The party man­i­festo

PRE­MIERE LEAGUE: This sum­mer’s par­ties and spe­cial oc­ca­sions pro­vide the per­fect ex­cuse for mak­ing a canny wardrobe in­vest­ment. Stephanie Smith has ad­vice on how to stand out in style.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

IFE, for most of us, tends not to take the form of one fast and never-end­ing whirl of par­ties. Far from it. Maybe a wed­ding or two, a cou­ple of an­niver­sary and big birth­day bashes, a sum­mer gar­den party if we’re lucky, or a posh bar­be­cue. Or, in a par­tic­u­larly good so­cial sea­son, a sum­mer ball, one of those idyl­lic af­fairs that starts on the lawn, moves in­doors for din­ing and danc­ing, and then drifts out­side again to cool down and cosy up.

But no mat­ter how crowded or how sparse our sum­mer so­cial di­ary ap­pears, still, we’ve noth­ing to wear. Noth­ing that we want to wear, any­way, or that still fits, or that we haven’t worn so many many times be­fore.

This tran­si­tional time of year is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to make a fash­ion in­vest­ment. The sales may be com­ing to an end, but there are still some bar­gains to be had, es­pe­cially if you are look­ing for some­thing bold and un­usual. Don’t dis­miss some­thing fab­u­lous just be­cause it doesn’t fit. If you love the colour and the style, find a lo­cal tai­lor or seam­stress who can ad­just this for you. Ob­vi­ously, this works bet­ter for clothes that are too big rather than too small and, although the cost of al­ter­ations needn’t be high, it is best saved for more ex­pen­sive, qual­ity and spe­cial pieces.

Cock­tail party dresses are a par­tic­u­larly good in­vest­ment right now. Not that there are too many ac­tual cock­tail par­ties these days – small, short­ish af­ter­noon events with cock­tails which first be­came “a thing” in the early part of the last cen­tury both in the UK and the US – but a smart, bold lit­tle dress that gets you no­ticed (for all the right rea­sons) will al­ways come in handy. As will a smart ensem­ble fea­tur­ing gor­geous trousers, or an all-in-one, or a maxi dress, or (a fail­safe, this is), an ex­pen­sive look­ing white

A smart, bold lit­tle dress that gets you no­ticed will al­ways come in handy.

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