BWA’s Guide to Dressing for the Party Season

This year sure has flown by – can you believe it’s December already? And that means it’s almost Christmas, and the party season is upon us. If you answered yes, chances are you also don’t have a clue on what dress you should wear to all your upcoming Christmas parties. But don’t fret, as always BWA has got you covered.

The best thing about dresses is that it’s easiest piece to wear in your wardrobe since it’s a top and bottom in one. From family gatherings to a night out with friends, we’ve got the perfect dresses for all occasions and at all price points too! We’ve even thrown in a red dress in each set to get you in the festive mood!

Keeping with the Christmas theme, don’t forget to check out our Christmas gift guide where we’ve picked out the perfect gifts for your loved ones, taking out all the hard work for you!


BBQ with family and friends:

It’s an Australian tradition to have a BBQ in the backyard with your nearest and dearest. Because you’re outside, wear something in a breathable light fabric and make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. The best part is that all these dresses can go from day to night simply just by swapping your sandals for some heels or wedges.

1. Nicholas Dress $270.00 at 2. Tibi Dress US$575.00 at 3. ASOS Dress approx. $64.60 at 4. Rodeo Show $279.00 at


Work function:

The same rules apply for work dress codes and at work functions: don’t show too much skin, don’t go over-the-top with embellished pieces (accessorise with jewellery instead), skin tight dresses are a no-no and keep the hemline appropriate. You still want to keep the respect of your co-workers and boss intact. Keep it classy, ladies.

1. Warehouse Dress approx. $83.30 at 2. Oscar De La Renta Dress £1,331.04 at 3. Josh Goot Dress $699.00 at 4. Dion Lee Dress $355.00 at


Family dinner:

There’s nothing better than sharing a Christmas dinner with family, and there’s nothing worse than wearing something inappropriate! Don’t wear anything too revealing – i.e. nothing that your grandparents would be shaking their head at in disapproval, so I stress again, steer clear of the tight dresses! If you don’t want to go with a simple block-coloured frock, try incorporating some different prints and textures to make your outfit a little more fun, or try some colourblocking with bold accessories and shoes.

1. Free People Lace Dress US$128.00 at 2. SABA Dress $229.00 at 3. Cooper St Maxi Dress $189.95 at 4. Wish Dress $189.95 at


Drinks with friends:

This occasion gives a lot more leeway in the outfit department. You’re free to show a little bit more skin, the hemlines can come up and you can wear whatever height of shoes you want, however if you’re drinking we recommend not to wear the highest shoes you own. Experiment with statement hues and sexy silhouettes, add some accessories and you’re out the door!

1. Bec & Bridge Midi Dress $220.00 at

  • make up magic
    make up magic Sunday 2nd December, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Some lovely suggestions here.
    I love the free people lace dress.