Everything but the dress: Alternative party outfits

The festive party season is here, meaning you’ll probably have loads of reasons to get glammed up and enjoy yourself with family and friends. In fact, you’ve probably been inundated with ideas for the perfect party frock, which is perfect if you like wearing dresses, but not great if you don’t.

Luckily, you don’t need to stick to wearing a party dress this season, as there are plenty of alternative outfits that look just as glamorous and fashionable. This means that you can find the right look for your style and ensure you feel comfortable at every event over the next couple of months.

Here are some of our favourite alternative party outfits that are sure to make you stand out this winter:


There’s something incredibly chic about a jumpsuit, making it a perfect choice for festive parties. The style is really versatile, but it is also incredibly functional in that it offers more cover than a dress, which is ideal for winter.

You can get jumpsuits in a number of styles, including strapless, long-sleeved and backless. You may also want to opt for features like a plunging neckline or peplum detailing, which can help to make your choice a bit more interested and party-ready.

Jumpsuits look great in a variety of colours too, which means you’re sure to find the right one for you. From just black to glittery or a bright shade, this item of clothing can work with any trend.

We recommend keeping it simple by opting for a chic black strapless jumpsuit, teamed with a waist-cinching belt, clutch bag and statement earrings. Add in smoky eye makeup and red lipstick and you’ll be turning heads more than in any party dress.

Leather-look leggings

For those who want to be comfortable and look good on a night out this season, leather-look leggings are a great way to go. These help to show off your legs without you having to get them out and will work with practically any style.

Leggings will also allow you to make a statement with the top you’re wearing, which can be super glitzy, simple or cropped – whatever you like! You could also pair them with a leather jacket for a chic biker-inspired look that is sure to make you stand out for all the right reasons.

What makes them even better is that most footwear looks good with this style of leggings, so you can opt for heels, flats or boots without having to worry about which works best.


If you do want to get your legs out but don’t want to wear a dress, a playsuit could be the perfect option. Rather than full-length trousers like you get with jumpsuits, playsuits have shorts, which can be teamed with tights, leggings or bare legs if you’re feeling brave this winter.

Because they let you get your legs out, playsuits tend to come with high collars, which can be lightened up a bit if you opt for a style that makes use of sheer fabric or lace. This can stop the neckline being too much and adds an element of texture to your outfit.

Team playsuits with bracelets or statement rings for added bling without unbalancing your outfit.

If you’ve got the perfect party outfit sorted, have a look at what jewellery and accessories we have new in to help complete your ensemble and ensure you’re the belle of the ball.

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