What party dress suits you?

What party dress suits you?

It’s time to hit the party scene. But what are you going to wear? Wallis has your dream dress covered.


Red halter dress

Occasion: The long movie-star silhouette makes it perfect for Christmas parties or Black tie events. But this is no one hit wonder – the detailing and casual fabric scream timeless investment.

Body match: Want a Hollywood waist? Then, this is the dress for you. “The draping over the tummy and hips makes it figure flattering to most body shapes,” says Wallis Designer Gillian Hughes.

Styling tip: The on-trend necklace detail calls for minimal jewellery. So keep accessories to a killer pair of heels and a simple clutch bag.

Beauty match: Red lipstick and glowing skin are all you need. For a youthful, modern finish try applying red lipstick then paring it back, as seen at Miu Miu’s AW13 catwalk show. They outlined the lips with a pencil, filled them in, and then powdered, before dabbing off some colour with a cleansing wipe for an “undone” look.

Blue zip detail dress

Occasion: From low-key office party to celebrating with the in-laws, this cobalt blue number can be dressed up or down to suit the party vibe.

Body match: Upper arms and thighs are discreetly disguised, making this a great show-off piece for those with shapely legs.

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Styling tip: Hitting the bar straight from work? This is a dress with serious options. “Team with opaque tights and a shoe boot for day and then throw on a statement necklace and strappy heels for night,” suggests designer Gillian.

Beauty match: Get inspired by Prada’s AW13 catwalk show and work this season’s monochromatic eyes and a flawless complexion. Apply a cream foundation using fingertips and blend seamlessly. Touch up your eyebrows with a pencil, then apply eyeshadow in a subtle bronze tone into the crease of the eyelid, blending it along with lower lash line. It’s a sexy, sultry, ultra-modern look.

Little black (embellished) dress

Occasion: Timeless and elegant in shape, the embellished neckline gives this LBD a new flirty twist.

Body match: Great for emphasising curves, the draping over the tummy cinches in your waist. Plus, legs get just enough exposure with the slashed hemline.

Styling tip: Simple strappy sandals or brightly coloured pumps won’t fight with the hemline. But some oomph is required, so we say pair with an oversized clutch instead of jewellery.

Beauty match: A strong lip and matching nails will offset the black a treat. But give red a rest and try one of the new berry shades seen at Louis Vuitton and Dior for added edge.

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