WHAT TO WEAR NOW
The holiday season is upon us, which can only mean one thing: dressing up for parties. But is your wardrobe ready? This year, we’re embracing glamour and glitter in its many forms, from shimmering mini dresses and going-out-out tops to scene-stealing heels. We asked THE OUTNET Style Director Sinead Cutts how to bring main character energy to your look now.
PARTY ON TOP
Blame the Y2K trend, but party tops have made a concrete return. Our favorites have strong visual impact, whether with metallic tones, asymmetric necklines or statement sleeves. Comfort and versatility are priorities here — the best tops are not only easy to move in but they’re also easy to style. They’re likely to work well with existing wardrobe pieces, such as jeans, as well as more formal styles. Wear yours with denim and heels for a more relaxed vibe, or with cigarette pants and a blazer for a more polished look.
The easiest way to bring party energy to your outfit? Start at the bottom with a pair of showstopping heels. The more dazzling the better — think crystal embellishment, glitter, sequins and attention-grabbing shades. If you’ve been out of the heel game for a while, ease yourself in with either a low or chunky block heel — just don’t skimp on the sparkle. They should feel like jewelry for the feet. On the other side of the spectrum, towering platforms are also making a comeback, bringing a rock ‘n’ roll appeal to feminine dresses and wide-leg pants. Whether you go low or high, it’s time to welcome bold, disco-ready footwear.
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT
This party season, you can expect to see both floor-length and mini styles dominating your Instagram feeds, but for us, shorter is bolder. The summer’s obsession with playful minis has developed into an even bigger fashion story for the holidays. Mini dresses make for an easy choice — go bare-legged if you’re feeling brave, but also know that hosiery is no longer the enemy. A sparkly pair of tights will keep you warm without compromising on style. We recommend juxtaposing a flirty mini dress with an oversized tuxedo jacket or a blazer, which feels very Parisian fashion editor. Or, if you’re after a more low-key look, pair a knitted iteration with ‘60s-inspired, over-the-knee boots.