Look fabulous when the clock strikes midnight
From stunning gowns, that are sure to turn heads, to textured tuxedos, we have the best evening pieces to make sure you stand out from the crowd.
While many see December 31st as the end to the festive period, with red carpet season kicking off in January, followed by anticipation over Meghan Markle’s final dress choice, occasion wear is still very much high up on the agenda.
Make a splash in navy and royal blue
Beat away the idea of January blues with this stylish combination.
While many think that the LBD remains supreme, we are very much turning our attention to royal blue and navy hues as a rich alternative to black and a hue that is much kinder to all complexions too.
This stunning floor length gown in a stiff silk style material with beautifully beaded bodice is a real show stopper and would not look out of place at a film premiere.
When it comes to a complimentary tuxedo, this navy, velvet jacket from newly relaunched Jaeger is absolutely gorgeous.
Give a modern twist to this classic look and team the navy jacket with a pair of traditional black dinner trousers.
Ariana wears: Dress, £475, Dynasty. Earrings, £144, Konplott. Bag, £25.50, Olga Berg.
Freddie wears: Jacket, £249; shirt, £75; trousers £124, all Jaeger. Shoes, £40, River Island. Bow tie, £12.50, Marks and Spencer.
Feel festive in red.
Feeling festive, then this ‘lady in red’, dress from British heritage brand Hobbs is a must.
The interesting cut away neck detail is perfect for showing off shoulders.
This seasonal shade works perfectly with black accessories to make the red even more bold.
Feeling brave, then pair with Mac cosmetics, Ruby Woo red lipstick.
Textured and patterned fabrics have been a big trend in menswear when it comes to suiting and this gorgeous paisley tuxedo jacket from Burton is an absolute bargain coming in at under £100.
Avoid the print overload by teaming this striking jacket with a pair of plain black dinner trousers and don’t forget a stylish and statement watch, like this time piece from Hugo Boss.
Ariana wears: Dress, £249, Hobbs. Shoes, £99, Carvela at Kurt Geiger. Earrings, £144; necklace, £224.50, both Konplott. Bag, £69, Kurt Geiger.
Freddie wears: Suit jacket, £90, Burton. Shirt, £29.50; bow tie, £12.50, both Marks & Spencer. Trousers, £124, Jaeger. Shoes, £40, River Island. Watch, £225, Boss Watches at Hourtime.
Seek out complimentary hues such as forest green and berry tones.
Keep in the holiday spirit with this beautiful forest green, beaded, slip gown from occasion wear specialist Ariella.
The embellishment has a real vintage / 1920’s vibe, so channel those Great Gatsby vibes with a subtle bronzed sparkly eye and plenty of glitz.
Compliment the forest green with this gorgeous berry hued tuxedo jacket with classic black satin trim.
Ariana wears: Dress, £299, Ariella. Bag, £40.50, Olga Berg
Freddie wears: Suit jacket, £220, House of Fraser. Shirt, £18, River Island. Trousers, £124, Jaeger. Bow tie, £12.50, Marks & Spencer. Watch, £225, Boss Watches at Hourtime.
Look for sumptuous fabrics such as on trend brocade
The most common question when selecting evening wear is simply, what to wear as outerwear to keep warm and of course to work with the look.
The simple answer? Faux fur.
This time of year, the high street is awash with coats, jackets, shrugs and collars in a dazzling array of colours and they make the perfect companion to this season’s gowns.
Pair this beautiful brocade skirted dress with a co-ordinated statement heel and bag, picking out the brightest colour pop from the fabric.
Add some costume jewellery, like this oversized jewel necklace from Konplott that nestles into the simple v-neck line perfectly.
Ariana wears: Faux fur collar, £95, Reiss. Dress, £399, Ted Baker. Necklace, £792.50, Konplott. Clutch, £150; heels, £265, both LK Bennett
Freddie wears: Suit jacket, £75; shirt, £29.50; trousers, £25; bow tie, £12.50, all Marks & Spencer. Shoes, £40, River Island. Watch, £225, Boss Watches at Hourtime.
Channel Peaky Blinders in a three pieces suit
Add some wintery magic with this dainty slip dress from American occasion wear brand, Adrianna Papell.
No stranger to the limelight, Adrianna Papell is a favourite for red carpet events with the likes of Julie Walters and Michelle Keegan.
Not wanting to invest in a tuxedo? Then evoke Netflix, Peaky Blinder’s into your wardrobe with this classic three piece suit instead.
Ariana wears: Dress, £180, Adrianna Papell. Necklace, £436, Konplott. Bag, £49, Miss KG at Kurt Geiger
Freddie wears: Suit jacket, £80; waistcoat, £40; trousers, £40, all Burton. Shirt, £29.50, Marks & Spencer. Watch, £225, Boss Watches at Hourtime.
Go midi length in sequins for the wow factor.
When in doubt, sequins are always the answer. Shun the traditional floor sweeper for a fully sequinned midi dress.
The added sparkle counteracts the shorter length and ensures you are still evening wear appropriate.
Team with a complimentary metallic heel and clutch to finish the look.
This gorgeous Monsoon dress with art deco sequin pattern is a bargain at £139 and a classic, style that can be worn again and again.
Ariana wears: Sequin dress, £139, Monsoon. Shoes, £195, LK Bennett. Clutch, £40.50, Olga Berg
Freddie wears: Suit jacket, £85; shirt, £18, both River Island. Trousers, £124, Jaeger. Shoes, £40, River Island.
Adrianna Papell adriannapapell.com
Burton 0344 984 0260, burton.co.uk
Dynasty 020 8736 0200, dynasty.london
Hobbs 020 3095 3939, hobbs.co.uk
Hourtime 01428 664702, hourtime.co.uk
Jaeger 02920 10432, jaeger.co.uk
Kurt Geiger 020 7781 7480, kurtgeiger.com
LK Bennett 0333 577 9900, lkbennett.com
Marks & Spencer 0333 014 8000, marksandspencer.com
Monsoon 020 3372 3052, monsoon.co.uk
Olga Berg olgaberg.com
Reiss 0845 604 7457, reiss.com
River Island 0344 576 6444, riverisland.com
Ted Baker 0345 450 2484, tedbaker.com