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5 new ways to dress up for party season

From high-impact and subtly sexy to modern twists on chic classics: nail your after-dark wardrobe with our Partywear Trend Report, starring Danish stylist and creative director JEANETTE MADSEN

Photography Jens LangkjearStyling Anina Heé


“I love to party and I really love to dress up. I think it’s because my style is so relaxed every day and because, as a mum, nights out don’t happen often, but when I go out I want to put on some heels and really embrace it. Animal print is such a timeless trend; we see it again and again because there’s a bit of sexiness in it and it’s not necessarily colorful but the pattern is still exciting. My own wardrobe is usually full of leopard print, but right now I also love zebra: because it’s black and white it can really carry colorful accessories, whether it’s a crazy rainbow pouch or jewel-colored heels.”

I love to add big statement earrings to my outfit, even if everything else that I’m wearing is also really flashy


“The slip is a classic, something you can style for any environment. You can wear it with boots, you can wear a T-shirt or turtleneck underneath it, or a sweater above it – it’s a piece that every girl should have in their wardrobe. I prefer my slip dresses with really thin straps and to show a bit of ankle as it gives shape to your figure. I really like a deep-V, too; it’s sexy and complements a woman’s body. For evening, I’d wear a slip with ankle boots or a pair of really high heels – a ’90s-style sandal is very now and it extends the leg, which is great when you’re not that tall. And if it’s really cold, I’d wear a long, fuzzy coat over the top.”

I prefer a heel that is a maximum of 4in when going out. That’s the perfect height: I want to dance and if I’m not comfortable, then it won’t feel right
  • Joseph
    Clea silk-satin maxi dress
  • Pomellato
    18-karat rose gold, tiger eye and diamond ring
  • Alexandre Birman
    Shanty watersnake slingback sandals
  • Cartier
    Panthère de Cartier medium 27mm 18-karat pink gold and diamond watch


“I think a blazer is really cool. I look for one with a slim waist and wide shoulders so it has a feminine and masculine mix in the most flattering way possible. If it’s cut long enough you can wear it as a dress with nothing underneath, but I like to layer it over leggings or cycling shorts too. I have a lot of blazers and I would wear any of them when going out: one night, it could be one with embellishments or something metallic; another night, a plain checked blazer or an all-black one. There are no rules, it’s just what you prefer.”

The perfect party outfit has to have accessories. It’s all about glam: there has to be sequins, glitter, fringing, a lot going on
  • Blazé Milano
    Everyday double-breasted metallic linen-blend blazer
  • James Perse
    Cropped stretch-scuba leggings
  • Malone Souliers
    Marguerite 100 velvet and leather-trimmed mesh mules
    Crystal-embellished wool-blend gabardine blazer


“Right now, the ’80s are coming back because we need more party in our life! We have to get out and have fun, and enjoy and embrace that we can dress up. For me, a mini dress is the best part of an outfit when going out because you can show your legs. You can show whatever you’re proud of – with a deep V-neck or a short hem or a low back – just don’t show everything at once. I often go bare-legged because wearing tights with high heels can be difficult, but I love this polka-dot pair; they make the look fun but still sexy.”

I love the idea of wearing boots with something short: sock boots are really flattering, but knee- or thigh-high boots look great too
    Ruched jacquard mini dress
  • Ulla Johnson
    Fleur embellished embroidered velvet shoulder bag
  • Alessandra Rich
    Silver-tone crystal clip earrings
  • Prada
    Bow-embellished suede sandals


“I can’t resist anything with sparkles or sequins, and I love the idea of wearing them with jeans. They’re effortless but also chic; the perfect mix of something crazy and something really basic. If I were a different girl, I would definitely go for sequined shoes instead of a sequined top. It’s a surprising element: you can be classic on the top and then have amazing shoes and it looks great. But if I’m going out, I want to have fun and dress up – I’m going to wear a pair of crazy statement shoes and a sequined top.”

I really like carrying a small pouch with a lot of tassels hanging from it; it’s really cute and it makes your look less serious
    Cold-shoulder sequined tulle turtleneck top
    Riley cropped high-rise straight-leg jeans
    Feather-trimmed sequined tulle top
  • Aquazzura
    + Sabine Getty So Sabine crystal-embellished suede and PVC mules


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