From black tie to cocktail attire, we reveal exactly what to wear for any occasion
The last two months of the year are a time filled with celebrations. With so many parties on the horizon, what is a girl to wear?
We’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide to after-dark dressing. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect cocktail bash look or something for a more formal black tie event, we reveal the sartorial solutions for any dress code.
The dress code: black tie
One of the most formal dress codes, black tie usually requires a full-length gown for women and a dark suit or tuxedo for men. If you have yet to invest in a gown, look for something you will be able to wear for years to come to justify the price – which usually runs higher for a gown. Harvey Nichols Dubai in Mall of the Emirates offers a huge selection of designer dresses in every shade and style imaginable. If you’re after a more purse-friendly option, head to BCBGMAXAZRIA or Mango Dubai where you’ll find floor-length gowns and maxi dresses to suit all tastes.
Style tip: Formal events are the perfect opportunity to feel like a princess for the night. We say go all out – wear your favourite shoes, long gloves and even a tiara if you fancy!
Green gown, Dhs499, Mango Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates
The dress code: cocktail attire
Whether it’s an office party or a friend’s celebratory bash, cocktail attire calls for a fabulous frock or jumpsuit. This semiformal dress code is less dressy than black tie, but still glamorous. Opt for a party dress, LBD or tailored jumpsuit in a luxe fabric, such as velvet or silk.
Style tip: This sleek black jumpsuit is the perfect wardrobe staple for cocktail events. We love the culotte trousers and strapless bodice. Jazz up with statement accessories such as a jewelled waist belt and gilt box clutch.
Black jumpsuit, Dhs329, Topshop, visit Mall of the Emirates
The dress code: smart casual
The easiest and most relaxed of all dress codes, smart casual allows extra breathing room in the style department. Steer clear of denim and old T-shirts, and instead don tailored trousers with a beaded top or a floral dress with flats or heels.
Floral dress, Dhs129, H&M, visit Mall of the Emirates
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