Why isn’t Occasion Wear called Occasional Wear? Don’t we all approach the prospect of dressing for weddings and Ascot with trepidation? It’s a dress code we understand and, though it rarely changes, when we get out that fabulous outfit we wore last year suddenly it just seems so dated. We are adept at Smart Casual, we know how to approach boardroom kit, holidays and weekends are fun and easy to shop for. I spend some hours at this time of year grappling with this look for my personal shopping clients. Even this area of “dress-up” fashion has become simpler and more modern.
Based around a dress, that quintessential emblem of one-step ease, it’s never been easier to build a group of outfits for Summer's smart occasions. Dresses, on their own, are ideal teamed with an easy collarless matching coat - now that’s a perfect combination. Fine summer tweed-effect fabrics in pretty colours will work throughout the season.
Those little Chanel style jackets over a simple dress will take us from flower show to christening. I never recommend buying something for an occasion that really is unlikely to be worn again, i.e. something too dressy. Cut, colour and a great fabric are more important than embellishment. In my view it’s better to buy something new and contemporary than wear something from way back, regardless of the original price or label.
Ideally a couple of outfits that have stripped back styling but are in a sharp cut and a pretty colour will cover every one of our Summer events from A to Z. Buy it, wear it, love it.
Style Agenda by Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com