The Fashion Memo

How Team NET-A-PORTER Is Styling Toteme Eveningwear For The Holiday Season

This year, whether you’re attending a glamorous cocktail soirée, have tickets to the ballet or are hosting an intimate dinner for loved ones, NET-A-PORTER’s exclusive capsule with Toteme promises to bring a little polish to your party look, with a seasonless edit of dresses and separates that are sufficiently elevated for after dark yet versatile enough to be dressed down for more low-key occasions, too

Hosting at home? Timeless velvet separates make getting ready a breeze – and a joy. Add directional heels for a celebratory spin

Alice Casely–Hayford, content director

“Since I had my son, party season hasn’t looked quite like it used to. Hosting dinners at home is the best way to catch up with friends we don’t see as much as we’d like, and the perfect excuse to dress up. As a huge fan of Toteme already, I’ve had my eye on every item in its gorgeous capsule collection, but this velvet two-piece will be my go-to for the festive period. Versatile, elegant and super-comfortable, it is ideal for looking chic while shaking up cocktails. Worn together, the timeless silhouettes make for the easiest throw-on party look, and the top and skirt can be mixed and matched with your favorite items from your closet. I’ll be piling on jewelry and teaming the look with my Amina Muaddi heels. I may only be in my own home, but ’tis the season to look and feel fabulous.”

Gillian Brett, head of fashion content

“This ruffled midi dress is a complete savior when you have winter weddings or impromptu engagement celebrations to attend. The demure high neckline and clean-line silhouette speak to Toteme’s precise design DNA, while the ruffled hem adds a playful finish. The striking Martini-green hue reads like a neutral while still providing a subtle hit of color – which, as someone who relies far too heavily on LBDs, I can appreciate. With a simple design, you have a blank canvas on which to dial your look up, or down, as you see fit. Go big on bling, I say, so double up on diamonds with Anita Ko’s dreamy tennis bracelet and drop earrings, or consider some subversive pearls by Sophie Bille Brahe. Complete the look with a pair of pumps with a slightly square toe (an ultra-modern yet timeless shape) and a sleek shoulder bag. With this beauty in your eveningwear closet, you’re primed to RSVP ‘yes’ to any unexpected invitations.”

A ruffled midi dress is at once demure yet playful, providing the perfect blank canvas on which to dress it up, or down, as the mood takes you
After-work drinks require an outfit that’s both office- and party-appropriate – a gathered silk-satin top and sateen straight-leg pants set just the right tone

Viktorija Tomasevic, junior shopping editor

“My evening look doesn’t differ much from my day look – I like to wear outfits that can work for any occasion. You will never see me wearing sequins or anything OTT, which is why I particularly love this Toteme evening collection: it’s simple but still makes a statement, and the versatile, classic pieces are ones you’ll wear season after season. I’d pair this silk-satin top with black tailored pants and kitten heels for a night out with friends, and when the festive season is over, I’d wear it with jeans and flat shoes to the office.”

Maya Gunavardhana, fashion assistant

“Cut from the finest dupion silk in a striking green color, this dress will bring refinement to any cocktail party you attend. Also good: its strapless, folded neckline and elegant A-line shape create a super-flattering silhouette. With this dress, less is definitely more, so keep the rest of your outfit simple to make a chic statement. A pair of black strappy stilettos or kitten heels will go perfectly with it to give you an effortless party look, while a small black bag from The Row, a bold Anita Ko diamond necklace and perhaps a few rings from Spinelli Kilcollin are the ideal finishing touches. In keeping with Toteme’s philosophy of seasonless fashion, this dress will see you through many special occasions for years to come.”

A strapless dupion midi dress in Martini-green makes a considered alternative to black – just the ticket for a cocktail party

Libby Page, market director

“Velvet is the perfect rich texture for the holiday season, and this Toteme dress is a minimalist’s dream look. I’ll be styling mine with simple, chic flats and super-sheer tights. While I love black, a pop of color for the holidays is always nice, so I’ll add a red lip and a sparkling evening bag to keep things suitably dressed up. My favorite thing about this style? The comfort! Its dropped hem and relaxed fit means I needn’t worry about the copious amounts of cheese I’ll be consuming…”

With its relaxed shape and sculptural ruffle hem, this velvet one-piece offers the perfect combination of comfort and classic style
Toteme's classic blazer and straight-leg pants are cut from a smooth sateen with a subtle sheen – an understated detail that’s perfect for the holiday season

Kara Kia, fashion content editor

“After seeing photos of Bianca Jagger’s suit collection, I have been on the hunt for my own sleek ivory version. Toteme’s design embodies a similar rebellious sophistication. The slight sheen of the fabric lends itself perfectly to formal events, and the sharp tailoring is dynamic yet elegant. It’s the ideal look for an evening at the ballet, the theater, or as a bridal suit (any time of year). I would soften the look by wearing it on bare skin with a dainty silk bralette peeking out, paired with beige heeled sandals, pearl earrings and a gold clutch, before finishing with a deep plum shade of lipstick.”