The good news is that it’s nearly party season. The bad news is that if you didn’t love the cut-out trend that dominated last summer, it’s still around – and going nowhere fast.
However, there are plenty of other trends bubbling away – from the rise of sheer fabrics to the return of the mini skirt – and staples like the slip dress are still going strong.
The ICONIC head of womenswear Nicole Adolphe points to matching top-and-skirt sets as one of her favourite emerging trends for the party season.
“The matching set for me cost-wise is a fave, as it means I have a new top that can be paired back with jeans or pants and a skirt that can be worn with another top to get maximum cost per wear out of the outfit,” she says.
The rise of ruching and draping is another trend Adolphe will be buying into. “It’s really flattering especially around the mid-section as body con styles are not a favourite of mine.”
When it comes to accessorising, statement earrings are an easy way to update or elevate a simple party outfit. Oversized, modern shapes dominate.
Discover stylist Bree Macara’s edit of party wear below. She’s also included a handful of rentals for those looking to save their pennies (and the planet) this party season.
Nicole’s picks of the trends she’s seeing emerge this party season.