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Reiss Autumn and Winter Party Dresses


Reiss’ style mantra of ‘sexy, modern, iconic, design-led’ perfectly mirrors how most hens want to look – and feel – at either their own hen party or their friend’s. Whilst the Christmas season is fast upon us, not everything has to be glitter and gold.

Sometimes something a little bit more understated can still have maximum impact, and not run the risk of a hen party becoming a Christmas one. Reiss has always been known as continually classic and stylish, with simple nods to the major trends as opposed to pieces you can only wear once before you become old news. I shopped the Reiss Autumn / Winter 2015 collection to sample the most stylish, hen party worthy dresses.

Stylish Hen Night

An intriguing trend from this season is the striking colour combination of nudes and reds. The Laine dress, above left, creates a more flattering dress in a darker, more grown up nude shade. The mocha colour is made even richer by the velvet fabric, a nod to the texture trend. The high neck at the front is balanced by the cut out at the back, creating a bodycon dress with a twist. Wear with red heels, such as these amazing Laverne wrap around heels, and a red lip for added glam, or gold strappy heels and a gold smouldering eye for a more sultry evening look.

A nod to the colour of the moment, the Issy dress, above right, in understated, yet elegant. The neoprene moulds the dress to your body, creating a comfortable fit – perfect for a night out dancing. The thick lace trim adds subtle detail; mix textures, such as contrasting this Cindy beaded bag with the lace, to save it from being too proper and add a fun party element. Wear with black or nude accessories for an afternoon lunch hen party, or be bold with a dark burgundy lip, nails and heels for an evening of cocktails.

Glamorous Hen Night

For an even more dramatic splash of colour try an evening dress in a solid colour, such as Reiss’ Lark maxi dress. Perfect for a black tie hen party where the theme is old school glamour and opulence. Wear with a red lip and the Laverne heels for ultimate colour blocking – even add a red clutch, such as Reiss’ red fringe clutch for a fun, flapper feel, seen in black at the top of this page. The ruched fabric flatters around the bust and allows the fabric to flow luxuriously from the waist. The almost cummerbund affect around the waist cinches and defines, creating an elegant silhouette. If you want to add extra glamour, add statement earrings; wear your hair up with the high neckline of the dress to show them off.

Trendsetting Hen Night

If you’re wanting something different and really want a unique outfit, why not try a less conventional hen party style. The sports luxe trend of the spring has flowed through into this season, but has transformed into a more chic, elegant version of itself. This Odele two tone dress above does this perfectly and is great for the hen who isn’t - nor wants a dress that is - conventionally girlie. The curved divide of the colours as opposed to cutting off straight at the waist creates a feminine shape that flatters the body. Wear with black accessories, such as these Mae courts with a fine, elegant heel, to keep the look strong and powerful.

For a complete difference from the stereotypical hen dress, try a jumpsuit for utter modern glam. A jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress, with more of an edge. The bow and silk top of Reiss’ Dixie jumpsuit, above right, gives the perfect feminine balance to the more masculine trouser shape. This particular jumpsuit has structured boning and a supportive internal top panel for hidden support – allowing you to be your most comfortable and confident all night, whilst the colour is deep, rich and sophisticated.

Just because you’re not wearing sequins and sparkles out at a hen party doesn’t mean you can’t make a statement and look absolutely stunning. I love these outfits above and hope you ladies can use them for inspiration when hunting all over the high street for something that little bit different.

Cover Image Credit: Reiss.com

Lydia Stevenson

Lydia loves nothing more than spending weekends shopping for the latest styles with friends, or curled up with a fabulous fashion magazine!

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