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FASHION NOTES: BE THE BEST DRESSED HOST

29.03.15

Easter bank holiday is fast approaching and as a traditionally family-orientated weekend, it’s effortless, easy-to-wear style that we’ll be turning to. If you’re planning to host at home, it’s likely that your outfit will be as much in the spotlight as your hospitality, so we’ve pulled together a rough guide on what to wear when you’re entertaining.

LAIDBACK AND LADYLIKE

THE OCCASION: All day Sunday

THE OUTFIT: Oversized silhouettes in pastel hues

THE MENU: Traditional roast chicken

The simplest way to create an effortless, laidback look is by up-sizing your separates. Voluminous shapes and layers of soft, palette-cleansing hues work beautifully for spring and strike the balance between comfort and style. Invest in oversized knitwear (or try one size up!) and wear it with wide-leg tailoring or a loose, knife-pleat midi skirt.

POLISHED PERFECTION

THE OCCASION: Drinks and nibbles

THE OUTFIT: A jumpsuit and heels

THE MENU: Cheese and wine

There’s nothing quite like a jumpsuit to achieve that perfectly pulled-together look whilst maintaining the image that you’ve made minimal effort (“what this old thing?!”). When it comes to evening, the more clean-cut the design, the better. Simple tailored styles allow you to inject personality with statement jewellery or a leather biker. Keep things classic and team yours with a delicate fine-chain necklace and a bold manicure.

EFFORTLESS CHIC

THE OCCASION: Afternoon tea

THE OUTFIT: Go-to skinny jeans and a silk blouse

THE MENU: Hot cross buns and Easter nests

There’s something particularly flawless about a look that fuses smart and casual style and the simplest way to capture this high-low mix is by pairing your go-to jeans with a fluid silk blouse. Touches of tactile detailing - like a feminine bow at the neck or a tonal jacquard scarf - add depth, and sleek leather boots make for a classic final touch. If the weather still proves too chilly to go sans cover-up, choose fine-knit cashmere for a spring-ready alternative to chunkier styles.