With New Year’s Eve only around the corner, I thought that I would post some outfit ideas for “the big night”. These outfits are all made up of things that I already have in my wardrobe. Bits and bobs could be mixed around – shoes swapped with other shoes, tops swapped with other tops – you get the idea. I’m hoping that this post may provide a light bulb moment – for me too! If there’s anything that you like the look of, have a think and see if there’s anything that you have in your wardrobe that you could use to create something similar.
The 1970’s shoes and midi skirt
I liked the idea of wearing these M&S 1970’s inspired shoes in the winter but I haven’t got around to it yet. However a party, or something based largely indoors, would be the perfect opportunity to give them a whirl. Because they are quite chunky they can hold their own against the heavier pleather fabric of the pleated skirt. For me the skirt needs to be midi length to avoid the whole “mutton” look. I chose the top because I really like the sleeve shape but plenty of other top options would work with this skirt.
The PJ top
Wearing PJs for evening wear has been a huge trend for a while now. Whilst my trousers aren’t PJs they are probably the nearest thing in terms of comfort – satin joggers from Topshop. The top is a PJ top though. It’s by Rosie at Autograph and I really like it irrespective of whether it’s a PJ top or not – and it’s probably the comfiest evening out outfit going. The spotty shoes are from Aldo. I love their shoes for their reasonable prices and half sizes.
The fun shoes and sparkly skirt
I bought these shoes this year and they always make me laugh as they definitely verge on the slightly ridiculous. The skirt is a Whistles one that I bought in the sale last year and didn’t ever wear. There’s a closer shot of its sparkle and “fluffiness” below. The silver ribbed top from Primark doesn’t come through very well in the photos. A strappy silky top would work well with this outfit – just not on me! As would sparkly trainers – if I could find any in my size 🙁 I love a big floral midi length skirt too for an evening out. If it’s chilly, wear it with a short chunky jumper for a modern take on evening wear.
Full on sparkle and ripped jeans
I’ve been photo bombed! Sometimes all you need is jeans, a pair of heels and a sparkly top, especially for a trip to the pub. The jeans could be swapped for cigarette pants to make the outfit that bit smarter for a restaurant trip/house party where you’re not quite sure of the dress code.
The top is H&M, the jeans are Zara and the shoes Dune.
The bright trousers
For this look you could go with brocade trousers, or sequin trousers, instead of coloured trousers. A black silk shirt would work well with a louder bottom half, or the lace black top from the first outfit would work with these too, or again, a strappy silk top. Whatever its style, I prefer a plainer top when wearing “shouty” bottoms. I like how the addition of a pair of heels can make an outfit party worthy – so if you’re not a fan of full on sparkle/evening wear, they are a good investment to give a bit of a life to an otherwise plain outfit.
You will note the absence of any dresses. I think that it’s because I don’t have any midi length dresses and a shorter one would need tights and they then present shoe difficulties and anyway the 16 year old needed a lift as she was going out for the night because she has a better social life than I do and now I’m just a taxi driver…..(but I do love being a taxi driver really).
Thank you to everyone for your kind words following yesterday’s post. I really appreciate you all taking time out of your busy lives to drop me a line and offer your words of wisdom. Beth x