Last-minute must-haves for any occasion

We all love being on the guest list, but nothing catches you off guard quite like a last minute invitation. There’s no time to buy a new outfit, so what will you wear? It always pays to have some beautiful pieces in your repertoire that are ready to go for these instances. We’ve pulled together some of our essential options for avoiding event emergencies.

Dress it up

The iconic little black dress is a staple for a reason. From midis to maxis, shifts to wrap-overs, this classic piece can be adapted to suit any event with ease. This embellished lace number by Kim & Co is sure to leave you looking and feeling incredibly elegant. The slim-fit highlights your narrowest point for that coveted hourglass figure, while the sparkling sequins will reflect the light beautifully. To really amp up the glamour and add a hint of colour, we’ll be layering on cocktail rings like this gorgeous design by Michelle Mone for Diamonique or this stunning gemstone creation to create an eye-catching effect.

Prefer something a bit more colourful? For a chic design that’ll take you from wedding guest to summer party in an instant, we love this J by Jolie Moi dress. With a lightweight, floaty feel, this vintage-inspired frock can easily be dressed up or down to suit the occasion. For an afternoon out in the sun, try with flat sandals and an over-sized handbag for a casual yet put-together look. Heading to the church for a loved one’s big day? Team with heels and a classic clutch for a sophisticated ensemble.

Jumpsuit joy

Jumpsuits are a firm favourite here at QVC, and it’s not hard to see why. Flattering, comfortable and oh-so stylish, they’re great for after-work events, as they work just well with a pair of trainers as they do your favourite dancing shoes. We’ll definitely be wearing this bold beauty from J by Jolie Moi to our next occasion. The striking print is sure to turn heads and the 3/4 length sleeves offer enough coverage to help you feel confident. The finishing touch? A slick of long-wearing red lipstick like this formula from Bareminerals to contrast against the monochrome palette.

Bespoke and buildable

The biggest saviour in our wardrobe is a capsule collection of separates that can be mixed and matched to create endless outfit options. Once you find a perfect pair of bootcut trousers or a blouse that makes you feel fabulous, keep updating your wardrobe with co-ordinating pieces for a look that always feels fresh and fashion-forward. We’ve focused on the curve-complementing jersey skirt by Michele Hope. This fitted style teams well with a looser top, so we’ll be tucking in this gorgeous Coco Bianco top for an elegant ensemble.  If you prefer to layer up, this vest top from Isaac Mizrahi Live adds some stunning texture and sits well underneath this cardigan from Kim & Co. By styling with different tops, this skirt can be reworked to offer a new, sophisticated combination time and time again.

Want some more inspo? Check out our occasionwear edit for more chic options.