Why Fashionistas Wear Non-Black to Parties

Hi Everyone,

Imagine you’ve just stepped into the most magnificent party room with 100’s of guests, champagne is flowing everywhere, the chandeliers dripping with exquisite crystal and so many interesting new people to meet…

You’ve spent a fortune on your lovely new little black dress which fits superb. The photographers are going crazy and you feel a million dollars. However everyone else is dressed in black too. Your dress just doesn’t stand out as much as you had hoped because 80% of the other guests are also wearing their fabulously fitting little black dresses. You simply become lost in a sea of black…

This is the reason why Fashionistas wear non-black to parties. In that sea of black you’ll make an impact. “She was the one wearing the lovely blue and silver dress”… this sort of impact is not to be underestimated!

Keep reading for a few more reasons why why fashionistas wear non-black to parties


Why Fashionistas Wear Non-Black to Parties

You’re at a client party and people are referring to you… “which one is she?”… you’ll be much easier to find if wearing a dress that stands out!

You’re at your work Christmas party and just managed to impress senior management with a brilliant idea but they forget your name… they can ask someone “who was the woman in the silver blue dress?”

Not to mention the added benefit that a colourful dress has of being easily converted to day wear. For example the dress I’m wearing today will also be worn with chunky sneakers and a sweater for a more casual look.

This of course doesn’t mean you can’t add a few black accessories to give the whole look a more evening touch…

I’m not saying wear them all day, but it is always good to have a pair of extra high heels on stand by for parties – smile!

You can always put cushions into the souls for extra foot protection. A great online site for buying foot petals and other accessories here.

A pair of extra long gloves are also always handy. Much warmer than we normally give them credit for. Plus they save having to cover up most of a beautiful dress with some sort of coat or shawl.

A  short post today to get you all into the pre Christmas party mode.


Outfit details:

Dress : c/o paradis des innocents – a favourite Zurich designer.

See here for sample of her lovely neon green skirt

Bag: c/o the-bias-cut

Shoes: Old (similar here)

Gloves: Old (similar here)


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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

  1. What a magnificent dress! And you are so, so right. I made the mistake in my younger years as well, to buy a black dress. Never again. For all the reasons you summed up. Love the heels and the clutch as well. As for gloves… I have a few for this purpose. Just no parties to wear them to haha.

  2. Yvonne,

    I love this post!! And I totally agree! I deliberately wear colors to certain events. There were many times I was the only bright spot at work meetings in a sea of black suits!! Your dress is gorgeous. And the long black gloves and heels were a masterful touch.

    Thanks for sharing!

    xx Darlene

  3. Dear Yvonne.

    Such a gorgeous dress and such a well written blogpost. The start sound like the beginning of a romantic novel! Very apt for the romantic vibes of this party dress.

    Thanks as always for the tips. Black in a see of black….so logical, yet so good to read and be made aware of.


  4. Love this post. I went to a charity event recently and wore a gorgeous pink sequinned kimono dress at the last minute when I had planned to wear a little black dress. I was so glad I did. I had so many compliments that night on ‘that dress’ mainly from women who said they loved it. While the black dress was sexy this felt more glamorous and certainly made me feel like I stood out more as a result! Love your look in this post Yvonne. S xx

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