Ditch the dress 1

Its officially Party season and a cocktail dress is the obvious choice but every now and then, you just want something that is not a dress so here are some outfit ideas for when you don't want to wear a dress. (Click the links below the images to shop the pieces)

 

A Bold print top

When everyone is wearing a dress to that office party, why don't you try a print top. We love this particular number for it's bold print, its ladylike cut and the gorgeous figure flattering and edgy peplum. We want to play around with the classic and edgy feel of this look so we're pairing it with the ever classic pencil skirt made from leather. The top is bold on its own but will be even more striking against the white leather. To finish it off, we are upping the edginess level with these bold cutout  booties. This look is classic, strong and feminine all at once, and who wouldn't want to be those things at a party

Top- CJAJ09, Skirt- Missguided, Clutch- John Lewis, Booties- Ebay

 

A maxi skirt

Maxi skirts are an obvious choice for summer parties but we think they are just as great in the fall especially for holiday parties. A maxi skirt is a great alternative to a long evening dress and based on the nature of the party, you can style it up or down. We think a print maxi is the perfect background for a sequin top and metal accessories, to really create that evening look. And finally, because the skirt is floor length, wear your gorgeous heels but when it comes time to dance the night away, or if you are hosting and need to move around, you can switch to flat shoes and nobody needs to know.

Top- New Look, Shoes- Asos, Clutch- JJ's House, Skirt- CJAJ09

 

Co-ord set

A hot trend this year that is perfect for party season is the matching two piece, in this case a pair of peg leg trousers and a crop top to match. This is an instant outfit that is also quite easy to style, and it tends to be quite striking. And very comfortable to wear, not having any of the fuss normally associated with holiday party outfits. The co-ord look, being such a statement on its own does quite well with simple but edgy accessories so we're loving this cross between pumps and ankle booties and finishing it off with a cross body bucket bag. Now isn't this this the perfect outfit to dance the night away in?

2 piece- CJAJ09, Shoes- Asos, Bag- Missguided

 

There you have it, 3 outfits that are great for when you don't want to wear a dress. We've got a part two of this series coming up so stat tuned and happy holidays

 

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