Partywear and coats: the perfect pairings

Power prints and double-breasted coats, leather jackets and mini dresses: some couples are made to be. These are our expert-approved tips on how to pick the right outerwear for your outfit.


Elegant proportions

From dinner and drinks to a night at the theatre, a printed dress and a long coat makes for the ultimate celebration-season pairing. We love this vibrant midi design and smart double-breasted coat from Sandro. The clashing colours sit on opposite sides of the colour wheel, meaning they work in perfect harmony when worn together.

Top tip: Match the length of your coat to your dress for a look that’s considered and pulled together. Where you can’t, swing to the opposite end of the spectrum with a drastically different length. Think a cropped biker jacket with a midi skirt or a mini dress beneath a duster jacket.


Contrasting styles

For occasion wear with a little more edge (think drinks with friends in the city rather than your office Christmas party), look for a shorter hemline and unexpected accessories. We love this mini dress from Maje for its ditsy print, especially when you wear it beneath the brand’s leather biker jacket. Just add a pair of black boots and a bright boxy clutch bag to complete the look.

Top tip: Styling is all about balance – pair something feminine, such as a frilly, mini dress, with a more masculine jacket for high-impact contrast.


The perfect palette

Not one to be relegated to office wear only, tailoring has the power to add a little polish to the party season. And no matter the occasion, look no further than this pairing from BOSS. The animal print dress offers day-to-night elegance, while the fitted camel-hued coat adds an extra layer of style for when the winter winds draw in.

Top tip: There’s little more satisfying than a colour coordinated outfit – and if you can’t pair the colours perfectly, try to stick to one palette.


High-low styling

Dresses not a typical part of your wardrobe? This statement blue jumpsuit from Claudie Pierlot might be the perfect occasion wear for you. Long in length and cinched in at the waist, we love this design as a more casual approach to occasion wear (its short sleeves and collared neckline would work just as with a denim jacket and trainers come summer). But, add some platforms and it’s an easy all-in-one outfit that’s perfect for all the dancing that comes with party season!

Top tip: Smarten up a more casual look with a touch of tailoring – a tuxedo-style blazer, such as this one from BOSS, adds sophistication to a day-to-night jumpsuit.