When it comes to choosing fancy outfits for upscale parties, many of us switch to autopilot and reach straight for the little black dress. While it may be a timeless and flattering option, it’s fair to say it’s also a safe and predictable choice.
Black can still be your color of choice–after all, it goes with nearly everything else in your closet. But black doesn’t have to come in the form of a little dress. Step out of your comfort zone this party season with these three chic and figure-flattering outfit alternatives that will turn heads for all of the right reasons.
3 Fancy Outfits That’ll Get Attention
Black Lace Jumpsuit
Take the stress out of styling separates with an all-in-one. A tailored or lace little black jumpsuit is an elegant option for dinners and evening events. Team with simple heels and a sparkly clutch for a foolproof look. A jumpsuit with cigarette trousers and lace, off-the-shoulder sleeves offers a contemporary take on a retro shape.
The Flared Skirt
Make a statement with a full skirt. Feminine, flirty and super-fun to wear, an a-line midi skirt will cinch you in at the waist, creating a slimming effect. Allow the attention to stay firmly on the fullness of the skirt by tucking in a simple camisole top or blouse. Wear with a fitted turtleneck for winter parties, or team with an embellished bolero jacket and a silk strappy top for glitzy occasions.
Wide-legged trousers are a great option for those who prefer to keep their legs covered up. Team with peep-toe heels for a leg-lengthening effect. Balance is the key with wide legs, so choose a fitted top. Add a tailored blazer for extra structure with floaty fabrics. Pull it all together with a statement necklace.
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