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By Invite Only

02.09.16

As the flurry of summer events comes to a close, it's time to shift your focus to those pending invites that require a somewhat darker dress code. We explore the possibilities that come with event-season styling in our latest fashion feature

THE MAXIMALIST

Not only does a navy maxi dress promise to work for all manner of events, it also holds sartorial staying power, making it the ultimate occasionwear investment. Switch up your footwear and accessory picks to create a range of different looks – flats and a slouchy suede clutch will add an air of nonchalance, whilst glossy heels and costume-inspired jewellery will really up the glamour.

SHARP SOPHISTICATION

Traditionally, there’s something undeniably pure about an all-white look, but clean lines and structured shapes have transformative powers and give this season’s styles a certain authority that feels fresh. Offset crisp, boyish cuts with the allure of a languid silk blouse and keep make-up natural as, in this instance, less most certainly equates to more.

ALL ABOUT BALANCE

The key to mastering a sleek and covetable event look is to focus on a single hero piece and choose minimalistic separates to wear with it. A classic black knit will contradict the eye-catching pattern of a full skirt, with fine cashmere or merino wool compositions adding a luxurious slant that’s at once pulled-together and wholly sophisticated.

THE ART OF PRINT

Masterful floral prints continue to blossom as we move into autumn, but they take on a more muted guise that’s suited to darker days. Fabrics remain light, with semi-sheer detailing adding depth to designs, and hemlines graze the calf in a wholly relevant manner.

A LESSON IN LACE

Proving there’s no such thing as basic black, a graphic lace midi dress fuses timeless romance with contemporary design. Tapping into the season’s longer lengths trend, it’s a relevant way to make an impression this event season. Be sure to balance proportions with strappy black sandals, keeping heels high for optimum impact.

ICE COOL

Cool, powdery hues mirror the colder climes of autumn and a whimsical cocktail dress will lend itself perfectly to those late-season invites that you’re yet to attend. Simple silhouettes benefit from strategic pleating, which in turn adds movement to the shape and results in an innately feminine look.

THE DARKER SIDE OF GLAMOUR

Channel an uncompromising fascination with black and sport it head-to-toe this event season. When styled with intricate lace, your everyday leather skirt will exude glamorous, rock’n’roll appeal. Keep things light-hearted by accessorising with embellishment – a studded clutch will add a decorative touch.

STYLING KNOW-HOW

Statement pattern and clashing textures appear all the more approachable when styled in a neutral palette; enter the classic combination of black and white. Soften the impact of a jacquard skirt with single-colour separates and drape a long-line blazer over your shoulders to keep the look clean-cut. The result? Polished effortlessness that works around-the-clock.

THAT'S A WRAP

The right outerwear will do more than just weather-proof your outfit and for now, wrap-around cuts come oversized, exuding a borrowed-from-the-boys aesthetic that will stave off the chill in the most alluring way. Rich textiles leave little need for statement design details so the overall look is understated yet undeniably elegant.

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