Investment Pieces to Kickstart the Party Season

These items will see you through the season in style


Words by Nicole Thomsen
December 7th, 2017

As Christmas edges closer and closer, we’re tasked with the constant dilemma of what to wear to each of the many events that occur throughout the festive season. From the unavoidable work party to the long overdue drinks with the girls and not to mention New Year’s Eve, sometimes getting dressed is a minefield. Which is why we’re relying on the classics this year. Foolproof pieces that are worth investing in because you can wear them year after year without fear of looking dated or so last season.

Browse our edit of must-have partywear investments below and be the best-dressed guest year after year.


Black Velvet Dress

Meet the BVD (black velvet dress). While it may come and go as a seasonal trend, you can always rely on velvet being a big-hitter for the party season each year. The key is to invest in black designs as these will remain timeless while colour trends come and go.

This luxe dress from & Other Stories ticks all the right boxes as it’s both elegant and festive with neat gold-tone embroidery making it the perfect party number. Its simple design also means it can be worn again and again. Plus, with a dress as beautiful as this, who wouldn’t want to wear it every day?

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The right pair of shoes can elevate any look but for purposes of longevity, you should invest in a classic style such as the open toe sandal or pointed court. Plain and simple, these streamlined styles will work with almost every outfit you put together and if you opt for luxe materials that are synonymous with the party season such as satin and velvet, they’ll be sure to add a festive touch. The heel height is up to you!

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Luxe Tailoring

Partywear doesn’t have to be all about sequins and glitter. A tailored two-piece can look equally as suave not to mention being a wise investment as you can wear the jacket and trousers together or separately, giving you plenty of styling options to see you from one party to the next. Embrace this chic design as an alternative to the LBD (or the BVD) and instead opt for something like the Whistles kimono co-ord below which was given the seal of approval by maven46 Editor, Tanya in last month’s Black Friday post.

Of course, black is a classic and can be worn year round but for a truly festive spin, you can’t go wrong with a touch of metallic.

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Evening Bag

Choosing the right bag to accompany your outfit is an important task but one that is often ignored until you’re on the dancefloor with an awkwardly shaped purse getting in the way of some serious dance moves. Our tip? Invest in an evening bag with a strap so you can go hands-free when the moment calls. And for those times when only a clutch will do, you can simply hide the chain inside the bag.

You can also take this as the perfect excuse to splurge on that designer bag you coveted for so long such as the classic Lily from Mulberry which is the ideal evening bag. With its elegant and simple design, it will last you forever.

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Going Out Top

Jeans and a nice top. Sound familiar? The failsafe combo is a classic for a reason. Having a good selection of ‘going out’ tops on rotation will save you in times of need when you think you’ve got nothing to wear but in reality, there’s a plethora of options in your wardrobe.

With the right top, the rest of your outfit can take a backseat. Team it with your favourite jeans for a low-key affair or with a pair of tuxedo trousers from above for something chicer. For something that will stand the test of time, avoid anything too trend-driven and opt for lace camis and silk blouses.

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