Words by Emma Tiernan
May 18th, 2018
With summer fast approaching and wedding season officially here, it’s time to start thinking about those upcoming occasions you want to impress at. But, the biggest issue with occasion wear shopping is trying to justify the price tag of a dress when you are wondering ‘will I get to wear this again?’ Too often we have all purchased dresses that we have worn only once and hung them back up never to see the light of day again. This is a false economy and something that can be avoided when armed with a little know-how on some of the key season trends. Trends that will not only tick the occasion box but if adapted and styled a little differently can be worn not just on one occasion but on multiple occasions, so you can maximise your cost per wear. Whether your event is a wedding, a communion, christening, engagement party or a work-related event, we have you covered on what to wear and how you can wear it again.
There is nothing like a trouser suit that says ‘I do things my way’ and this season’s repertoire of dawning colours such as bright yellows and blues to pastel pinks and greens will do just that. Suits are elegant, demure and fantastically individual.
But, what makes a suit a great investment is that not only can you wear it to any occasion, you can also pair it down with a white tee and a pair of white sneakers for your average day to day look. And, if you want to break it down even further wear the pieces separately and style them in multiple guises.
The slip dress is the 90s trend that never really seems to go out of fashion. Slip dresses are ideal for destination weddings where it is guaranteed to be hot. There is something so effortlessly sexy about a slip dress paired with strappy sandals. Not only can you be ready for a nice occasion but the trend of wearing t-shirts under dresses means you can easily wear your slip dress in a more casual setting. Team with a plain white tee and add a pair of sneakers or flats and you are ready for the day. Alternatively, you can also add a chunky knit over the dress when the weather starts to get colder, and voilà you have the perfect transitional piece.
If dresses aren’t for you, then the jumpsuit is the perfect alternative for occasion-wear style. You don’t have to be model height to pull off a jumpsuit, after all, that is what heels are for, not to mention a variety of cropped versions currently vying for pole position. Jumpsuits can also be worn as an everyday piece, just swap out heels for flats and add a denim jacket or leather biker for dress-down cool.
The most versatile of summer dresses and ideal for weddings, vacations or running errands. The best thing about investing in a wrap dress for an occasion is that you are sure to get wear out of it again and again. And with so many beautiful designs to choose from, it is easily the top pick for occasion wear that you’ll want to wear again.
Of course, if you want something a little different than the usual occasion-wear style, then wearing separates is a good way to go. Choosing a standout top and pairing it with a simple pair of pants or vice versa is a great way to turn heads at any occasion. If you are considering choosing separate pieces, just like the suit, it is an easy and versatile way to mix and match the pieces into your everyday style.
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