From black tie affairs to cocktail capers, consider this your sartorial guide to party season celebrations

The season for Christmas and end-of-year celebrations is well and truly upon us, and in light of that, we thought it prudent to deliver a refresher course on dress codes. Whether you’ve been invited to a formal affair (where nothing but floor-length will do) or a more casual, al fresco party (where fun, flirty styles are encouraged), we have curated an essential sartorial guide to see you through the party season ahead in fine style.

01. Black Tie Gala

Break out your floor-length frocks for the most formal occasions of the season. To truly do justice to a black-tie dresscode, only the most exquisite gowns and head-turning jewels will do. This is no time to be a wallflower.

Gucci ANCORA NOTTE collection
Ghost Orchid Evening Dress from Alexander McQueen
Micro Cloud bag from Jimmy Choo
Schlumberger Hands Necklace from Tiffany
Alexandre Vauthier Embellished-choker Dress from Faradays
SERPENTI EARRINGS from Bulgari
VALENTINO Off-the-shoulder feather-trimmed gown from net-a-porter
ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER
Marylin Sandals from Faradays
STAUD Ashanti Dress from Muse
ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Ingeborg gown from Net-a-Porter
Ixia Sandal 95 fro Jimmy Choo
IMPERIAL GARDENS
ROYAL BLUE SAPPHIRE RING from Sutcliffe
VALENTINO Paillette-embellished maxi skirt from Net-a-Porter

02. Formal Affair

If the occasion calls for something formal but not quite black tie, the perfect look can be found in flattering, tailored separates, timeless accessories and a monochromatic palette.

Christian Dior Resort 24
Celine WALLET ON CHAIN MARGO from Faradays
ALEXANDRE VAUTHIER
Pleated Wide Leg Trouser from Faradays
VALENTINO Double-breasted blazer from Mytheresa
GIANVITO ROSSI Ynez Sandals from Faradays

Frivole earrings from Van Cleef & Arpels
CAMPBELL VEST from Dadelszen
RALPH LAUREN COLLECTION Leonie jumpsuit from Net-a-Porter
Andres Otalora Giana Pleated Silk Organza Top from Muse
Round Ruby Drops from Partridge
GG WOOL JACQUARD JACKET from Gucci
GG WOOL JACQUARD PANT from Gucci
Jimmy Choo x Jean Paul Gaultier Wedge 110 from Jimmy Choo

03. Daytime Soirée

For garden parties, long lunches, afternoon drinks and everything in between, opt for a look that is flowy and festive. Comfortable shoes are a must if you plan on staying out once the sun goes down. 

Jimmy Choo Summer 23
VALENTINO GARAVANI Rockstud ballet flats from net-a-porter
ALAÏA Hooded Flare Belted Dress from Faradays
Andres Otalora El Bosque Maxi Dress from Muse
Pomellato Nudo Petit Ring from Orsini
JACQUEMUS Off-the-shoulder gathered taffeta mini dress from net-a-porter
BOTTEGA VENETA Sardine shoulder bag from net-a-porter
DUNE WEDGE from Paris Georgia
MAGDA BUTRYM Open-back appliquéd maxi dress from net-a-porter
Fin Flounce Jacquard Dress from Louis Vuitton
Rebe Elle Heel from Muse
Lee Mathews Lori Dress from Muse
POOLSIDE The Josie Pearl Bag from Faradays

04. Dancing After Dark

If you’re invited to a convivial party, with dancefloors and DJs, strobe lights and disco balls, choose a look that is flirty and fun. We’re talking eye-catching sparkles, micro minis and killer stilettos. 

Silk dress with mirrors appliqué from Gucci
ALAÏA Heart Bag from Faradays
CELINE ALMA TRIOMPHE SLINGBACK from Faradays
Valentino embroidered crepe-texture skort from Farfetch
GRAIN DE CAFÉ EARRINGS from Cartier
Re-Nylon triangle-logo minidress from Prada
PLATFORM PUMP WITH DOUBLE G from Gucci
SIMKHAI Arta strapless mini dress from Net-a-Porter
VERSACE Belted strapless mini dress from Net-a-Porter
INTERLOCKING G METAL BRA from Gucci
MACH & MACH Double Bow platform mules from Net-a-Porter
GAUGE81 Benoni high-rise shorts from Net-a-Porter

05. Cocktail Hour

Sip on your favourite tipple in style with a sleek, elegant look for the occasion. Here, opt for a unique take on the classic slip dress, and pair with statement accessories and simple, strappy shoes.  

ALAÏA Sheer Draped Dress from Faradays
SERPENTINE POUCH from Bulgari
Bead trim slip dress from Louis Vuitton
loewe petal sandal from Faradays
mules from Gucci
Hourglass bow-embellished tote bag from Balenciaga
TALLER MARMO Kika feather-trimmed crepe mini dress from Net-a-Porter
Lock ROSÉ Edition earrings from Tiffany

06. Menswear Edit

If an occasion calls for formality, perfect the dress code with this simple sartorial guide.

louis vuitton formal collection
WOOL GABARDINE FORMAL JACKET from Gucci
WOOL GABARDINE FORMAL PANT from Gucci
HIGH JEWELRY BROOCH from Cartier
Saint Laurent Tristan patent leather loafers from Mytheresa
CHRISTOPHER CASHMERE PEAK LAPEL BLAZER from Dadelszen
GIVENCHY Shirt with U-Lock Harness from Faradays
Embroidered Silk And Wool Blend Gilet from Louis Vuitton
Varenne Richelieu from Louis Vuitton

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