Hen nights, or hen parties, represent a girls' night out on the town---no holds barred, no inhibitions allowed. While many hen night partiers dress in a costume for the occasion, should you tend towards a more understated look in your merrymaking, there are still plenty of outfits to choose from for a memorable, wild and slightly classier evening.
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For a hen party look that's coordinated without crossing over towards tacky, coordinate outfit colours. Leave some leeway, though. A phalanx of pistachio-coloured ladies will scream matchy-matchy in the worst way. Instead, let party goers choose the shade of green that works best for each of them, and band together with panache. Select a colour that best sets the tone for the party: pink will pump up the girlie theme; red's best for the daring; turquoise or magenta will make you stand out in any crowd. To accommodate a crowd with mixed sensibilities, coordinate colours to satisfy those wanting to dress in costume. For example, have all the guests wear yellow tops and black trousers, a simple and stylish look on its own. For those who want to go further, provide black stripes, wings and novelty antennae, and let them play a cute swarm of bees to the engaged woman's queen bee. Once you get in the swing of the things, do not be surprised if many members of the group decide to don a costume.
Ditch the Dress
While a little dress is an unquestionable classic, you can shake things up a bit by wearing a fashion-forward romper or jumpsuit. For a summer bash, show off your legs with a short retro-style romper. Pair it with chunky heels or wedges for a dressed-up look. Avoid pumps or stilettos, which would push the outfit over the edge of good taste. If you'll need to wrap up a bit more, pick a full-length style. Balance a small-on-top and big-on-bottom silhouette with swingy pant legs, or if you have an hourglass shape, choose a belted style with slim cuffed or capri-style trousers. Complement a strapless romper with a beaded necklace or eye-catching earrings. If you're expecting the party to have a lot of themed swag, go easy on accessories.
Simple jeans, heels and the right top can add up to an ideal hen party outfit. Instead of using the night to showcase a bold, new look, use a few accessories to add the right measure of festivity to a familiar favourite. If you're organising the hen party, go a step further and set up a spread of interesting costume jewellery to enjoy before going out for the night. Revellers can accessorise together and try out a few baubles they wouldn't usually buy themselves. If someone else is planning the party, check whether they'll be providing gag accessories before you jazz up your outfit.
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