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BY INVITATION ONLY

18.03.13

It’s that time of year again, when those invitations start hitting the door mat and your summer diary slowly starts to fill. From weddings, to garden parties or a day at the races, the likelihood is you’ll be attending at least one formal function this summer - but what will you wear?

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It’s easy to fall into a trap when it comes to dressing for occasions, there’s something about it which feels so staid and formulaic. So, if a pastel-hued shift dress with a matching pashmina and feathery fascinator brings you out in hives, read on. There are alternatives, very stylish ones...

Of course, we’re not turning our backs on dresses, or even pastels – both strike a chord during the wedding season. However, it’s all about thinking outside of the box, a bit. We’re not suggesting you go totally left field, but choose your pieces wisely and you’ll feel good and look current – so often a challenge when it comes to the paint-by-numbers formula of getting ‘dressed up’.

Beautiful dresses in ice blue, palest pink or pretty prints offer a soft hit of colour across simple, unfussy shapes with just a hint of detail; gentle ruffles, structured frills or abstract pleating lending an understated but textured feel. Breezing in wearing one of these will have an air of effortlessness - something of a rarity at the summer weddings line up.

If you like the idea of a dress, but also going informal, a maxi dress will work. With a relaxed yet glamorous feel, our frill detail maxi in flame red has a striking effect but with a bohemian vibe. As does a jumpsuit – impactful but uncomplicated, pull it on and keep your look simple yet bold with a statement necklace or shoe.

Or, adopt the season’s trend for separates. This is where your styling prowess can be really put to good use. Go white-on-white (another hot trend), with a simple tie waist top over a well-cut trouser and finish with a sexy white pump. Suits are a striking option, but go modern with your tailoring; pick a sharp suit in a sweet sorbet shade (we like peach) and wear it with a simple tee and snappy clutch.

Follow these simple outfit ideas and when those invitations come rolling in you’ll be safe in the knowledge that there won’t be a pashmina or fascinator in sight.

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