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LATE-SUMMER EVENT DRESSING MASTERED

28.07.16

Master late-summer occasionwear styling with our latest new arrivals

Frida dress

It’s fair to say that the good weather has only recently made its overdue appearance, and with that in mind it has been somewhat tricky to envisage the kind of occasionwear outfit that would work for late summer. However, our new-season picks will ensure you’re at the top of your sartorial game, and what’s more? These pieces are so new you’ll minimise your chances of having that awkward matching-outfit situation with other guests

PRINTED PERFECTION

Meet your new favourite printed dress, the Frida, with its painterly pattern and watercolour hues. Part of the transitional collection but with a summer-ready feel, it will make a fresh alternative to the styles already in your wardrobe. Keep accessories neutral for a sophisticated look.

Louie playsuit. Christy clutch, Malva shoes

MINI LENGTHS

Don’t reserve playful mini lengths for casualwear alone – they make a charming alternative to traditional occasionwear and will keep your look modern. A wrap-front playsuit like the Louie is chic, easy to wear and loaded with styling opportunities. Up the impact by adding metallic heels and crystal-embellished jewellery or keep things considered by trying nude pumps and a suede clutch.

Hexa dress, Rhia earrings, Gaia shoes

EMBROIDERED DETAILING

Stay a step ahead of the fashion pack and tap into the new season texture trend early with a fully embroidered dress. The Hexa is cut to a feminine fit and flare silhouette and features a mesh overlay that’s decorated with a tactile leaf design, so it’s classic in shape with a trend-focussed slant. Wear it with nude heels to your next wedding.

Kristina jumpsuit, Nikita necklace, Rosa bag, Leighton shoes

STATEMENT SILHOUETTES

A strong print or a bold colourway is a no-brainer when it comes to making an impact with occasionwear, but this season it’s statement silhouettes that pack a serious punch. Jumpsuits come with wide, boxy trouser legs that skim the body and create an elegant, floor-sweeping silhouette, but be sure to balance the look by exposing the shoulders or wearing a plunging neckline.

Madison textured shirtKam shorts, Ariana shoes

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

Whilst a dress is arguably the most popular style when it comes to occasionwear, it’s often the guests and attendees that choose to wear something a little different who stand out as being the most stylish. Why not try tucking a silk blouse into shorts to think outside the box? A jacquard pattern will add depth and texture to block colours and bold accessories will add that fashion-focussed edge.

 

Angela dress. Rhea earrings, Rosa bag, Leighton shoes

ENDLESS ELEGANCE

Choosing a dress in a soft, neutral hue like oyster-grey is versatile, sophisticated, and it gives you the option to experiment with style in other ways. Add some sparkle with crystal-embellished jewellery (earrings work best with a high-neck design like the Angela) or opt for a clutch with sparkle to elevate the look. Don’t be shy of choosing black accessories in summer – when teamed with lighter shades they’ll ground a look better than any other colour.