5 Dresses to Wear to a Winter Party in Paris

5 Dresses to Wear to a Winter Party in Paris

‘Tis the season for fun and fancy winter parties! Paris is a fashion capital of the world, so you better dress the part when you’re going to a party or celebrating in the City of Light.

Winter can be a difficult season to dress for; it often feels like you’re just heaping layers upon layers to keep warm, forgoing fashion in the name of heat and comfort. I, for one, am all for staying warm! However, it is in fact possible to be both fashionable and warm during this cold, dark season. Make sure you have a pair of thick tights and cozy sweaters on-hand, and you can winterize nearly any look.

If you’re looking for something with a “wow” factor to wear to a party in Paris – perhaps for Valentine’s Day, fashion week, or a winter birthday celebration – then look no further. We’ve got you covered. Here are five classic looks to wear to your Parisian fete in the cooler months.

1. The DVF Zarita Lace Mini Dress

Harry & Meghan is the Netflix docuseries that everyone is watching. And in the spirit of Meghan Markle, and the royal family, you may want to wear a gown fit for a princess – or two, as a matter of fact. Diane Von Furstenberg is an iconic name in fashion and her Zarita dress was worn by both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Shop this timeless style online. It’s elegant and stylish, and it looks comfortable too!

2. A Sparkly Mini-Dress

There are certain things in life that you can always count on: Death, taxes, and the ubiquity of sparkles and sequins at winter parties. If you want to go with an evergreen, crowd-pleasing look, find a sparkly number and make it your own. A sparkly mini dress with tights is a fun and sexy way to shine brightly even during cold winter nights.

3. A Bold Pink Look

You may’ve heard that Pantone named its color of the year for 2023. The new year’s color is Viva Magenta, a beautiful and vibrant pinkish, purplish hue. If you want to be on-trend, consider wearing a Viva Magenta-inspired color, or a Valentino pink. You’ll be sure to stand out among the sea of black dresses we often see this time of year. Want to really go big? Get a pair of shoes and tights that match your dress color.

4. A Slinky Black Dress

The color black is a fashion staple and a classic. Let us recall what Christian Dior said about this gorgeous color: “You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion; a ‘little black frock’ is essential to a woman’s wardrobe.” And Coco Chanel similarly believed in the power of the dark hue. The Chanel founder is quoted as saying, “Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White, too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”

Dior and Chanel were right. Black always looks elegant, and it elevates any look. Pair a slinky black dress with some statement-making boots or shoes and some killer jewelry, and you’ve got yourself a look that’ll turn heads.

5. Something Red

Dior didn’t only have strong feelings about black; he had them about red, too. Dior famously said that “there is certainly a red for everyone.” And I wholeheartedly agree. In the theme of color-specific looks, you really can’t go wrong with a little red dress. As with the color black, this iconic color is timeless and looks good on everyone. Whether you’re going for a body-hugging look or a more flowy affair, a red dress is sure to make you pop and feel confident at your soirée. As the saying goes: When in doubt, wear red.


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Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to BBC News, Teen Vogue, The Telegraph, Dance Magazine, and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster and is the Editor in Chief of Fat Tire Tours’ travel blog. She lives in New York City.