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.
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.