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Occasionwear to love this party season

At SoSensational our raison d’etre is to bring you fabulous fashion, especially for a big occasion such as a wedding, a day at the Races, a party or a formal black-tie event.

Whatever the Occasion, there will always be lots of variables. If it is a party, it could be a black-tie event at a ritzy hotel or a smart lunch party at someone’s home.

So, any Occasion means fashion dilemmas.

At SoSensational, we know about fashion dilemmas so you’ll find lots of fabulous Occasion Wear of all kinds. But we can’t show you all of it here. But you can find lots more party-wear here.

And if your Occasion is a Wedding or a Day at the Races, you will discover lots to choose from here. Petites can find perfect occasion wear here, while curvy ladies can find Plus Occasion wear here.

For now, here is fabulous fashion that has been carefully chosen with a few winter occasions in mind. And, of course, carefully chosen for the chic, older woman…


Gwen Feather Trim Velvet Dress from Gina Bacconi - £250 in sizes 8-26
Gwen Feather Trim Velvet Dress from Gina Bacconi – £250 in sizes 8-26

With the party-season approaching fast you’ll be delighted to learn there are endless stunning dresses for party-wear, crafted in beautiful luxe fabrics, such as lace, chiffon, jacquard, crepe and velvet. There are pretty prints and elegant plains and a dazzling choice of colours from primaries to pastels and moody autumn tones to timeless neutrals – all perfect for occasion wear for an older woman. Many have sleeves, and every length you want, from long/maxi to midi to knee-length, is available this season. Naturally, the Little Black Dress – or LBD – makes its annual appearance in a variety of cuts, fabrics and lengths (and even colours – this year’s LBD could be the Little Dark-green Dress, or the Little Navy Dress). The vital attributes of any LBD (in any shade) is instant glamour, instant chic and instant flattery.

Details to look for on any party dress include sequins, crystals, feathers, fringing, off-the-shoulder neckline, embroidery, statement sleeves and asymmetry.






Left- No 1 Jenny Packham ‘Natalia’ gold satin wrap maxi dress – £159 at Debenhams; sizes 6-22

Right- Black ruched Bardot dress from Roman – £60 in sizes 10-20 (also in purple and red)

Left- Navy Mesh Panelled Dress – Kikoh – from Ted Baker. £159 in sizes 6-16

Right- Bruce by Bruce Oldfield for John Lewis, Lace ¾ sleeve dress, in Wine – £179 in sizes 8-16)


If you don’t love a dress, you’ll be happy to know there are head-turning alternatives to dresses for black-tie events this season. These include jumpsuits, trouser suits and palazzo pants.

A jumpsuit or trouser suit in a dark neutral, perhaps in a luxe fabric, works well for party-wear and evening-wear.

Palazzo trousers, again in a luxe fabric such as chiffon, crepe or velvet, are perfect for party-wear. Pair them with a glamorous top crafted in any luxe evening fabric, perhaps with some glam embellishment.

Styling is the key to looking properly “party” with any of these. Add sparkly jewellery, a bijoux bag and glammy footwear.


Left- Leopard Jacquard Blazer, Karen Millen, £275, sizes 6-16, Leopard Jacquard Trousers, Karen Millen, £150 in sizes 6-16

Right- Black Diamante Trim Blazer from Wallis, now £36 in sizes 8-18

Left- Cressida Gossamer Lace Top from Elvi – £49 in sizers 8-28

Right- Tabby Velvet Wide Leg Trousers from Phase Eight. £95 in sizes 8-18

Left- De La Vali Loki Satin Jacket – £425 at Selfridges, in sizes 6-14

Right- Champagne Chevron Gunmetal Beaded Top from Chesca Direct – £125 in sizes 12-22


As winter is almost here and the temperature is likely to dip dramatically, you may be looking for a chic layer to wear over your Occasion dress or outfit. Here are the statement coats and jackets to ward off chills and ensure you look sensational.

Left- Clarissa Crepe Coat from Coast, £189, in sizes 8-20

Right- Remarkable Velvet Jacket from Joe Browns – £99.95 in sizes 8-18

Left- Charcoal Faux Fur Collar Coat, £65 in sizes 8-20

Right- Joanna Hope Short Faux Fur Jacket, £89 in sizes 10-26


We’ll be back soon with more of our favourites picked just for you. In the meantime stay sensational!
Jan & Cyndy


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