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FASHION NOTES: ACCESSORISING OCCASIONWEAR

14.05.15

With warmer climes comes the build up of a high-profile event calendar for which your wardrobe choices really count. Our styling tips for the season will momentarily shift your focus from outfit to accessories to ensure your total look is polished and pulled together.

THE OCCASION: RACE DAY

THE OUTFIT: THE PRINTED DRESS

THE ACCESSORIES: COLOUR-POP SHOES

The printed dress is an occasionwear non-negotiable and a classic piece that, accessorised well, can be given a fresh style update. If you’re heading to the races this season, you can’t go wrong with a blown-up floral print in tropical hues. Picking out a single colour from the palette and matching your shoes or clutch to this tone will put a high-impact riff on a traditionally ladylike choice.

THE OCCASION: MODERN WEDDING

THE OUTFIT: THE PASTEL SUIT

THE ACCESSORIES: SLEEK BOX CLUTCH

Sleek, sophisticated and oh-so relevant for now, the suit strikes the balance between modern minimalism and bold statement. Choose between a youthful shorts and blazer combination or a chic trouser suit in fresh, pastel hues to be the best dressed guest, sweeping your hair off your face for a look that translates to evening as well as during the day. A compact box clutch will complement the tailoring's clean lines and towering, pin-thin heels will add leg-lengthening effect to wide and tapered trousers alike.

THE OCCASION: THE REGATTA

THE OUTFIT: THE MIDI SKIRT

THE ACCESSORIES: WEDGE HEELS

A day at the Regatta calls for a demure dress code so make a midi skirt your go-to piece as you head water-side. Sunny sorbet shades are perfect whether you’re in the enclosure or pitching up with a picnic and tone on tone separates will accumulate those extra style points. Keep accessories in line with the colour theme. Wedge heels are perfectly suited to the grassy banks and will stay comfortable throughout the day and into the night.

THE OCCASION: BEACH WEDDING

THE OUTFIT: THE STATEMENT MAXI

THE ACCESSORIES: EMBELLISHED SANDALS

If a beach wedding features on your summer calendar this year, you can’t go wrong with a floor-sweeping maxi dress. Exotic prints will really make a statement and leave little need for accessories. Choose sandals with a wrap-around ankle tie or gilded embellishments, switching a wedge espadrille during the day for a flat leather style as the evening winds down.

THE OCCASION: GARDEN PARTY

THE OUTFIT: THE WHITE DRESS

THE ACCESSORIES: NUDE HEELS

Summer is a time for barbeques and garden parties and the white dress – where otherwise inappropriate – is wholly relevant on occasions such as this. Keep the colour palette fresh with neutral-hued accessories; tan or nude sandals are the perfect partner to an all-white outfit. Take a wide scarf to wrap around your shoulders when the sun goes down but the celebrations continue.

THE OCCASION: EVENING INVITE

THE OUTFIT: THE TAILORED JUMPSUIT

THE ACCESSORIES: METALLIC ACCENTS

The jumpsuit excels at easy elegance and creates a desirable evening look that works throughout the year. For a summer-ready twist, choose a sleeveless navy or white style and add a high-shine pouch or clutch to secure its evening event status. Stiletto heels will elongate the silhouette and a statement metal necklace or cuff adds decoration in the most effortless way.