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Ask Team W. ICONS: Expert Answers To Your Style Questions

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Dresses and I have never got along. Can I realistically get away with wearing a suit to a wedding?
Yes, for sure! Most of the W. ICONS team would instantly opt for a suit over a dress for wedding season. Choose lightweight fabrics and lighter colours, and dress up with heels and jewellery.
This summer marks a big birthday for me. I’ve decided to celebrate with a really treat-y bag. What would you invest in right now?
Oh, exciting! Congrats for the big birthday. We would suggest an everyday bag as you’ll get the most use out of that style for the money you’ve invested (consider cost per wear). This Loewe Squeeze in classic black with subtle gold hardware is a hot-ticket purchase.
I have a friend-who-has-everything’s birthday coming up. What on earth can I get her?
We may be biased, but we are big fans of our recent Future ICON Dévé. The silver or gold personalised charm necklace is guaranteed to please even the trickiest of recipients. For extra brownie points, add our exclusive heart charm.
I’ve fallen in love with oversized shirts – but haven’t figured out how to style them outside work yet. Thoughts?
One of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe, the oversized shirt can actually be styled in so many different ways. Wear open over slip dresses, with denim shorts and even as a beach cover-up over swimwear on holidays. In our mind, it’s as much a vacation essential as a summer-in-the-city must have.
I think my long love affair with bikinis has run its course. I’m a one-piece woman now. What style would you recommend that is not too classic?
We love a one-piece – they’re so chic. This, from our collaboration with Casa Raki, is cut from a super soft Italian Econyl Lycra that moulds to your figure, so it’s incredibly flattering. Plus, the keyhole neckline with crossed straps means it’s far from your average swimsuit.
I’ve been invited to a hen party in Ibiza with strict wardrobe stipulations. Will I be uninvited to the wedding if I don’t wear the obligatory black mini dress?
OK, an LBD is a classic, so investing in one for the hen doesn’t mean you won’t wear it again. Choose something versatile, like this style, which you could wear to a beachy lunch or dress up for the evening with chunky gold jewellery.
I love the thought of having a summer bag but worry that a raffia one will feel too beachy here in the city. What’s a good compromise?
The good news is that a raffia bag has definitely reached city-appropriate status. But, for something sleeker, a woven leather piece is a great alternative. We are big fans of this Dragon Diffusion tote in the large size. It comes in a variety of shades and is big enough for more than just your essentials, but not too oversized for a summer in the city.
I love sandals, but really don’t love having my feet out at work. What other flat options do I have?
You could try a backless loafer. It’s a great way to nod to summer in a more corporate environment. These Gucci ones are a real timeless classic, and will work with summer suiting, skirts and dresses.
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