5 Tricks || Show Some Originality at Your Next Dinner Party

Dinner Party look

A week into the festive season and you are already feeling the burden of yet another event, another outfit.  Somehow however hard you try to show your original styling, everyone almost looks the same.  It’s as if they were also thinking the same thing !  Give these five tricks a go and tell us what you think …

 

1 || Go the Minimalist Route

Dinner Party look

 

It might feel counterintuitive to go the minimalist route for the holiday season, where all things sparkly and bright are celebrated.  The truth is though, minimalist done right can be fabulously attractive.  Just to clarify, minimalist and boring are not the same thing…  A loose sweater and skinny jeans with a pair of stilettos can be quite boring.  A sculptural sweater with exaggerated sleeves matched to the same jeans and shoes are minimalist…  Dress up with silhouettes and shapes in mind, creating a simply unique outfit.


 

2 || You Love the Timeless Route

Dinner Party look

 

Are you looking at those beautiful women from way back when, in clothes that still work today, and say to yourself, “that’s who I want to be.”  Well if you look carefully you will realize that these timeless looks are based on a perfectly cut piece of clothing and then something that allows one’s personality to shine through.  For timeless, first and foremost you need to be immaculately groomed.  You can’t have frizzy hair, or a wrinkled top and look timeless.  Once you have sorted that out, put something on that speaks of who you are.  Says it loud and clear…A statement earring or necklace, a bold red lip, whatever it is, say it like you mean it…


 

3 || Try an Unexpected Color

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So everyone is wearing black, you are also wearing black !  Switch things around with a bold colored dress, or an ensemble in a lighter color.  Stick to tone on tone, so a beige sweater with a darker beige pant… A light pink skirt with a creme sweater… You get the drift.  The rule is, the stronger the color the more skin needs to show.


 

4 || Try A Heritage Piece

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Nothing more annoying than a woman coming in with a piece you simply can’t place …  A vintage kimono from the charity shop on King’s road.  The jeweled top your mum wore to her engagement way back when… The patchwork abaya from Afghanistan…  Too hard, go for a conversation piece, the falamank ring your grandmother wore, the earrings you bought from a Turkish bazaar…


 

5 || Go the Androgynous Route

Dinner Party look

 

Interestingly, sometimes the most feminine looks stem from menswear.  Try a tailored pantsuit with sexy sandals and a deep décolleté.  Put your hair up in a tight ponytail the highlight your eyes with a winged eyeliner and a deep red pout.  Play with the balance of masculine vs. feminine, it work really well!