Love it or hate it, ‘tis the season once again. At Reluxe we love it. But then we love any excuse for a celebration. After-work drinks, black tie affairs, a dinner with friends that turns into dinner, drinks and dancing…whatever your idea of a night out, it’s time to turn your attention to your wardrobe.
The first rule of event dressing is preparation. Planning avoids panic. For our Ultimate Partywear Guide, we sought the discerning taste of Reluxe founder Clare Richardson for the best preloved picks this season. As we will let you into a secret…Clare does love a good party.
While I love the minimalist look for everyday styling, now is your chance to go for gold with showstopping party dresses that rise to the occasion. Sequins were, as always, splashed across the FW22 runway, embolding their status as a timeless choice for those special save-the-date events. If you’re drawing from the catwalk, look for oversized sequins as seen in the fall collections of Givenchy, Altuzarra, and Christian Cowan. All-over embellishment was in its element, like this asymmetric midi from Self-Portrait. Or, for a subtler take on sparkles, opt for light-catching fabrics in metallic tones that’ll satisfy every dress code this season.
For our dance-all-night partygoers, we’ve got an exquisite array of party heels to complete your look, from strappy stilettos to glittering platforms. A classic pair of black patent pumps will have maximum wearability, but step away from your day-to-day look with a crystal-embellished design like these elegant Jimmy Choo’s. That said, with luxury resale you have the freedom to splash out on a statement shoe for a one-night only occasion, with the option to trade or sell at a later date. Bigger-the-better platforms, favoured by Bottega Veneta, Versace, and Stuart Weitzman this season, look great with a mini cocktail dress for a night out on the town, whether a sophisticated ankle boot or playful Mary Janes.