10 November 2019

Partywear - my version of anyway!

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Requests for party wear are pretty popular at the moment. We are about to hit the festive season so there may an event or two to go to! I have to say (as I've said before) I don't usually receive a lot of invitations to go out-out over Christmas. My work Christmas 'do' is a very low-key affair. We tend to go out for a lovely lunch but it's not an occasion I really get to dress up for. As I am really trying to keep my lifestyle in mind with every purchase I make I plan to just make the best of what's in my wardrobe..... should I be invited anywhere! I have more than enough items that will see me through the odd drinks party I may go along to. What I'm sharing in this post are versions of things my wardrobe and are past season and probably no longer available. You probably already have some really similar pieces in your own wardrobe. Do try and shop your own wardrobe. If you, like me don't get too many opportunities to don your glad rags but want to add something new I would implore you to try and source these items preloved. There's nothing worse than seeing something expensive you bought especially for an occasion to sit unloved your wardrobe just waiting for another opportunity to be worn. I am trying to make more considered purchases and buy things that are very versatile and can easily take you from day to evening. I generally tend to go for separates to give me maximum wears out of everything. I've tried to find alternatives here and I've linked some eBay searches as well as stuff currently on the High Street. Remember that golden rule of thinking about 5 other garments you could style any new additions with before you make each purchase......I find that definitely works for me!

First up is a tried and tested look......one of my favourites evening wear outfits from last year.

CHINITI & PARKER SWEATER, past season - similar here
M&S SHOES, past season - similar here on eBay These are also a good alternative
HERMOSA BAG, gifted 2018

This year I'm going to ring the changes with the tulle skirt and wear with an Anine Bing velvet sweatshirt (a lucky find in TK Maxx a couple of years ago) and some leopard print pumps. I've made the conscious decision to use my beloved vintage Chanel bag as much as possible in future instead of saving it for best! 

I've wore the velvet sweatshirt just the other night with some leather look paperbag waist trousers from New Look and some leopard print flats.

ANINE BING SWEATSHIRT, past season - similar here
NEW LOOK TROUSER, past season - similar here
KURT GEIGER NOA SHOES, past season - similar here

Another winner last year was a sequinned pencil skirt. I wore mine really dressed down for a dinner date but I'm going to dress it up next time I get the opportunity to wear it!

ARKELL & WILLS SWEATER, gifted 2018 - similar here
ADIDAS ORIGINALS STAN SMITH'S (currently reduced!)

Back to those New Look leather look trousers. They have been an all round wardrobe winner. They are absolutely perfect for straddling that day to evening look. I often wear mine with a blazer and trainers like so........

VINTAGE M&S BLAZER - eBay search here
NEW LOOK TROUSER, past season - similar here
ADIDAS ORIGINALS STAN SMITH'S (currently reduced!)

NEW LOOK TROUSER, past season - similar here
H&M CAMI TOP (I have a similar past season one - very useful!)

I had to include a dress. I really love this preloved Zara dress that I picked up last year. It does look brilliant with a biker jacket and chunkier boot as well as a more tailored coat and a pair of more elegant knee high boots. But if I get the chance I'll definitely be wearing it like this again.

VINTAGE M&S BLAZER - eBay search here
PRELOVED ZARA DRESS, past season - alternative here
GAP SHOES, past season - alternative here

As you can see I'm all about making the most of what I've got.....everything is multi-purpose. All my pieces are working really hard for me! Can I challenge you to look at your wardrobe with a fresh pair of eyes and see what evening outfits you can pull together with what you've already got? When you wear them can you share them with me? I've adopted a hashtag on Instagram #makingthebestofmywardrobe Don't forget to tag me!! I look forward to getting lots of new outfit inspiration! 

For little more inspiration do check out this blog post here - it's doubtful the links will still work but the outfit ideas still stand!

Back again soon, Michelle x


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