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Diwali events may have wrapped up, but the party season is still in full swing

Hey there, party animals! Here’s some good news for you. Even if your Diwali parties are over for the year, the party season is still going. Spring Racing, wedding parties, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, the list goes on till the end of the year!

Even if you are not a party person, or stress about dressing up because you don’t feel confident about what to wear, worry not. Here are some party styling tips and tricks that will not only ensure you look stunning but also are wallet friendly!


Thinking about a party outfit inevitably conjures images of pretty dresses and bling. LBD lovers, you are in luck! The little black dress continues to stay trendy and all you need to stand out is a quirky accessory or two. This season update your wardrobe with a black dress that has a fabulous cut and fit with decadent textures, like lace or jacquard. A black and white block dress will be a fabulous and trendy choice too. Check out Cue or Sussan for some wonderful, affordable choices.

Bohemian and tribal prints are totally in and I suggest you check them out and take a tiny risk by flaunting one of these to your next event instead of a predictable block, jewel-tone dress. The risk will pay off, I can tell you! ASOS, Bohemian Traders and Leona Edmiston are just some of my suggestions.


Coordinated separates are a big deal right now. They are honestly value for money pieces because you can work the illusion of one piece when worn together or pair them with other tops and bottoms to get more outfits from just two pieces. The rule is to keep the accessories really simple and neutral to avoid too much of a clash.


Accessories truly make or break an outfit! If you are looking for wallet-friendly choices, and already have a few fabulous dresses in your wardrobe, then by all means just invest in some accessories to refresh that little black dress. Try mixed metals like silver and rose gold cuffs with a black and white dress or add a tribal-inspired statement necklace with your LBD. Dainty pendants with chains or pretty crystal ones can be perfect to wear with prints so your look stays balanced and not OTT! You can even add some quirk by carrying a floral or printed clutch with a plain dress. Check out the Myer online party themes for some fun ideas.

The ‘details’

Okay, you’ve worked out the fabulous outfit and accessories perfectly and are looking forward to being the ‘queen of the party scene’, but here’s an important point not to be missed – have you thought about what’s going underneath? This is where I must emphasise the importance of shapewear. When you are fabulously dressed, the last thing you want is odd lumps and bumps showing through and making you go all awkward. Make sure you pick some great quality shapewear and trial it before you purchase to be doubly sure!


This one’s a no brainer! If you need a quick fix, follow my five minute makeup routine. All you will need is some concealer, illuminator/BB or CC cream, some mineral powder, eyeliner, mascara and a touch of gloss. All set to go!

One important hint – overdoing makeup can actually make you look older so go easy on the base, eye shadow and bold lippie.

If you are going to the races or have an office celebration, by all means grab a fancy fascinator. You will get brownie points for staying within the dress code, but adding a touch of individual style!


Another element of your outfit that must not be compromised for cost! A fabulous pair of heels that not just look good, but feel equally wonderful to trot in all day, are highly recommended. Your feet will thank you after the party is finished, that’s for sure.

If you pick a great neutral or metallic pair, they’re sure to stay in style for a long time and you will get more wear out of them.


Kalyani Wakhare
Kalyani Wakhare
An architect by training and a fashion blog writer by passion, I equally love my day job of being a mum. I am a shopaholic, bargain hunter and trend spotter. The next best thing to shopping for me is styling or writing and reading all about fashion!

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