Wedding rings on flower bouquet

The second your BFF shows you her glittering left hand, we all know the brain goes into over drive attempting to plan the perfect outfit for the endless list of events that will now appear on your social calendar. However, when the list of bridal showers, hen’s nights, and of course the engagement party extends longer than your arm, it can cause for some serious confusion and panic attacks over what to wear when.

Whether it is a two-piece outfit or a dress, engagement parties are the perfect place to road test some of the latest fashion trends. So, to ensure you put together the perfect engagement party outfit, from top to toe, and everyone’s stress levels are kept at bay, we’ve put together a little guide to help you along the way.

Decoding the Engagement Party Dress Code

Dress and Chanel bag in designer bathroom  

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Those two tiny words written ever so neatly on the invite, for some, can provide us with ease, whereas for others, whatever follows the dreaded ‘DRESS CODE’ can make them have a nervous break down; How casual is casual? Can I wear pants to a formal event? Is my dress long enough? Are these shoes too fancy? Will I ‘upstage’ the bride?

RELAX! Keep it simple. For smart-casual, go for something fun like this printed Zimmermann swing dress; if the invite says ‘Formal’ dress lengths should be a little longer, think something that falls to the knees; and finally, if it’s Black Tie, look to Elle Zeitoune for a simple yet dramatic gown.

 Crash Course in Colour Coding

60s style dress for engagement party 

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we all know the one rule of thumb when it comes to dressing for a wedding is NO WHITE. Engagement parties however, don’t follow this rule. While this doesn’t mean you can bust out your wedding dress inspired gown, it does mean you don’t have to shy away from that colour. Try something with a print like this dress from C/MEO Collective, for a fun take on the LWD.

If, however, you’re brave enough to go BOLD with a bit of colour, as autumn is well under way, pick a dress in some of the hottest hues of the season – think deep maroons and rich greens– like this one from Self Portrait.

Don’t Forget the Finishing Touches

 Pretty nail designs

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An outfit is never complete once you’ve found your perfect dress, any fashionista knows that it’s the accessories that can make or break the perfect look. An engagement party probably isn’t the best place to break out your new diamond encrusted necklace/bracelet/earrings – you don’t want to take attention away from the bride’s shiny new ring – so keep jewellery simple and to a minimum.

Depending on the location, the type of shoes you wear is very important. Anything outside means stilettos are an automatic no-no! Finally, keeping your makeup light and your hair neat and easy – think loose waves and messy buns – will provide the perfect finishing touches.

Most importantly, of course, is to have fun with your dressing! Engagement parties are a time for celebration, so celebrate your inner fashionista and get creative with your outfit.


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