If you are a party dress lover, chances are you have everything from a romantic lace skirt to a metallic column dress and, of course, a smattering of invites lined up. Nothing can reflect your fine sense of fashion as well as a party dress that is styled to perfection. Whether you love over-the-top glamour, red carpet parties, or disco nights, there is a sure shot way to win in the sartorial department with a party dress. Styling these dresses is of the essence. Why be boring? Add a little drama to your party dress with a scarf here, a belt there, a hat, and even a smart blazer- there is a deluge of options that can put quite a fashionable and interesting spin on your otherwise plain party dress. We think every outfit deserves a little quirk! Here, we share seven stunning ways to style your party dress so you never get off track. Read on and get ready to make a great entrance!
1. Layer Up in Style
Come winter, all the jackets, sweaters and cardigans take their place in your closet. But covering up need not equal unflattering layers. Use the layers to your advantage and flaunt your impeccable choice in fashion. Pick a red party tube dress to wear to your best friend’s birthday. Pull out your favourite faded denim jacket to wear with it. If you’re feeling a tad adventurous, like us, go ahead and embellish the jacket with a few sequins and pearls. Sew the look together with a matching pearl encrusted clutch and a lusty pair of patent leather heels. Glam up your green silk party dress with a smart patterned orange blazer. Wear this peplum style dress to the opening night of a club. Just roll up the sleeves of the blazer for a youthful edge. Pull your hair back with a matching orange headband, a pair of tan peep-toes, and a bright orange pout. Go dazzle!
2. Cinched in and Happy
We love how a simple accessory like a belt can transform a dress! A belt doesn’t just define your waist, but gives you that fitted silhouette that shows off your curves just right. You can choose belts in colours, patterns, multiple buckles, and ones with embellishments to lift the look of your dress in minutes. Wear a pink cotton party dress in a maxi style to that barbecue brunch at a fancy resort. Cinch in your waist with a brown textured leather belt. Carry a large tan tote bag and wear a pair of tan espadrilles for a classic style. Give volume to the look with a bowler hat and a pair of oversized turquoise shell sunglasses for an effortlessly chic look. Give definition to your loose printed kaftan dress with a contrasting colour textured belt. Flaunt a fresh blow dry and lightly blushed cheeks along with a muted lip colour. Wear this look to a plush pool party, and enjoy a sunny day amidst flowing drinks and chatter.
3. Sheer Fashion
Drape it, loop it or knot it—a scarf works as a trendy and versatile fashion accessory no matter how you wear it. You can choose from a whole range of scarves from solid coloured to printed, silk to cotton, long to short to give a dainty lady-like allure to your party dress. Choose a light colour cotton scarf to wear with a peach midi dress for a high-tea function. Tie this light blue scarf in a donut knot and add a matching peach capelet over your shoulders for a delicate look. Complete the look with a pair of pearl studs, scarlet lips, and a topknot. Keep your shoulders warm with a rich fur and sequins fringe scarf while wearing a sweetheart neck gown. Wear the scarf in a high knot and your hair in a messy bun for a celebrity-like look. You could also add a pair of topaz chandelier earrings and keep the makeup minimal for a nice touch.
4. Power Up with Statement Necklaces
Styling your party dresses with a statement neckpiece is an awesome way to give a plain dress a perky update. A long necklace with large beads or a short one with big pearls and coloured stones can work wonders for an outfit. Let your plain red off-shoulder party dress stand out when you wear it with a long layered glittering green necklace. Complement the look with a pair of black strappy red heels and a metallic chain sling bag. Ready to go club hopping? For those of you who love interesting details, don’t shy away from wearing statement necklaces in interesting colours, shapes, sizes, and embellishments. You can even add some colour to a sombre outfit with chunky, colourful necklaces. Wear a baby pink collared midi dress for a lunch soiree. Enhance the look of the outfit with a coral necklace worn right under the collar. Earn extra points with nude wedges and a box clutch.
5. Dressy Gloves
Nothing reflects the old world Gatsby-esque charm quite like a pair of gloves worn with a dress. Not reserved to just wedding and proms alone, gloves today can be worn with anything from a shirt dress to a fitted mermaid gown. You can go for leather opera gloves, crystal embellished long gloves, lace gloves, or what they call the shorties. If you have a cocktail party invite this weekend, don’t shy away from taking out your latest party dress—a sequined little black dress. Give the dress an out-of-the-box edge with a pair of long elbow-length black lace gloves and matching black T-strap heels. You can add colour to this all-black look with a bold coral lip and a small gold wristlet. Keep your hair simple and your face dewy fresh.
6. Bag That Style
Besides being a functional accessory; a bag can punctuate your party dress with the right amount of glam. Match the bags with your dress or take a full-contrast route; either way your dress is bound to stand out for all right reasons. Opt for bags in bright colours, prints, and sizes. Step out looking like the star you are in a fit-and-flare yellow dress. Match this with a tan tote with gold trimmings. Spruce up your look with curls, pink lips, and matching tan pumps. Add a vibrant finish to your plain white party dress with a bright coloured orange satchel worn over the shoulder. Wear this look to an afternoon farewell party. Compete the look with mirrored sunglasses and braided hair.
7. Rock That Hat
Hats can take your look to whole new level. When worn with a dress, expect fireworks. Get your hands on anything from a baseball cap, a woven hat, an elaborate one, or even something with ribbons and embellishments to jazz up your trendy party dress. Kick up the fashion quotient at a poolside party on a hot summer day with a trilby hat worn with a long maxi dress. Alternatively, wear a white lace dress with a pair of yellow ballet flats for a fancy sit-down brunch event. Add a white fedora with a bright yellow ribbon accent for a great final touch. Swipe on deep red lipstick and wear a pair of golden chandelier earrings to look like the belle of the ball at the event.
Beat the fashion blues and look your best at every party with a party dress that is styled to perfection. Also, if your new dress is at the dry cleaners, you can just style an older one in an innovative way to keep all eyes on you from the moment you walk in. We’ve broken down the basics to help you take your party look up a notch. If you have some fantastic ideas, we would love to hear them too. All the styling drama aside, remember no outfit can look its part if you’re not confident. Flash a smile and own your look—it is the best accessory you can wear.