Party dressing is all glitz, glamour and fabulosity, right? Yes. But what’s a statement top and an excellent sequin jacket without the grounding of great basics that let these pieces take centre stage? Quite simply nothing.
If there’s one piece championed by those already on the festive circuit right now, it’s a boyish pair of black trousers that could easily be mistaken as those belonging to a school uniform. Zoë Kravitz finds hers at cute-boy favourite Dickies. Yours for £45. Worn with an elegant stiletto, these trousers – called the workpant – immediately loose their utilitarian groundings and become a cool-girl go to.
The boxy shape is a world away from traditional second-skin party dressing and instead offers the ultimate alternative for those of us already up to the elbows in fabulous frocks. You can dance all night in these pants that require no hoisery – hoorah!
Naturally, Bella Hadid is already onto this and has been styling hers with sneakers and a sharp blazer. A brilliant white vest might not scream Christmas festivities but could prove to be a fresh alternative to the standard sparkly option. Meanwhile, BFF Kendall Jenner chose to opt for a shiny pair when out and about in New York recently, and Suki Waterhouse gave hers a jaunty retro spin courtesy of Alexa Chung’s eponymous label.
How will you wear yours? Make these three options a starting point…