Strictly Elegant: Tess Daly Brings Ballroom Elegance to Party Wear


We’re used to seeing Tess Daly looking glam on Strictly Come Dancing so who better to inspire your perfect party outfit than the stunning TV presenter. While everyone would secretly love to take a twirl in one of the bold and bright ball gowns the contestants sport on the dance floor, this understated strapless black prom dress is the height of sophistication. Add in the nude shoes, sleek hairdo and dazzling smile and you have a winning look that’s easy to copy for a fabulous night out.

Prom perfection

If you don’t have a little black dress in your wardrobe already be sure to grab one before party season gets underway. Even if you’ve already got a well-worn favourite, a woman really can’t have too many to choose from! To channel Tess’ tasteful take on this classic style, choose a strapless black dress with a fabulous flared skirt. This sweetheart neckline dress features pretty an embellished design with an on-trend lace bodice and a puffball skirt. The nipped in waist and floaty skirt slim stomachs and create a curvy hourglass shape on all figures. For even more choice check out this range of gorgeous Little Mistress dresses.

Stylish stilettoes

The nude tanned tone of Tess’ lovely shoes ties in with the understated look of her classy gown and helps to elongate her lovely long legs. Versatile and pretty neutral tones are in this season, which is great news since they can be used as a trendy alternative to formal black shoes and brightly patterned styles. These point court shoes from Definitions are available in a range of colours but the beige ones will help you to get that nude look. These glossy and elegant shoes can work as well in the office as at a fancy cocktail party when teamed with a fitted pencil skirt and smart blouse. For a more glitzy take, go for these glitter platform shoes which feature playful gold sparkles in true Strictly ​style. If you love Tess’ stylish black dress but want to make a statement with your shoes, make your footwear the focal point with some on-trend animal print court shoes. The leopard print puts a fun modern twist on this timeless design for an eye-catching but refined look.

Cool clutch

Finish the outfit off with a stylish black clutch. This stunning satin clutch bag comes with a chain so you won’t have to hang on to it all night, while the pretty blush bow goes beautifully with your nude shoes. We all know the LBD is a party staple but this smart bag might just be your new favourite piece for formal evening events.

You may not get the chance to don a ball gown every Saturday like gorgeous Tess, but make the most of your nights out with your own take on her classic and elegant outfit.