There are many different times for hosting a party or being invited to one. If you’re agonising over a specific dress protocol – don’t. Although fashion is always evolving, timeless elegance suits every occasion. It always has and always will, but you may want to enhance certain nuances depending on the mood, season or reason.
If you are in doubt, check with the host, but often, it’s about striking the right balance between reserved and sexy, classy and daring, simplicity and attention to detail. Fit and comfort are always important considerations, and a style that suits your personality in a range of shapes for curves or flow. It’s your choice, but if you’re looking for some general guidelines, these tips may inspire you.
Prom Party Dresses
Although originating in the US, prom parties are also big news in the UK. Here, it’s sometimes celebrated on the completion of secondary school, or the completion of exams in Year 11 and Year 13. If you don’t want to cringe when you look back on your timeline photos in 20 years time, go with a classic style thatpar will hold its own through the generations. Proudly join the class of your graduating year in a party dresses that celebrates your youth at the same time as marking your entrance into uni or your chosen profession. It’s a balancing act between trendy and mature.
Bachelorette Party Dresses
This party occasion is known as a “hen do” in the UK. A hen could refer to the female of any bird, indicating that it’s exclusively for ladies. It’s a time to celebrate sororal love for the bride. A simple dress is probably best for this memorable night, but dress it up with a bit of sparkle to reflect the high spirits that are sure to abound. If you’re being whisked away for a destination send-off, glam it up but don’t forget you’ll be dancing, active and possibly travelling for many hours, so choose a flexible and fun outfit.
Wedding Party Dresses
As a day guest, you don’t want to overshadow the bride, but you’ll still want to dress to impress. This is one occasion where a little black or classic white dress isn’t a great idea. Floral prints and pretty, colourful frocks are popular choices. Of course, if you’re the mother of the bride, you’ll be looking for something sophisticated and elegant. As your role in your daughter’s life is vital, you deserve to stand out, so do it in style and with confidence.
Seasonal Party Dresses
End of year office parties may require something a little less provocative, but all seasonal winter occasions call for a bit of sparkle to catch the lights. If it’s an in-between seasons celebration, a gorgeous bolero jacket or cape can blend seamlessly with your dress to keep off the frost in changing conditions. If it’s a summer soiree, or a spring ball, choose a light party dress fabric and playful embellishments. If you’re wondering what to wear in Ibiza or on a cruise, choose a colour to complement the glow in your skin tone, and keep the style classic.
Evening Party Dresses
An evening party is usually an elite occasion. Long dresses, sweeping skirts and plunging necklines are all appropriate, but today any length is fine provided they are based on a good cut and fabric. Choose to offset striking silhouettes or flowing gowns with softer side pastels, or go with something luxurious and bold. For a less formal dinner party, chic and simple is always an elegant solution.
Cocktail Party Dresses
This is a good time for that ‘little black dress’, but it doesn’t have to be basic. Give it some extra glamour with a touch of gold embellishment or accessories. There’s also a range of fashion-forward colours and trending fabrics to play with for the sophisticated but fun occasion. Detail demonstrates quality, from beaded necklines to intricate embroidery.
Birthday Party Dresses
If you’re wondering what to wear to your own, or you’ve been invited to a 21st or a similar milestone, activate your inner radiance with a classic designer party dress style. Coming of age birthday parties like the Sweet 16, Bat Mitzvah or Quinceañera are sometimes elaborate celebrations. Consider sweetheart necklines, satin and tulle for that princess look and guests can honour the occasion in something tasteful, but not overly stuffy.
Remember that a good quality party dress can be adapted for different occasions, with slight tailoring alterations or different accessories and shoes. Your wedding dress may be a one time only gown, but all other occasions can be celebrated and honoured with a slight twist on a classic piece. The right accessories can transform a look. You can jazz up a dress with satin belts or hair accessories, or you can make it more casual or professional with flat pumps and a blazer.
Morilee Party Dresses are fashion forward and fabulous. Designed by the award winning Madeline Gardner, the range showcase timeless beauty with on-trend style features. Whatever the occasion, choose a party dress that is graceful, elegant and fun. Browse the range for inspiration.