We Seriously Recommend Starting Your Partywear Search Here This Year

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It’s time, people! As of today, there are 65 days until Christmas, which may seem like a lot, but that means we only have about a month until party season kicks off. Crazy, right? We know most of you are still in end-of-summer mode (wasn’t it August yesterday?), but if we’ve learned anything from working in this industry over the years, it’s that preparation pays off. Not only do you bag the best bits, but you also avoid that panicked lunch-break dash on the day of the office party, which inevitably leads to an ill-fitting sale purchase you instantly regret the next morning. 

No, we’re all about more considered purchases now. And since brands have begun steadily launching their party collections, we thought it was time to start rounding them up and bringing you the best bits so you can get a head start on outfit planning. 

Let’s start with Karen Millen’s latest drop. One of those premium high-street destinations we always turn to when we want to up the glam, Karen Millen is perfect for the festive season. Reliably, every year, the brand launches an edit of luxe pieces that feel timeless enough to wear again and again. But the best thing about this collection is that it’s versatile, and we’re willing to bet there’s something here to suit everyone’s partywear preferences.


(Image credit: Karen Millen)

If you want to go all out, there’s this full red satin suit, for example, or the perfect sequin mini dress. More of a minimalist? This LBD or slinky ’90s slip dress would be perfect. If you prefer just a little sparkle for a more relaxed look, we love these sequin wide-leg trousers and plan on wearing them with simple cosy knits or basic tees. Of course, there’s always the jeans-and-a-nice-top combo, and we can totally imagine this bustier with a pair of full-length ripped jeans for a real Hailey Bieber-esque look. 

So if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your partywear collection this year with one or two statement outfits or even starting fresh with some investment buys that will last you for many occasions to come, keep scrolling to see and shop our 21 favourite pieces from Karen Millen’s new collection. You won’t want to miss this.

Shop Karen Millen's New Party Collection

The Suit

The Sparkly Vest

The Sequin Mini Dress

The Sequin Trousers

The Minimalist Midi

The Knee-High Boots

The Red Dress

The Knit Dress

The Platforms

The Sequin Mini Skirt

The Party Top


The ’90s Slip

The Power Dress

The Tuxedo Jumpsuit

The Strappy Heels

The Velvet Dress

The Black Trousers

Emily Dawes
Affiliate Editor

Emily Dawes is the very definition of a fashion multi hyphenate. An editor, stylist and writer with over eleven years’ worth of experience in the industry, Emily is known for her impeccable taste, elegant outfit choices and being able to spot the next big thing in fashion from a mile off. Our readers loyally trust her advice and shopping suggestions; so much so she began her own column documenting the most expensive-looking pieces on the high street, which has become a top-performing piece of content for the Who What Wear brand.

Emily has worked for Who What Wear UK since 2020 in a myriad as roles, spanning from contributing editor and branded content editor. Now, she holds the position of affiliate editor and is responsible for the brand’s overall affiliate strategy, ideation and content execution. Working closely with Who What Wear UK’s affiliate manager, Emily has been instrumental in securing and nourishing brand partnerships, surpassing her goals as standard. Leading the team in tentpole shopping moments including Black Friday and Peak Trading, with Emily’s guidance and leadership, team Who What Wear is in a stronger affiliate position than ever before.

Prior to joining the Who What Wear team, Emily served as YOU Magazine’s acting fashion editor where she managed the fashion team and oversaw all fashion content output for the fast-paced weekly title. Emily is a stylist in her own right, having worked with a slew of VIP clients including writer and television personality, Elizabeth Day, as well as styling and art directing several celebrity cover shoots for glossy print publication, Grazia. Her adept fashion knowledge means brands regularly sought out to work with her as a consultant: previously she has developed marketing and content plans for brands for Cocoon and Edge of Ember. Before entering the industry, Emily obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies with International Study from Nottingham University. Fun fact: Emily spent a year studying in America which saw her join a sorority during her time there.

When she’s not working or tracking down the chicest, new-in items to share with our audience, you’ll find Emily bestowing her East London home with her stylish flair, reading everything from the classics to cowboy romance novels and escaping to the country with husband, baby boy and dog, Roo, whenever she can.

Emily is currently on maternity leave.