If your day look is low-key then updating it for a night on the town can be a challenge. Here’s how to turn heads with your very own party style.
Know your shape: Anybody who’s been brought up on a diet of Gok Wan and programmes like ‘Ten Years Younger’ will know that the key to looking good is to flatter your own body shape. Instead of spotting a stunning dress in a magazine and then going out and buying it, try to tailor your buying habits around what looks good on you. Pear shapes should choose party dresses which emphasise the waist area and skim over the bottom, whereas apples should draw attention to their legs and bust. If you’re a classic hourglass then you can get away with pretty much anything, including this season’s gorgeous sequinned bodycon dresses.
Shop around: Don’t hit the shops in the hurry and grab the first thing you see – if you’ve got a party coming up then dedicate some time to finding the right outfit. Browsing online is great, but to judge what looks best on you it’s best to hit the high street. Stores such as Next generally have a great range of party dresses for women that won’t cause too much damage to your wallet.
From office to party: Not everybody has the luxury of spending hours getting ready before hitting the town. If you’re going straight from work to a party then you can spice up your office look with a few clever tricks. Adding a pair of killer heels and some jewellery to a pair of leggings and a simple tunic can work wonders, as can wearing a short-sleeved dress under a dark-coloured cardigan. The best way to go from office to party, however, is to change your makeup. You’d be surprised at what a flick of eyeliner and a good lipstick can do.
Consider the occasion: Dressing for a rave is a very different proposition to dressing for a work party where you’ll be meeting boss’s wife. There’s no absolute rule for what you should wear to either event, but always attempt to dress appropriately for the occasion. That skimpy skirt might have looked great on the dance floor last Saturday, but it might not sit in so well at a society wedding.