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Party trends for every budget

Aquarius reader Lucy Chan ditches her faithful LBD for some more on-trend festive-season styles that will wow without breaking the bank

By Danielle Elmes-Hughes
15 Dec 2015 | 03:00 pm
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Lucy Chan, 
30

Lives in JLT and works in social media marketing

‘My usual go-to party attire is simple fitted dresses in either black or another block colour and minimal accessories – I’m excited about mixing it up a bit and finding some new fail-safe glam outfits for nights out on the town!’

Under Dh450

Purple reign

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Dress, Dh145, New Look; Heels, Dh199, H&M; Necklace, Dh30, Iconic; Rings (set of 3), Dh69, H&M. Total: Dh443 

Stylist’s tip An alternative to the classic evening black and metallic hues is the very-berry colour palette. We styled this outfit with a nod to the 1920s with strappy T-bar heels and a long jewel pendant for ultra glam status!

Under Dh650

70s disco

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Jumper, Dh99, H&M; Skirt, Dh149, H&M; Heels, Dh125, Spurr at Namshi.com; Clutch, Dh140, Iconic; Earrings, Dh49, H&M; Rings (set of 3), Dh69, H&M. Total: Dh631 

Stylist’s tip New to the party scene this season is the 70s disco trend. Avoid looking like a glitter ball – opt for a sophisticated pencil skirt instead of an all-over sequin dress and add a modern nod by pairing it with a Lurex high-neck jumper. Bright lips and
a top knot will balance out an outfit that could so easily go OTT with big hair!

Fabulous futuristic

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Top, Dh110, Iconic; Skirt, Dh140, Iconic; Heels, Dh230, Missguided at Namshi.com; Clutch, Dh99, New Look; Necklace, Dh60, Iconic. Total: Dh639 

Stylist’s tip Forget partying like it’s 1999 – it’s all about partying like it’s 2099 now! Mix futuristic textures and metallics in a strong silhouette for a back-to-the-future look. Adding statement heels, a reflective clutch or an oversized space-age necklace will do the trick.

Under Dh800

Night garden

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Dress, Dh465, Miss Selfridge at Namshi.com; Heels, Dh189, New Look; Clutch, Dh75, F+F; Earrings, Dh30, Iconic. Total: Dh759 

Stylist’s tip The silhouette of this dress is not only fabulously flattering for Lucy’s shape, but it suits her fun and youthful personality, which instantly reflected in her mood as soon as she stepped into it. An unusual night-time choice, this pretty floral print was vamped up with black strappy heels and given a more-is-more ‘Russian doll’ feel by adding a beaded clutch.

Under Dh1,200

Eastern promise

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Top, Dh595, Bebe; Skirt, Dh130, Iconic; Heels, Dh249, New Look; Clutch, Dh129, Koton; Earrings, Dh49, H&M; Bangle, Dh35, Ella at Namshi.com. Total: Dh1,187 

Stylist’s tip Go East with an exotic floral top or dress and add fringed accessories (a mega micro trend right now) and you’re ready to board the Orient Express! This is a statement party look that’s easy to achieve.

Under Dh1,300

Party pleather

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Jacket, Dh249, Koton; Top, Dh99, H&M; Trousers, Dh495, Bebe; Clutch, Dh99, New Look; Necklace, Dh99, H&M; Ring (set of 3), Dh69, H&M. Total: Dh1,289 

Stylist’s tip The stores are full of pleather (faux leather) right now, which is perfect for vamped-up party style on a budget. Mix a festive red-marsala hue with evening black and a touch of gold for a confident style-savvy look.

By Danielle Elmes-Hughes

By Danielle Elmes-Hughes

Fashion and Beauty Director