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Trending Evening Pieces to Insert into Your Wardrobe for 2023’s Event Season

Going to an oscars party next weekend? Are spring events popping up left and right? This week we’re giving you an overview of the must-have event pieces and trends to insert into your wardrobe for spring celebrations, weddings, cocktail parties, special occasions and beyond. Want to skip straight to our shopping guide? Find our stylist’s pick of must-have pieces to buy at the end of the article.

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Ruching and Gathered Waists, Your Secret Weapon for a Flattering Fit

Ruching is the ultimate figure flattering statement trend! If you’re the type to never dream of showing off your curves, consider a whole new land of opportunities with ruching. While ruched pieces tend to cling to the body, it simultaneously masks and hides any folds or bumps in your figure that you wouldn’t want emphasized. We love the streamlined effect ruching gives to any silhouette – it’s no wonder that ruching is being implemented on dresses, tops, skirts and even pants! And if that weren’t enough of a win, gathered waists take all the attention to the right places, leaving you to feel confident and fabulous.

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Metallics, A Re-Wearable Statement

Perhaps the most re-wearable statement there is, we love that metallics are trending in shoes, accessories and clothing. Why are metallics so great? Like jewelry, you can wear them back to just about any color. Go bold in a metallic dress or two-piece, or let your shoes do the talking!

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Statements With Volume, Bubble, Pleats & Puff

Voluminous bubble dresses, architectural pleats, puffed sleeves and ruffled tulle are all ways to make a statement with your silhouette!

Pleated Cut Out Asymmetric Dress, Aje

A Little Bit of Sexy, Cut Outs and Slits

A cut out here, a high slit there – 2023 turns up the heat when it comes to showing off some skin! While you may initially think pulling off a sexy look involves some risk, these trending styles still have flattery in mind. Popular high-slits tastefully hide the inner thigh (a common problem area), while creating a slimming effect on your leg. Trending cut out pieces use architectural shapes to carve out a waist slimming silhouette.

Mika High Leg Slit Dress, Aje

Sheer is Here!

Leaning in on the sexy once more is the sheer dress trend! Use this piece to show off a little skin, or as an intriguing extra layer. We LOVE translating this trend into sheer tights and stockings. 

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Minimalism, An Ode to the Classics

Somewhere between “Bond Girl” and “Audrey Hepburn”, you’ll find a sleek minimalism being adopted into 2023’s evening pieces. This is the trend to follow for those who have a lot of events to cover (in favor of re-wearability), or for those who simply dig chic simplicity. These styles are made to last, and can be reinvented with shoes and accessories! 

Minimalist Black Dress with Bow, Staud
Acler Classic Harwood Dress

Feathers and Bows

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“Fun” doesn’t even begin to cover the vibe of these party embellishments! While these lighthearted elements are trending for 2023, they’ve never really been out of style. You can expect a feather or bow embellished bag or shoe to stand the test of time as a fun accessory you can always come back to! 

Camille Bow Tulle Tiered Midi-Dress

Viva Magenta Brings in the Brights

Pantone’s party-perfect Color of the Year, Viva Magenta, is influencing a colorful scope in suit sets, dresses and accessories alike!

Barbie Pink Matching Blazer & Trousers

Patterns Beyond Spring Florals

We’re seeing something a little different in patterns this year beyond your typical spring florals:
Renaissance textiles are doing doing double-duty: they bring in those familiar spring color nude tones we gravitate towards every year, while making you look like a literal piece of art. 
-The emergence of refined tie-dye and subtle gradients are giving an appropriately soft yet brighter extended palette to spring fabrics! 
Abstracts are taking over! Paintbrush strokes, “inkblots”, architectural shapes, it’s your call – this trend works flawlessly back to trending statement earrings and asymmetrics.
Polkadots! Another familiar favorite is back, and chic as ever in the form of two piece sets, dresses, blouses, jackets and sheer dotted tights. 

Looks from the Runway, via Getty & Vogue

Stylist’s Shopping Guide

Check out our edit of trend-right must have event pieces for 2023, starting with our favorite jackets and wraps to wear when covering your arms or protecting yourself from an evening breeze – Because, let’s be real here… It’s time for your evening jacket to become more than an afterthought.

Oversized Double Breasted Metallic Jacket
Sheer Tie Top
Feather White Wrap Blazer
Acler Pacific Jacket
Leather and Feather Blazer
Hadley Shimmer Blazer

There’s a little something for everyone in this diverse collection of fabulous dresses!

Leonna Ruched Dress
Cecelia Sheer Mini Dress
Acacia Midi Dress
Tulle Ombre Dress
Julianne Gown
Pleated Gathered Waist Dress in Butter
Zimmermann Sheer Dress

Not a fan of a skirt? Check out these on-trend suiting and jumpsuit options.

Blue Blazer and Bootcut Trouser Set
Sleeveless X Straight Leg Jumpsuit
Bright Poppy Wide Leg Deep V Jumpsuit
Karis Blazer Set

If your top is bigger than your bottom, or vise versa, you may favor a two piece set! Here are our favorites.

Diana Top Set, Multiple Colors
Ulla Johnson Printed Top and Skirt Set
Kaia Two Piece Hi-Slit Silk Set
Lace Midi Two Piece (Available in Black and Ivory)
Aje Frilled Bodice Set
Draped Top and Trousers Set

Need some on-trend shoes and accessories? Look no further!

Twinkle Net Tights
Metallic Bow Heels
Sheer Tie Ribbon Black Slingbacks
Silver Mia Shoes
Strappy heeled metallic sandals
Rivka Champagne Platform Knot Sandal
Black Tulle Bow Polka Dot Heels
Metallic Ruched Clutch
Rochelle Black/Crystal Mini Bow Clutch
Penny Feathered Frame Bag
Black Twill Chain Clutch
Micro Cloud bow-embellished satin clutch
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