Party dresses

I thought I’d show you some options for what to wear to a party. It has just been NYE and on Friday is my birthday, so it’s party all week for me! This means decisions, decisions, decisions when it comes to what to wear. But I have come up with three different options for my parties that I’d like to share with you, to hopefully give you some inspiration for your own parties:

1. A statement dress

For my MBA graduation party I decided to wear an unexpectedly bold dress, as I was so happy to graduate and finally have the time to exercise and blog again! This Red Valentino (who else, right?) dress was bought in the My-wardrobe sales, after weeks of lusting and deliberating. Since I wore it both to my graduation and NYE, I guess the dress ia great investment – and basically a write-off by now (just kidding)!

What I fell for in the dress is the cute ruffle at the bottom, which makes it very playful. It actually has a layer of tulle underneath the skirt that poufs it up. To make the dress as elegant and classy as possible, considering its bright colour, I have matched it with black opaque tights and red heels. For the graduation party I wore it with black heels, but that was too predictable for NYE!

A black clutch, a gold cuff and bright earrings complete the look.

Dress // Red Valentino (similar)
Tights // HM
Shoes // LK Bennett (old, similar here)
Earrings // HM (but I really want these)
Cuffs // Accessorize and Hermes
Clutch // Artisan in Bali

2. Sparkly separates

An all-over sequins dress is a bit too much in for my taste, considering I’m 6 feet tall (and not in a good shape at the moment. Need less attention coming my way, thank you very much). A sequins skirt, however, carries just the right amount of bling, and is a lot more versatile than a dress. You can dress it down for day with a denim shirt or black t-shirt, or dress it up for night with a more fancy top.

This gold sequins pencil skirt is elasticated, so it’s really comfortable to wear. I was aiming for a classic look and teamed it with a flowy black chiffon blouse, black opaque tights and black studded heels.

Top // HM (old)
Skirt // Cubus (old, but similar here, here and here)
Tights // HM
Shoes // Stuart Weitzman (old)
Clutch // Mango (old)
Necklace // Just Cavalli (old)
Earrings // Arts & Crafts (old)
Bracelet // Mulberry (old, but similar Mulberry bracelet here)
Ring // Dyrberg Kern (old)

3. Classic separates

In case gold sequins is not your thing, I will also show you a failsafe classic – and comfortable! – outfit. And by classic, we mean black. And lace and ruffles. And let’s not forget stilettos!

I like that my lace pencil skirt has a pale pink backing. This limits the number of colours I can team it with, but I also think it makes the skirt more fun and less predictable. I have teamed it with a very comfortable t-shirt that has a lower-cut neckline and a cute ruffle. Both t-shirt, tights and shoes are kept black, to let the skirt do the talking and keep the look streamlined and classic. The top would also look cute with an embellished belt at the waist, but then I would loose some of the jewelry, to keep the look sleek and not overdone.

Look for comfortable t-shirts that have something special about them, like ruffles, subtle print or sequins. These shirts are great to match with more fancy skirts, jackets or trousers to create stylish, yet extremely comfortable outfits. As an added bonus, the t-shirts also look great with a pair of jeans.

Top // HM (old)
Skirt // HM (old, but similar here and here)
Tights // HM
Shoes // Christian Louboutin (old, but similar here)
Clutch // Furla (old, but similar Furla clutch here)
Bangles // Unknown designer
Earrings // Snö (old, but similar here)
Ring // Dyrberg Kern old)
Necklace // Unknown

Now I’m off to buy a remote for my camera, so I can hopefully improve my picture quality. It starts getting dark in Bergen at about 2:30 in the afternoon, so it is really dark by the time I get home from work.