Party season is a highlight in any woman's calendar. It's a chance to dress up, make the most of your assets and wardrobe, and dial up the glamour in whatever way works for you. Vogue magazine's fashion features editor Laura Weir talks through the season's key looks with Marks & Spencer's womenswear editor, Charlene Barton.
1. The Glamour Puss
"Kate Moss is the ultimate pin-up for this look," says Laura. "It's all about vamping it up with a slick of red lipstick and tousled rock 'n' roll hair – and there's no end to the amount of fringing, velvet, rich fabrics and mini-skirt hemlines. Less really is less when it comes to glamour."
Party season is the perfect excuse to go all out. This shimmering gold sequined number will ensure you shine all evening long.
Not confident in heels? The mini-skirt hem on this 1960s shift elongates the silhouette, flattering all leg shapes. Wear it with pointed court shoes for endless pins.
2. The Modern Woman
"This is all about a tailored, nipped-in silhouette, so a great pair of trousers is key to the look," explains Laura. "Whether you opt for a gold jacquard style, tux trousers or some coated skinny jeans, your chosen piece should translate to partywear, but you'll also be able to team it with basics. A black blazer is also really important."
A cool alternative to the LBD, this Limited Edition jumpsuit creates an effortless evening look. Dress it up with heels or flats, depending on your mood.
The ultimate way to make a statement this season? An oversized faux-fur coat. Wear it with leather leggings for a modern texture clash.
Put your own spin on the two-piece suit by teaming metallic trousers with a tux blazer.
3. The Sophisticate
"This is a great look for those who aren't into a dark palette," suggest Laura. "If you find winter tones quite sombre and lean more towards the fresh shades of summer, you can buy into chiffons and pale, pretty laces."
Decorate your décolletage with a standout necklace. It's the perfect way to do elegance with an edge.
Combine blush tones and a baby-doll silhouette for a truly feminine look. Keep your make-up fresh for a sweet – not saccharine – finish.
Nothing flatters a female figure quite like the pencil skirt, making it a great choice for work and play. Complete with a clutch and classic heels to take you from desk to drinks in style.
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