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17 party outfit ideas, inspired by the spring/summer 2022 collections

Forget pandemic partywear for kitchen discos; real-life dancing is back, which calls for one thing: go big or stay home. 

Now that parties, and indeed the season to party, is hurtling full-throttle towards us, it’s time we turned our attention away from cosy wares and more towards daring disco-ready dresses and picture-perfect party pieces.

But given that some – nay, all – of us have forgotten how we previously adorned our bodies each and every day with all manner of clothes, it’s only natural that the past 18 partyless months have rendered our going out-out fashion brains null and void. But, if the current spring/summer 2022 shows are anything to go by, the decree is clear: go big or stay home.

Forget pandemic partywear, which catered specifically to kitchen discos, and consisted of a roterie of ‘waist-up’ wares, lending itself perfectly to staying stationed in elasticated waistbands, for we’re going out-out now once again and our outfits call for just that. 

It’s little wonder that searches for ‘party dresses’ have spiked by 60% in the last week, according to Google Trends. For post-pandemic partying, think micro minis, fabulous flares and sumptuous silks and you’ve got the right idea; for a touch more inspiration, we’ve scoured the spring/summer 2022 collections for the most easy-to-replicate and lust-inducing outfits. In the words of Bowie: let’s dance.  

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  • Fendi SS22
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  • Emporio Armani SS22
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    Keep the hems high and your boots even higher à la Fendi.
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    Matching jacket and skirt co-ords are a perfect smart casual approach to carry you from desk to dusk.
  • Michael Kors SS22
    Michael Kors' take on sequin dresses is perfect for post-pandemic partywear.
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    Cut-out and corset-style tops have never been more in vogue. Pair with low-rise jeans if you dare.
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    When in doubt, throw on a maxi slip dress for optimal appeal.
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    Perfect dance attire, Knwls' spring/summer 2022 collection endorsed comfy and cool co-ords.
  • Supriya Lele SS22
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    When in doubt, just add tassels, sequins and a micro mini for good measure.
  • Simone Rocha SS22
    Never one to miss a beat, Simone Rocha championed tulle in her collection, proving that less is sometimes more.

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