Creating a knockout look for the evening

Creating a knockout look for the evening

More formal evenings out give you a perfect excuse to add a touch of glamour to your outfits, lifting your style right out of the ordinary. Whether it's a dinner with friends or a wedding reception, there are plenty of fabulous options to help you look and feel fantastic, whatever the occasion.

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Dressy knitwear

Using lace is the perfect way to update your knitwear, giving you an air of easy elegance. A jumper with a lightweight lace overlay and sheer sleeves will add style and glamour to your look, whether you're wearing it to the theatre, a local restaurant or a friend's house.

Having the sleeves covered in a feminine, sheer pattern will keep you covered while still showing a bit of skin, which is ideal if you don't feel confident about having bare, exposed arms.

With such an intricate pattern, you can go quite minimal and sophisticated with your accessories, so a simple pendant necklace might be ideal. Finish off the ensemble with fitted jeans or an understated skirt and you're ready for a relaxed evening.

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Comfortable sparkle

A basic jersey top can be made to look really elegant. With some embellishment around the neckline, it can be as dressy as you want therefore making it perfect for an evening do. An elasticated waist or cuff can create a really flattering shape, and this will also feel much more comfortable. Longer sleeves that nip in at the cuff will also give you a little bit extra warmth in cooler months.

If you pick a top with a fairly plain colour, you could try pairing it with some printed trousers, which will look really smart as well as stylish. For extra comfort, look out for discreet elasticated waistbands.

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As far as shoes are concerned, wedges or heeled boots will elongate your legs and add a dressy feel that's perfect for evenings out. Team it up with a stylish blazer or jacket for when the temperature drops, and you will look great as well as feeling really comfortable.

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Maxi dress

For something that will be just as comfortable as it is stylish, you can't go far wrong with a maxi dress. With countless different styles available, you can find one to suit any occasion. Dresses with gathers around the waistline will create a very flattering shape, whilst embellishments along the neck look really feminine.

A maxi dress would be an ideal option for a summer wedding, as the light and flowy fabrics will keep you cool without compromising on style. Cotton will give you a light and airy feel, whilst jersey offers a little extra warmth in between seasons. Enhance the look with a linen-blend jacket and an elegant fascinator for style and sophistication.

Alternatively, during winter, a printed tunic with a smart pair of trousers, leggings, or even a full-length skirt will ensure you are covered up while still looking really glamorous. Wear this with heeled boots for a little bit of added comfort.

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Printed dress

A bold print promises to stop you from blending into the background, whilst drapey and soft fabrics offer unbeatable comfort that will see you through any occasion. The elegant drape of viscose highlights curves in all the right places, whilst it's lighter weight makes it a perfect choice for warm summer evenings.

On cooler evenings, pair your favourite printed dress with a cosy cardigan for extra warmth. Don't feel like you have to skimp on style to stay warm though - simply pull on a cardigan that complements the print of your dress and tuck it all in to a waist belt to accentuate your shape. If your print is really bold, keep the colour and style of your additional layers clean and simple.

The prints you choose may differ throughout the year. Florals are perfect for spring and summer, while richer colours and jewel tones work really well during autumn and winter. Keep in mind which colours suit you best too.(If you want a helping hand where this is concerned, check out our colour guide; Which colours suits you best?.

Although it may not feel like it at times - whether it's summer or winter, casual or formal – there is an outfit for every occasion. Whether you opt for prints, layers, accessories or fancy fabrics, once you know what suits you and what you feel comfortable in, stylish dressing can become completely effortless.

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