Clever styling tricks that will give your party dress new life

 

 

Now that the party season is well and truly over, it’s back to real life for most of us. While you’ve packed away the fancy crockery and glassware, Christmas decorations, and the boxes and boxes of biscuits you received, it doesn’t mean that your party dresses have to be tucked away at the back of the wardrobe. After all, they’re far to pretty to leave languishing after just one wear – so why not rework them for everyday wear? Dressing down your fancy frocks is a brilliant way to get more bang for your buck, and we have a few ideas to get you started.

Your sequin dress
This outfit requires a bit of confidence, but is guaranteed to look chic when done right. Start by layering on a chunky, office-appropriate knit. Then, add a new-season bag, oversized trench and a pair of chunky boots to help create the full cool-girl package. 

Your statement maxi
A bold, printed maxi can feel a little like foreign territory during office hours, so the key is to pair with just enough casual counterparts to balance the look. Slipping a fine-knit roll-neck jumper underneath adds a modern edge while keeping you toasty in chillier climes. Throw on a faux leather trench for some texture, and finish with a pair of classic trainers.

Your mini dress
This may not be one for the office, but it'll definitely get attention on a Saturday evening drinks with the girls. Once you layer an everyday jacket over your favourite mini party dress - even a shimmery one - it takes on a whole new dressed-down vibe. While denims and leather jackets are your best bet, don’t be afraid to try tweed or boucle. Add a slim belt and some western boots to keep things on the right side of formal.


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Your sequin dress


Your statement maxi


Your mini dress