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Angie Smith Styles: Partywear

We’re edging into party season, which means if your diary isn’t brimming with invitations yet, it soon will be. Half the fun of a night out is choosing 

your outfit – will it be a pull-out-all-the-stops red dress or a chic tux? Trousers with that floaty sheer blouse or a skirt? Kitten heels or platforms? 

These are the kind of questions that Angie Smith happens to answer all day – she’s a stylist and fashion consultant to a Rolodex of stars, including Holly Willoughby

Rochelle Humes and Angela Scanlon, who regularly require serious wattage for the red carpet. “I feel so lucky to be doing my dream job,” she says. 

“I get to work with an amazing bunch of women to help them look the best versions of themselves.” Here, she picks her favourite after-dark showstoppers 

so you can look the best versions of yourselves – and they tick all the requisites: look great, feel special and are comfortable enough to dance in, all-night long.

Hi Angie! How would you describe your personal style?

I’m a bit of a tomboy, and live in jeans, sweaters and trainers. Saying that, I adore dressing for special occasions.

How much of ‘you’ do you put into your clients’ personal styles?

I don’t feel like I ever put my personal style into a client’s look. All my clients are so different in their colourings, personalities and body 

shapes that each requires me to get into a different head space to think about what I would like to wear if I was, for example, Davina McCall. 

What’s your party style?

I love a great dress – something fun in the perfect colour or print – that I can throw on with my favourite heels and dance in. I love an off-the-shoulder top, 

and this one by Mix/Isa Arfen (above) is so versatile – it’s great to dress up a pair of jeans, or teamed with black trousers so it looks like a jumpsuit. I would 

wear the Mix/Kitri red dress (top image) for New Year's Eve as the colour is amazing and the waist band is adjustable, which is perfect for after Christmas.

The office Christmas party is one of the sartorial minefields of the season. Any advice?

Wear something that you can put on and not think about. Never worry about wearing the same thing to different parties; if it’s your favourite dress, 

it’s your favourite dress. Just change up the accessories, wear your hair differently or whack on a statement lip!

What are your thoughts on traditional Christmas party staples like sequins and velvet?

It’s all about taking a classic and giving it a modern edge. Velvet suits look lovely with a little necktie or a sheer blouse or shirt worn underneath. Sparkles are 

great, but add a contrasting texture to make them feel modern – a full-length sequin dress will always look great with a pair of trainers.

Who’s your party dressing muse?

I just love how Adwoa Aboah wears a sequin.

What are your ingredients for a great party?

Great music, margaritas and smiley faces!

Best party you have ever been to? 

New Year’s Eve at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami – they put on the most amazing burlesque party around their swimming pool. I danced all night, drank cocktails 

and watched the performers. Afterwards, we walked along the beach and ended up in a diner for breakfast.

/ enchanted evenings
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