‘How To: Be The Best Dressed Guest’ is part of the REISS How To video series presented by fashion insider Louise Roe. The aim is to inspire your outfit choices for formal events such as weddings, the polo or the races. It’s focussed around making this particular look an extension of your personal style and not feeling as though you have to conform to the traditional ‘rules’ of event dressing.
It’s important to feel comfortable and confident. If you’re keen to wear a dress, start by looking at shape and colour. A fit and flare dress is a flattering option and maxi lengths are ideal in the warm weather. Aside from wearing white to a wedding, there’s no longer a set of hard and fast rules, so if a dress wouldn’t usually have a place in your wardrobe, think outside the box and choose something like a tailored jumpsuit or a colour-pop short suit. This outfit should epitomise 18-hour dressing as it needs to be appropriate for the day and hold its relevance for evening.
Lastly, a cover-up should never be an after-thought. Choose according to your outfit and be sure it’s something that complements it well. This is a look that is likely to have to work throughout the day and into the night, so it’s got to be something that you feel comfortable in and works for both. Heels are a classic option, but if you know it’s unlikely that you can last the 18-hour time frame, be sure to have an equally stylish pair of flats on hand, or choose a block mid-heel instead.