with OTK boots. It's been done before, tried and tested, loved by many and for good reason. It just looks so good and is such a simple combination that's always easy to throw together. This dress has an drawstring waist which comes in very handy for two things;
1. If you, hypothetically speaking, had a few too many drinks one evening in Paris and for some reason decided it would be a good idea to spend one of your evenings stuffing your face with chicken dippers in McDonalds than you can always just loosen this up a little but to make room for that. Not speaking from experience, of course.
2. You can change the length. As you can see, I went short (honestly a little shorter than intended looking back at these photos), but it's a little detail that makes the dress more tailor made for each person. Also that cinched in waist is all kinds of flattering!
DRESS: c/o & OTHER STORIES | BOOTS: STUART WEITZMAN
P.S has anyone in the history of the world needed their fringe trimming as much as me right now? No, they have not. It's getting done this week.