Four Alternatives to the Little Black Dress this Party Season

As party season reaches fever pitch, it is time to rethink our festive wardrobe: out with the little black dress, we say – as reliable as it may be – and time to embrace a sartorial approach to your festive style. The African runways of the 2015 brought us so many other alternatives it would be a waste to stick to the tried and tested LBD – instead ’tis the season to jazz up your party style with new loos from sleek jumpsuits to the LMD (little metallic dress).


Jumping for Joy

This season has shown once again that jumpsuits which have been the staple of many a runway are here to stay – and we are glad they are. From Tiffany Amber’s indigo number to Ejiro Amos Tafiri’s tasteful colour blocking at Lagos Fashion Design Week 2015 to the black cut-out from David Koma at London Fashion Week, designers on the continent and beyond gave us plenty options. Perfect for the office with a blazer thrown on top as well as the evening cocktails paired with sandals and a cute clutch, opt for a chic jumpsuit to share the joy this festive season.


Shine Bright 

Forget the little black dress; there is no time like now to don the LMD – little metallic dress. Whether you go for gold like Thula Sindi or shake things up a little a la Tiffany Amber with metallic blue, opt for a showstopper to steal the show this party season. Make sure the keep the hemlines no longer than below the knee though so you are not dressed like you are heading for a awards red carpet.


Belle of the Ball

No, Cinderella, you can stay way past midnight at Christmas time – but not in a ball gown. If you want to feel like the belle of the ball but a fluffy gown is taking it a little too far, you can still feel like a princess with plenty of layers and volume to play with. Gone are the days of body cons we used to squeeze ourselves in; volume is in, all thanks to designers such as Ade Bakare, Tsemaye Binitie and Weiz Dhurm Franklyn. Think peplums, puff ball sleeves and lots of loose layering.

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Make like a Man

At South Africa Fashion Week it was the utility inspired looks from Amanda Laird Cherry; at Lagos Fashion Design Week, Ejiro Amos Tafiri gave us the traditional look, while April by Kunbi sexed up the tuxedo and Mai Atafo gave us masculine casuals. For any belle of the ball at the Christmas do, there is a tomboy. If you’re that girl, lucky for you, the options are endless, and of course so easy to transition from day to night – exactly what you need this time of the year when every evening ends with yet another party.


Photography: Simon Deiner/SDR Photo 

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