EDITOR’S PICKS: The party pieces that will see you through the season

From the perfect silk dress to plush dance-friendly heels and even the ultimate arm-friendly evening bag, YOU magazine’s senior stylist Emily Dawes picks out the very best party pieces that will see you through the season ahead. Buy now, go wow!

1. The desk-to-dancefloor dress

Kitri

Sadie Green Silk Wrap Dress, £235, kitristudio.com

Kitri is one of my partywear go-tos: grown-up and wearable, but still fun. The tie-waist and high V-neck of this emerald green dress should flatter most shapes while it rises to a number of occasions: smarten it up with strappy heels or go casual with suede knee-high boots.

2. The va-va velvet suit

Zara

Velvet blazer, £69.99, Zara

Zara

Velvet pyjama-style trousers, £39.99, Zara

A velvet blazer took me to 90 per cent of my festive soirées last year, and I’m still smitten. For Christmas parties or black-tie events, wear with matching trousers and red lips. For post-work cocktails or dinner, pair with black jeans for easy-going glamour.

The game-changing top

Rixo

Moss Sequin Silver Stripe Blouse with Necktie, £205, rixo.co.uk

The ideal fancy top to pair with jeans or a midi skirt if dresses aren’t your thing: it’s super-smart, while sequins add festive fizz. An investment piece to enjoy for many Christmases to come.

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The dance-all-night heels

Topshop

Remy Two Part Sandals, £46, Topshop

Ankle support, a manageable heel, plush velvet…these sumptuous sandals in
must-have mustard tick all the comfort boxes while scoring seasonal style points. Muted jewel tones are a great way to add glitz to an outfit without looking kitsch.

The arm-friendly evening bag

Mango

Knotted satin bag in red, £49.99, Mango

As chic as a clutch but far more practical, this top-handle mini tote in sassy red satin screams upscale eveningwear while adding a showstopping shot of colour.

Senior stylist: Emily Dawes. Fashion assistant: Stephanie Sofokleous.