Is your summer social calendar filling up? From weddings, to christenings, to days at the races, it can feel like a case of ‘what do I wear?’ every weekend at the moment. The good news is, there are plenty of chic options for occasion outfits out there, whether you’re looking for a dress and heels, or going for a stylish jumpsuit and fascinator look.
1. The Floral Dress
One of our favourite things about floral dresses is their versatility. They look cool with trainers, but add a clutch, heels and fascinator, and you’ve also got the perfect occasion dress. Soft pastels and ditsy prints are foolproof for a countryside wedding, but if you prefer a pop of bolder colour, take the pattern bold too. Swap daisies for poppies to make a stunning statement.
2. The Elegant Jumpsuit
Jumpsuits as occasionwear? We’re officially sold. With the right silhouette and colour, these stylish suits can look as glam as your favourite dress – if not moreso. This v-neck, floaty number is a winner that comes in not one, but three dreamy hues, including a striking coral, on-trend pink and vibrant aqua. Team with metallic accessories (gold looks especially elegant with each of the colours), or go for a contrasting pop of colour. The aqua-violet combo above is flawless.
3. The Navy Number
Never mind the LBD; the LND (little navy dress) is just as timeless, while proving far more summer-ready than your go-to black little black dress. Perfect for transeasonal dressing, this staple also looks as good in hot weather as it does in the cooler months, making it a sustainable option for year-round occasion outfits.
4. The Bold Midi
You don’t need bold prints to make a statement. Try out the colour blocking trend by choosing a one-tone occasion dress and contrasting accessories. Go for radiant shades of coral, emerald, sapphire or yellow, and you’ll be flaunting summer vibes all season long. Straw clutch bags look extra tropical if it’s a particularly hot day.
5. The Skirt Combo
It’s not all dresses and jumpsuits. This blouse and skirt combo is a fifties-inspired dream come true, with the kelly green colour ticking off one of this year’s biggest fashion trends. The belt is also high in the style stakes, while the ivory top is, quite simply, a classic; the kind of piece that belongs in every capsule wardrobe to wear with jeans, trousers and skirts.
6. Don’t Forget Accessories
The accessories you pick will depend on the style of outfit you’re going for, but there are three must-haves that always work: a clutch, a pair of heeled sandals, and a fascinator. For a suits-all clutch bag, gold or silver shades are as versatile as neutrals (but with a little more glam). You can match your choice of metallic in your heels as well, which will instantly tie your look together. Then, check out Soul Accessories for fascinators in a range of colours. Will you coordinate or go for a contrasting colour? The choice is up to you.
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