The Best Places To Shop For Party Season In Edinburgh

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28 November 2016

It’s time; party season is upon us once more. Glittery dresses adorn the clubs and bars, mandatory gaudy Christmas jumpers infiltrate every office shindig and folks resembling a resplendent festive bauble proudly sport their on-trend wares. Whether sparkly or subtle, here are the best places in Edinburgh to find that perfect festive party outfit this winter.

Kakao By K

The kind of place that makes you want to chuck out your entire wardrobe and start over, Kakao by K is a clothing and accessory mecca. Those with an affinity for Scandinavian style will feel right at home here, with the exclusive Scandi wares from designers not yet available to those in the UK. From silky smooth lines and understated chic vibes at affordable boutique prices, you just can’t go wrong. Trending this season is the Maison and Scotch Olive Silk Wrap Dress and custom made Kaylee Dress. Add the Geometric Glitz Necklace and you will be rocking around the Christmas tree in no time!

Kakao by K, 45 Thistle St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 226 3584


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Those seeking that one-off bespoke piece should look no further than Corniche. Never one to follow the crowd, this delightfully avant-garde designer boutique has been providing Edinburgh with the very best of international designers since 1975. From Masnada and Comme des Garçons Play, to A Child Of The Jago and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, consider this a must-visit spot for exclusive men’s and womenswear options.

Kestin Hare

Since establishing his eponymous menswear label in 2014, Scottish design debonair Kestin Hare has caused ruffles in the fashion scene — and they’re the good kind. Effortlessly cool, his designs harmoniously flow. Inspired by The Living Mountain, a novel about the Cairngorm Mountains by prolific Scottish writer Nan Shepherd, this season’s collection is in a league of its own. Whether burgundy or navy, the Crag Shirt is a fail-safe option this party season. Then again, the Micas Overshirt in charcoal and black is a sight for sore eyes, too.

Kestin Hare, 46 St Stephen St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 220 5859

Those Were The Days

Go against the mundane grain and opt for a vintage number from Those Were The Days, a delightful boutique filled with fabulous finds from every era under the sun. Go 60s glam in a stunning sparkly gold dress or opt for a full-length number. Either way, there’s no denying that this little gem has the most dazzling look-at-me numbers in town. From velvet and sequins, to glitter, diamonds and embellishments, this is the perfect spot for those who like to stand out from the crowd.

Those Were The Days, 26 St Stephen St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 225 4400

Harvey Nichols

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The go-to spot for the best designer finds in Edinburgh, Harvey Nichols has an abundance of party options beckoning you to take them out on the town. From blue satin Stella McCartney numbers and embellished Christopher Kane midi dresses to edgy 3.1 Phillip Lim showstoppers, this swanky department store caters to every fashion fanatic’s wardrobe. With 5 floors of never-ending options, consider it an investment and prepare to be the talk of the office party.