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WHAT TO WEAR FOR EVENT SEASON

27.04.17

Whatever the occasion, we’ve got an outfit to suit in our summer events edit

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Longer days, warmer climes and a wealth of new-collection picks at your fingertips? It must be summer event season. This year, make putting your personal stamp on your look as much of a priority as dressing in compliance with the rules thanks to our top tips for what to wear to some of the season’s most anticipated diary entries.

TO THE RACES

Racing season is upon us and it’s the summer equivalent of a black tie event so take advantage and go high-impact when it comes to what to wear. Channel the season’s Modern Romance trend with cascading ruffles – whether they’re artfully placed on a shirt or blouse,or designed to emphasise the sweeping lines of a maxi dress– and elongate your silhouette with classic black heels that have real height. Block heels and a chunky platform are best suited to day-long wear and will put a youthful spin on your look.Finish off with a neutral or cream bag as a complementary accessory.

FOR WIMBLEDON

There’s something pristine about an all-white look and whilst it’s traditional to shy away from wearing it to a wedding, it’s never more appropriate than for a day at Wimbledon. White dresses make for a chic choice but cream suiting separates are this season’s cool-girl way to work the look as they bring a hint of masculinity to traditional event invites. Pure simplicity comes in the form of clean-cut silhouettes and when styled with ladies' flats, this look feels relaxed; ideal for a day spent courtside.

SUMMER GARDEN PARTY

Transitional looks are never more important to master than when days turn into nights. Lightweight layers are key here and it’s important to consider the outfit at every stage of the layering game to ensure you stay looking polished throughout, from black, blue or grey blazers to elegant vests and camis. Mis-matched fluid tailoring strikes the balance between effortless and elegant and when worn with statement accessories, it takes a trend-focussed slant that’s a far cry from traditionally corporate connotations. Keep colours fresh to remain weather-relevant.

AN EVENING INVITE

An obviously event-ready party dress becomes after-dark appropriate when styled right so don’t eschew your go-to occasionwear option just because your invite is evening only. You should still comply to the dress code after all. Dusky pastel hues translate surprisingly well post sunset but opt for more dramatic make-up than you’d typically wear with styles of this nature. A strong beauty look will transform the overall aesthetic in a subtle yet meaningful way and make it perfectly relevant for evening.

FOR THE BOAT RACE

A day by the river calls for something a little more pared-back so look to effortless one-piece styles to capture the essence of the day within your look (read: mini-length shift dresses and tailored playsuits). This is your chance to experiment with colour so if you’re print-shy then up the impact in other areas. Black heels and accessories will make a statement addition to the season’s muted pastels and put an unexpected riff on what we know to be right for the warmer weather.

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