This is the season of the parties, and when we're filling up our diaries with event after event, sometimes the biggest question looming over us is working out to what wear.
For those that prefer to dance under the disco ball than to dress like one, the majority of party outfits recommended to us can fall a bit flat. What we prefer is understated elegance, that which comes from beautiful material in a shape that flatters our bodies. Throw in some unexpected detailing and a standout earring and its a fail proof event look you'll actually want to repeat.
Here are our go-to event pieces this party season.
The Must Have Trouser
Christopher Esber has a cult favourite on his hands, and this season has added a wide legged version to the mix that makes us feel like we actually need both. This Bias Satin Trouser is in the wardrobe mix of many stylist women, including Ilona Hamer, Nicole Warne and The UNDONE's Sara Crampton is also a huge fan.
So why do so many women love these cult trousers? The black satin finish is polished but not shiny, and bonus points, doesn't crease. They're cut on the bias so they fall loosely to the ground, and the back elastic makes them super comfortable. Enough said?
The Wrap Blazer Top
A traditional blazer doesn't always feel 'party ready', yet the wrap blazer in a satin finish definitely does. Similar to Christopher Esber's pants, they'e polished but not shiny. Michael Lo Sordo does a great oversized wrap blazer with pockets, perfect for layering with a skirt or trousers, and Kacey Devlin's Rational blouse is a lighter weight version with added sleeve detailing that don't get in the way when you're sipping on your champagne.
An essential on any day, but perfect for a party. Christopher Esber has brought back one of our favourite Bias skirts, and Kacey Devlin's Catalyst skirt has been streamlined to perfection.
Pair them with a wrap blazer or blouse or a party top (up next).
Ahh, the party top. We're always searching for the them but never seem to have enough.
An off the shoulder is a good go-to, and Sir The Label hit the mark with their light weight linen blends, or if its streamlined you're after, Paris Georgia's simple singlet has the sexy 90's square neckline that effortlessly understated.
The new Christopher Esber knit series (coming online very soon) are perfect, and are full of interesting details that work with a simple trouser.
A party look isn't complete without party earrings.
Natasha Schweitzer has updated her classic double drop hoops with an elegant pearl, By Nye's hand crafted pieces shine with our favourite Lucid drops, or if you're after a more rustic vibe Ryan Storer and Albus Lumen have collaborated on another earring collection made from brass and hand painted brown patina.