The invitations have landed and your summer calendar has never looked busier. From your best friend’s wedding one week to a day out at the races the next – it’s an exciting time but it can also bring up a real sense of wardrobe anxiety.
What will you wear and how can you make sure you don’t look the same as everybody else? Senior fashion features editor Charlene Barton has the answers. Watch the video now to discover three occasion looks that will ensure you’re the most stylish guest in attendance.
If you’re not a fan of dresses, show the men how it’s done and make an entrance in a statement suit. As seen on the catwalks of Victoria Beckham, Tom Ford, Hermès – sharp tailoring is a headline trend this season and it's a lot easier to pull off than it might at first seem. For formal dress codes such as Ascot or a black-tie wedding, team with a delicate camisole underneath to keep it polished. If you’re attending a more laid-back affair (eg, your work summer party), switch it up with a simple white T-shirt instead. Either way, keep accessories to a minimum with subtle jewellery, a sleek clutch and strappy black sandals to finish.
Jumpsuits are the epitome of cool and guaranteed to stand out against a sea of fancy frocks. Think of 1970s Halston and Studio 54: timeless, chic and the ultimate encouragement for a night of dancing. What’s more, they have the beauty of being one piece that creates an instant outfit. To truly make an impact, break the summer norm of bold brights and opt instead for a classic palette in navy and black. Add statement earrings, block heels to create the illusion of endless pins and complete with your best smile.
If there’s ever a time to embrace the brighter side of life, it’s summer. We’re talking bold and beautiful graphic prints here – so while everyone else is showing off this season’s pastel trend, you’ll be turning heads in something a little punchier. Cue 1970s-inspired shift dresses, fabulous florals in paint box shades and a boost of confidence to go with it. As your main piece demands attention, the key is to keep the rest of your look pared back – that means simple accessories and footwear. If in doubt, stick to black.