Dark months call for rich, tactile textures; velvet is our preferred choice, especially in louche, languid silhouettes and jewel shades. Layer Norma Kamali’s mannish blazer over delicate silk evening dresses for a contemporary take on art deco dressing; Erdem’s exquisitely embroidered gown is just the ticket. Add a simple pair of sandals – the dress will make enough of a statement on its own – and crystal earrings that will scintillate under the lights.
The perfect suit
Subvert sartorial tradition by switching to a suit this FW21 season – a suit’s dress-up-or-down versatility gives it increased wardrobe mileage, which is a fundamental factor in how we dress today. Opt for a statement yet earthy shade that will last season after season; Saint Laurent’s tan 1970s-style two-piece is a failsafe choice. With a nipped waist offset by slim tailored pants, this suit can be paired with skyscraper stilettos and an understated clutch for an elegant, modern look.
Because we’ve all been spending a lot more time outside this past year, green has landed front and center of designers’ color spectrum this season; and zingy iterations are a modern take on winter’s classic darker palette. Opt for elongated hemlines in desirable fabrics that feel both refined yet effortless; Christopher Esber’s shirt dress mimics the ease of a two-piece without the need for styling. Add ’90s-inspired barely-there sandals and gold-tone jewelry to dial up the glamour.
Sparkle and shine
Sequins and satin are synonymous with parties, and there’s no reason a wedding should be the exception. Dial them down a notch (you don’t want to outshine the bride) by opting for separates: a glittering top in unexpected shades – think sorbet-inspired pastels that feel icy fresh – can be paired with simple pants and neutral accessories.
Day to night
This is how to transition from an afternoon ceremony to a dance-all-night reception. Belt yourself into a chic camel coat for the first part of the day, displaying a subtle flash of femininity with a sleek sandal, then slip off your coat to reveal a silky dress in a deep-chocolate shade that says demure by day and dance-floor queen by night.