How to Up Your Party-Dressing Game With Just 4 Expensive-Looking Buys

With summer a distant memory and a crisp autumn giving way to a chilly winter, the only thing we’re thinking about more than what to add to our Christmas list is what we’re going to wear to the host of events steadily filling our calendars. Between all of the dinners, drinks, parties and events, there are plenty of opportunities to dress up and head out in the next few months, and nothing beats the winter blues like an exciting new outfit inspired by all of the sparkle and celebration of the festive period.

When it comes to party dressing, there are always the fail-safe options (like the little black dress or the camisole top), but making occasionwear feel fresh and new is a different challenge in itself. So if, like us, you’re tired of the same old tropes (and yes, we do mean “jeans and a nice top”), fear not. In a bid to solve any party outfit dilemmas, we’ve assembled the best investment buys to take you from the work Christmas party to New Year’s Eve and everywhere in between.

This season, ARKET’s “Forever Yours” festive edit is inspired by the memorable pieces of clothing and accessories that hold a special place in our hearts thanks to their sentimental value. We all have those pieces in our wardrobe that we’ve collected over the years and only wear on the most important or celebratory occasions, and it’s these timeless, elevated pieces that form the basis of a small but perfectly formed edit of what to wear this winter.

Amongst the sequins and velvet, there are pieces everyone will love, like a versatile poplin shirt and a sensational wide-legged suit, along with our personal favourites, aka metallic shoes and sparkling shoulder bags.

So keep scrolling to see and shop our favourite picks from ARKET’s premium edit of classic pieces guaranteed to add a little extra polish to your evening outfits this party season.

Dress up, quite literally, in the party-ready dresses that we’ve been waiting for all year. This wardrobe staple is the obvious choice for special occasions thanks to its minimum-fuss, maximum-impact execution that meets the dress code every time.

Nothing says “winter luxury” quite like impossibly soft, rich velvet. 

Sorry, micro mini. The tunic dress is the chicest hemline we’re wearing now. 

The classic slip dress reinvented with a bolder silhouette. 

Zoom in—you’re going to want to see the subtle detailing for yourself. 

Eveningwear often calls for power dressing, and it doesn’t get more commanding than strong tailoring. It’s the perfect option for office-to-dinner events, and bold colours, new cuts and sumptuous fabrics can make even simple suiting feel extra special. Look out for sultry velvets, winter white and sharp cuts.

Like our favourite ARKET blazer, but with a little extra magic. 

Nothing beats head-to-toe white for an expensive-looking and attention-grabbing colour choice. 

Once the night is over, wear these again the next morning with a slouchy, oversized knit and your favourite trainers. 

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: You won’t find a better blazer on the high street than this one. 

I’m saving these for my Christmas day plans. (They’re smart and sharp, but note the elasticated waist.)

Light up the night in twinkling clothing and accessories that come alive in the spotlight. Whether you’re looking for going-out bags, statement trousers or anything in between, make sure that it shines.

24-karat cool.

Got a white shirt? Of course you do. Just add sequin trousers and a platform heel, and you’re the hostess with the mostest. 

We didn’t know quite how much we needed glittery sock boots until we saw these. No wonder they’re one of our key boot trends.

And speaking of socks, make any platform shoe instantly cooler by wearing with these. 

And there you have it—the final look is complete. Well, not quite yet, because no matter your style, there’s always the perfect accessory to complete your outfit. Ostentatious dresser? There’s an understated shoe to balance your look. Devoted minimalist? Why not add a little sparkle? It is the season, after all.

Swap a dated clutch bag for a bang on trend mini pouch. 

A square toe? Sleek, black leather? Fashionable slingback and statement heel? Take our money already.

All a sleeveless top or dress needs to take it to the next level is a classic piece of jewellery.

We haven’t stopped thinking about these boots since they first landed. Get us to a dance floor ASAP. 

Carrie Bradshaw, eat your heart out. Shoe fans will love these entirely unique pumps in statement mirrored gold. 

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