Our co-founder answers your most-asked event style questions
Here’s the thing – I love dressing up. If I had it my way, every occasion would have a ‘wow’ dress code. However, it’s all too easy to get out of the swing of event dressing, especially over the last couple of years. Through our personal shopping sticker on Instagram, we’ve noticed that many of you are seeking some inspiration for the coming party season. So, I wanted to lend a helping hand by offering my fail-safe solutions to the seven most-asked questions.
What is the most versatile occasion-ready piece that I can restyle for lots of events this summer?
If you’ve got a few special occasions in the diary this summer, you’d be smart to invest in a dressy co-ord. A matching skirt and top can be worn together for relaxed occasions – finish with chic flats, a raffia bag and bangles. For formal dress codes, team the skirt with a white shirt, platform sandals, a satin evening bag and hoops.
What can I wear to a black-tie event that is appropriately formal but looks modern?
An asymmetric neckline immediately gives formal pieces a contemporary edge. I love the clean lines on this Bernadette gown, which is given a statement flourish thanks to the upscale bow. The length works well with heels, or go super-modern with a pointy flat. Keep your beauty look simple and let the dress do the talking.
I’ve got a big birthday coming up and want to wear an extra-special dress. What should I go for?
If there was ever a moment to shine, this is it, so now’s the time for an unforgettable dress in shimmering gold. Choose your favourite silhouette and go all out with molten metallics or sparkling sequins – both of which look great against sun-kissed skin. Short lengths work best with flats or a low heel. Team long styles with disco platforms.
How can I stylishly dress a baby bump for summer weddings?
A-line silhouettes are perfect for accommodating a bump and don’t look tent-like in a shorter length. This one-shouldered dress has a sweeping cape detail that works for every stage of pregnancy and will still look chic long after your bump has gone. Keep it comfortable with satin flats and add polish with pearl ear climbers and a headband.
Where can I find a summer occasion dress for under £200?
There are some great smart-price options for chic event dressing. Classic polka dots are a timeless choice for daytime weddings – try this cross-front maxi dress from La Redoute. For evening events, a metallic mini teamed with platforms says dance-floor ready. Florals and garden parties are a match made in heaven and Boden’s maxi comes with a pretty ruffle neck. Reach for COS’s purple knitted midi for low-key city weddings and throw a blazer over the top. Amp up ARKET’s zingy green midi with dressy accessories for summer cocktails.
What is a stylish alternative to florals for a wedding-guest dress?
Solid colours look chic for summer and are easy to wear in a dress silhouette – just add shoes. They can also be effortlessly restyled throughout the season by switching up the accessories; go low-key with neutrals or statement with clashing brights. Stick to versatile midi lengths, picking the sleeve style and colour that makes you feel the most confident.
Where can I find a timeless party dress in a size 18?
I love the idea of black polka-dot tulle for a party dress – I bought a version a few years ago and have worn it on repeat. Boden’s Edie dress comes in sizes 6-22 and has beautiful detailing around the neckline as well as a versatile midi length hem, which will work with heels or flats. Add a pair of dazzling earrings and a luxe mini bag.
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