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Elevate your wardrobe: dinner party styles for festive occasions

It’s time to elevate your home wardrobe for hosting in style. Just in time for the festive season, we have picked some chic, timeless and flattering outfits for your dinner parties. Whether you are hosting a family Christmas lunch, attending a long-awaited intimate dinner with friends, putting your party shoes on for a New Year’s eve celebration, or simply having a romantic date à deux — Galvan has an outfit for every occasion. Dress codes may be more casual, but don’t save your best dress for next year. In true Galvan style, we suggest you wear something that makes you feel your best you: empowered and fabulous, whilst still comfortable. Luckily Galvan has a selection of outfits to tick all these boxes. So here’s our guide to dressing up to stay in, for the season ahead.

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Elevate your wardrobe: Dinner party styles for festive occasions

It’s time to elevate your home wardrobe for hosting in style. Just in time for the festive season, we have picked some chic, timeless and flattering outfits for your dinner parties. Whether you are hosting a family Christmas lunch, attending a long-awaited intimate dinner with friends, putting your party shoes on for a New Year’s eve celebration, or simply having a romantic date à deux — Galvan has an outfit for every occasion. Dress codes may be more casual, but don’t save your best dress for next year. In true Galvan style, we suggest you wear something that makes you feel your best you: empowered and fabulous, whilst still comfortable. Luckily Galvan has a selection of outfits to tick all these boxes. So here’s our guide to dressing up to stay in, for the season ahead.

What to wear to a friends' dinner party

Who said casual was boring? You may have known these friends for years, but you may not have seen them much this year. Be yourself but show them you made an effort at the same time. Casual chic has two answers, in Galvan terms: stylish separates or a cool jumpsuit. Our satin Valletta skirts and matching camis are the ultimate effortless yet sexy separates. Dress them up with block heeled sandals or down with sneakers. Alternatively, pair a statement top like our new Penelope with flowing sash, with jeans or slashed crepe trousers. Final option: a classic jumpsuit for cool style points. With minimalist separates, you can express your personality with fun accessories — a chunky stone necklace, gold coin charm bracelet or classic timepiece will make this look unique. Now be the perfect guest: don’t forget to bring a house present or homemade treats for that special touch.

What to wear if you are hosting a dinner

It is a fine line between the “just got out of bed” and “artfully effortless" home style and you must make sure your outfit is on the right side of homely if you are the host. Here is our top tip: choose one statement piece — say, a chic dress — and you can wear your favourite velvet slippers with it. A slip dress is an ideal choice because it retains the cool chicness of elevated loungewear. Our Burnt Valletta comes in warm cinnamon or calm sage. If you are not into dresses, our Julianne suit will give off similar chic lounge vibes, in all its wide-legged satin glory. Add a chic headband or oversized earrings. Now time to start mixing those margaritas, your guests are on their way!

What to wear to a formal dinner party

Formal occasions call for your smartest evening wear. Whether they be a gala dinner, a black-tie reception or a charity evening, you must put your best foot forward. For this the dress code will require a longer length, from calf-length to full length dresses. Our Manhattan dress has just the right amount of skin on show to exude a glimpse of fun for the after-party, yet the sweetheart neckline and classic black ribbed jersey are most fitting for a formal occasion. Our infinitely elegant Frosted gown in a clean long line of black velvet will suit even the smartest winter events. A scintillating line of silver elevates it with a twist. Chic suiting is another smart and modern option for these formal events. Our Slashed suit in liquid cinnamon satin is feminine yet empowered. And for the most timeless option, our Single Breasted suit will be winner for more events that we can count, so invest without delay.

What to wear to a festive dinner party

In a Galvan world, festive can be summarised in two words: velvet and sequins. Our Wrap dress delicately punctuated with devoré florals in dark petrol is a winner. Or you could go for our best-selling Winter Sun Suit in lush aubergine, emerald or golden velvets. No need for jewellery with these jewelled tones. On the sequin front, our cropped Valletta dress balances sparkle in the form of thousands of rose gold paillettes, with an easy slip dress cut, cropped at ankle-length for the ultimate party moves. Finally, the Pride Wrap dress encapsulates your ideal festive party look: seasonal gold paired with chic black, with a hint of Studio 54 vibes thanks to stripes and a lush satin sash. Pairs beautifully with a glass of champagne!

What to wear to a work dinner party

The infamous work party. You want to look your best but also still professional. We have all the answers. First: the LBD. It is a classic for a reason, and our Adama hits all the right notes, with a chic halter neck and bust detailing. Next: our Blade jumpsuit — just the right amount of cleavage and sheer tulle to say "party", and the right amount of chic tailoring to say “work”. Finally, and this may seem contradictory: colour. If you wear mostly black for work, then a bold block colour will be a memorable expression of your personality, and the style can be more traditional, like our classic Eve jumpsuit. We told you: we really, truly have an outfit for every single occasion.

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Alizé manages communications and content at Galvan. Over the past 12 years, she has worked in the fashion, jewellery and arts worlds, following a stint as a writer for Le Monde. Born in France, she lives in London with her British husband and two toddler daughters. As well as a growing collection of slip dresses, Alizé collects embellished knitwear, vintage textiles and international magazines. Her other interests include Marc Chagall, Gustave Flaubert and periwinkle hydrangeas.