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The partywear edit: 4 trends to bring back the joy of dressing up

After long periods of off-duty dressing and loungewear on high rotation, we’re ready to welcome in the new season with gusto. Embracing the transformative power of bold new pieces, the warmer months welcome spirit-lifting poppy brights and metallics. While social celebrations might be restricted, the new season trends deliver a newfound sense of excitement. Read on to discover four mood-boosting trends filled with fabulous, infectious styles to put the joy back into dressing up, even if it’s just for the camera.

1. Joyful dressing

No matter how comfortable a neutrally-toned matching sweatsuit is (especially when paired with a cushy sofa and Netflix binge session), it does not bring the same sense of joy as wearing a vibrantly-coloured printed dress and heels. Leisurewear was great when we were at home, but as we (safely) head back outside, we’re calling for fashion that’s as jovial as our outlook. The brigther the better, so think bold, punchy brights and patterns to mix and match. For a more subdued take, opt for colourful accessories to pair with your favourite little black dress. Shop the best styles on offer online at Country Road, Forever New, Max, Decjuba, Portmans, Glassons and Sportscraft.

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2. Bold shoulder

A trend that’s taken on a new dimension, the bold shoulder is a silhouette that exudes power and attention. Not just for blazers or coats, exaggerated and interesting shoulders feature across a wide range of styles this season. We recommend rocking a puffed-sleeved dress or blouse for dramatic effect. Up the ante with interesting elements like origami pleats, feminine ruffles, bright checks and silk organza. Get ready to make a statement and take centre stage this spring. Head online to Country Road, Glassons, Decjuba and Farmers for the best of bold.

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3.'00s Shine

Let us introduce you to ‘00s shine, a more considered, grown-up approach to metallics. Embrace this modern take by pairing glistening metallics with neutral tones or simple basics. Easy to incorporate into any party look, the trend extends from lightweight knits for subtle shine, through to high octane dresses or skirts paired with minimal accessories. If you've missed dancing, unleash your inner disco girl because it's your time to shine. Shop online at Glassons, Mi Piaci and Mirrou.

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4. Statement suiting

Reignite your love affair with fashion and dabble with statement suiting this season. Guaranteed to elevate your look for any soirée, this take on suiting blends fresh materials and interesting lines to add new life to a classic staple. Match your trousers or tailored shorts with a matching blazer, and opt for lightweight fabrics like linen or silk in warmer weather. Complete the look with simple accessories for added elegance. Shop statement suiting online from Portmans, Forever New and Decjuba.

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Image credit: @westfieldau

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