You may think you need an entire section of your wardrobe dedicated for dressing up, but having a just few key items in your wardrobe can change the look of any outfit. From glitzy little black dresses to edgy cycling shorts, you’ll be surprised at how many outfits you can come up with these party essentials. Get party-season ready without breaking the bank with our five party outfits for every budget.
- Cycling shorts for every occasion
Cycling shorts as trousers are in and while they may look daunting, this trend is surprisingly easy to style. Give off some Kardashian vibes by styling them with a black mesh t-shirt and crop top combo or tuck in a matching oversized tee if you don’t want to show off too much skin.
Cycling shorts are perfect for festivals, clubs and casual parties, especially when paired with some strappy black heels or white trainers depending on the dress code. If you’re still feeling stumped when it comes to styling, you can get some outfit inspiration here.
- The perfect party dress
From the classic little black dress to clingy bodycons, having at least one good quality party dress is essential. Look for high street stores that focus on quality over price. An investment piece will see you through a number of seasons (and plenty of partying). Superdry’s new season range, for example, is embracing all the autumn trends - from mesh overlays to shirt dresses that work for day to night looks. Pick up a plain colour that can be styled for a number of situations to make your budget work for you.
For an ulta-glam event, style your chosen dress with strappy black heels, a glitzy clutch bag and dainty silver or rose gold accessories. If you need to style it down for a smaller gathering or casual drinks, try some white low-top trainers with a cross-body bag and a denim jacket or flannel shirt tied around your waist.
- Bodysuits to mix and match with
Bodysuits have been a massive trend for the last couple of years, and it doesn't seem to be dying down anytime soon. They come in many different styles, colours and patterns, so whether it’s a lace number or a simple scoop neck, you’ll find one that’s perfect for any event. Edge it up by wearing ripped high waisted jeans, chunky black boots and a leather jacket, perfect for a concert or a night out. Still unsure about this piece? You can find out more about the bodysuit trend here, so you’ll know if it’s right for you in no time.
- The does it all playsuit
Playsuits are another wardrobe essential you can pick up on a budget. These are super easy to chuck on with little thought, making them a go-to when you don’t know what to wear. A simple black playsuit should never be overlooked, as they’re another item that can be styled in multiple different ways - making the most of that budget. From killer heels to simple slip-ons, any shoe can be paired with a playsuit and accessories are just as easy to pair up with a playsuit. If you want some glitz and glam, add a silver crossbody or clutch bag with some matching thin heels. Put on some dainty, thin hoop earrings and you’ll be good to go. For a more casual look, go for a thicker wedge heel or your favourite trainers and a small leather backpack. In terms of accessories, try layering rings and a matching necklace.
- The two become one co-ords
Similar to playsuits, co-ords are incredibly cute yet easy to style. A matching two-piece set is a must have for any girl, with Vogue labeling them as a wardrobe saviour. The great thing about these sets is that you can wear the pieces apart as well as together, making them surprisingly cost effective. Although matching patterned skirts and crop tops seem to be more popular, you can get them in a variety of different styles, including trousers and roll neck tops for a high-end winter party look.
Add these five party outfits to your wardrobe for budget friendly looks that can be mixed and matched with pieces you already have.