With the wide assortment of year-end occasions – from work functions to weddings and festive celebrations – you’ll want to look your best. Here are the latest trends to look at:

 

FESTIVE FLORALS

Fans of The Devil Wears Prada will remember Miranda Priestly’s boredom at the thought of featuring florals in the Spring issue of Runway. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. A bold floral and white dress pops against Jane’s caramel skin (R799, Poetry) while Regina’s striking blue jumpsuit will ensure you’re stylish and comfortable all night long (R1 199, Mango). Pair your florals with an elegant bracelet (R239, Foschini) or necklace (R129, Forever 21) to add a little shine. Florals will make sure you stand out at any function and if you feel they’re a little girly for you, throw a leather jacket over your shoulders.

 

PARADE OF PASTEL
Pack your dark, wintry colours away and celebrate summer with soft, pretty pastels. Pastel pink is the easiest colour to style whether you like the look of Jane’s flirty skater dress (R1 299, Forever New) or Regina’s sophisticated bodysuit and skirt combo (R499, Forever New and R399, Foschini). Add some killer heels (R899, Foschini) and a bold necklace (R129, Forever 21) to complete a look that will wow your colleagues. Tip: Pastels also look amazing paired with bold prints and denim.

 

THE STYLISH ‘70S
We’ve seen flared jeans, jumpsuits and floppy hats (R249, Forever 21) hit the shelves of our favourite stores and the carefree, festival style of the ‘70s isn’t going anywhere this summer. Choose bohemian babe over barefoot hippie with a gorgeous off-the-shoulder dress in a vibrant red or bold stripe (R599, Mango and R599 Sissyboy). Take your outfit from beach to summer soirée with a chic pair of sunnies (R149, Forever 21) and wedge sandals (R499, Foschini). And to keep cool and show off your neck and shoulders, sweep your hair up and add a simple pair of hoop earrings (R114.50, Foschini).

 

A SPLASH OF PATTERNS
The fashion elite mix patterns like pros, but for the rest of us it can be a tricky trend. Luckily, this season has brought racks of beautiful patterned dresses in vibrant colours that will make you look like a seasoned fashionista with little or no effort. Slip on a bright, colourful pattern like Regina’s red, blue and turquoise splash dress (R799, Poetry) or Jane’s more subtle navy and white patterned dress (R599, Mango). If you’re attending a semi-formal affair, finish off with a pair of heels (R1 199-R1 299, Aldo) and keep accessories simple… unless you’re adding a pop of colour – like this yellow necklace – to a neutral-coloured pattern (R225, Poetry).

GO FOR GOLD
There’s no better way to add some holiday cheer than with a bit of sparkle, so if you’ve been invited for a swanky night out then it’s time to bring out the bling. Jazz up a trusty LBD (R999, Forever New) with a metallic jacket (R1 499, Forever New) or dress to the nines in a sparkly gold dress (R799, Sissyboy). Accessorise with a statement necklace (R349, Forever New) and a gold bag (R749, Aldo). Tip: Exercise restraint when choosing your shine. A little glitz goes a long way.