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Dubai: Here's what to wear for winter parties

As the invitations to holiday parties and gatherings continue to roll in, we bring you easy tips to up your outfit game

Choose clothes that make you happy: Never Fully Dressed

We’re in the holiday mood, the year has just started and the ‘Happy New Year’ wishing vibes are all in the air, and why not. No wonder, we’re still getting enough ‘holiday, festive’ party invites, aren’t we? So, how should we dress up for the lovely soirées, the sun-soaked brunches, and the glamorous late-night gathering? Well, think of fashion as a party, no we aren’t saying it, said French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent once, "Fashion is like a party. Getting dressed is preparing to play a role." We help you select the right role and play the part in the chicest way possible.


Choose happiness

Just like everything else in 2023, follow the same philosophy for outfits. Choose clothes that make you happy! And simply (always) add sparkle and colour as you go along — who doesn’t love a bit of spark any time of the year but especially over the holiday period," said Lucy Aylen, Founder, Never Fully Dressed, a brand known for its vibrant, creative prints and multiway styling delivers outfits for everyBODY.

There is no such thing as too much shimmer: Marks and Spencer








Bring on the shimmer

There is no such thing as too much shimmer, experts say. “Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle in 2023! From dresses to blazers and shoes, you can never have too much glitter. If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to look effortlessly glamorous at all your parties, think beyond a dress and opt for a matching iridescent sequin co-ord piece,” said Lisa Illis, Global Head, Womenswear Design, Marks and Spencer.


Versatility is key, ensure you have items that you can mix and match throughout the holiday period, keeping your style easy and accessible

Lucy Aylen, Founder, Never Fully Dressed


Style, differently

Lisa is convinced that the styling possibilities when it comes to dresses are endless, and whatever style you choose you are guaranteed to turn heads, “Whether you dress them up or down, wear a turtleneck underneath for a more modest look, or wear them as a skirt with a sweater on top to keep warm.” Lucy added, "Ensure you have multi-wear pieces which can take you from chills at home with the family to gatherings with friends.”


You can never go wrong with a party dress, Yes, my philosophy is when in doubt, grab a party dress. Classy slip dresses are my go-to this holiday season.

Lisa Illis, Global Head, Womenswear Design, Marks and Spencer


Best foot forward

Of course, you have to get the right pair. Woman, finish your party look with statement footwear. “A fancy pair of heels can transform any outfit and complement the look. Besides, an extra three inches of confidence hurt no one, ever,” added Lisa.


A pop of colours

The shift in season comes with its own set of questions, right? If you're wondering which colours you should go for, then experts from OVS, one of Italy's apparel fashion brands, have the answer. “Accent colours are a great way to spice up a neutral wardrobe. Think rusty orange, mustard yellow, blush pink, deep red, emerald, green. There are so many options for pops of colours that will make for a show stopping, Pinterest-worthy outfit,” they said.


This piece was first published in Khaleej Times.



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