With spring well and truly in season and summer right on our doorstep, the season of occasion dressing is on our minds. Whether it’s for a wedding, a summer ball or barbecue garden party, dressing up should be a fun and exciting experience, but sometimes this can be just plain daunting. Dress-code dilemmas can send you into a dizzy spell of questions; how dressy is too dressy? Is fitted too formal? Are fascinators out-dated for weddings? Dressing for any event shouldn’t be overthought – your look should be an extension of your day-to-day style. If you love wearing jumpsuits, wear one to your next wedding instead of a dress. If floaty is your thing, wear a loose-cut dress or swishing midi-length skirt. If you usually opt for trousers, try out a smart tailored trouser and team it with a blouse. Adding the right accessories will also elevate your look to something really special.
An understated dress with a fuss-free shape looks effortlessly elegant. Adding a silky patterned scarf adds a luxurious touch as well as being practical for chilly evenings. Complete the look with open-toe shoes and a simple clutch or shoulder bag.
Who says you can’t wear black to a wedding? Ignore this out-dated concept and wear black if it’s what you like to wear best. Black is a universally flattering colour and instantly creates a sleek style that’s classic yet can also be contemporary. Try breaking up the colour by adding contrasting tones – a brightly coloured shoe or handbag will do the trick. Adding statement jewellery is also a great way to add a modern twist to your look.
Dressing for any occasion should be an elevated take on your everyday style. Wearing what you feel comfortable and happy in is the key to getting your look right.
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Floaty bohemian styles are wonderfully feminine and a perfect option for any occasion. Relaxed silhouettes create an effortless style that’s elegant and can be played up for a more intricate look. Try mixing a patterned midi skirt with a tucked-in blouse or a graceful maxi dress with a relaxed blazer. Dainty jewellery, such as a long pendant necklace or a fine bangle, adds just the right amount of sparkle without over-doing the look.
Re-work a classic trouser suit with a contemporary printed cigarette trouser, flowing culottes or a bold coloured pair of tapered trousers. Adding a blazer defines a sharp silhouette and a softer blouse underneath balances out the look with a touch of femininity.