Special occasion dressing

It is that time of year again. Invitations to summer weddings, garden parties, charity events are beginning to arrive. Dress codes to have become more relaxed over the last few years. Trousers now seem to be acceptable at even the most formal of occasions. Even Royal Ascot allows trousers to be worn, as long as they have a matching top and therefore constitute a “trouser suit”. Even jumpsuits have become acceptable attire. The Steward’s enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta still require that shoulders be covered and dresses/skirts are worn on or below the knee. Trousers are not however acceptable in the Steward’s enclosure.

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Blue hat // White dress with blue pattern  // white cotton jacket  // Blue clutch bag  // silver block heeled shoes  // Perfume

Special occasion dressing

Another problem with special occasion dressing is the “wear once phenomenon”. Not a good use of our clothes budget. I have chosen items that in my opinion can be adapted after the big event. Wear the dress without the jacket, change the accessories et voila a simple summer outfit. Wear the white jacket with jeans and simple flats. The blue straw hat can be worn on the beach with a stunning 50s style swimsuit.

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Grey occasion hat  // cream/grey pattern coat  // silk top  // grey wide trousers  // Grey clutch bag  // neutral sling-back pumps  // Cream/grey print dress  // perfume

You might like to check out last years post on what french women wore for a summer weddings at the church in our french village.

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Classics always look chic

Classics always look chic. When it comes to our basics it is worth investing in the classics. I have owned this Winser London short trench coat for over two years now (how I wore it in 2015). It has served me well and has been worth the initial outlay. Cost per wear I have lost count. It is lightweight and therefore ideal for Spring/Summer. It is made from a showerproof techno fabric and washes like a dream. Very practical.

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Long sleeve summer dresses

This week I set myself the task of searching for long sleeve summer dresses. This proved extremely challenging. I wish brands would realise that we are a growing demographic who are still interested in clothes and the way we dress. However we prefer certain design considerations such as long sleeves for dresses and tops.

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The blue long sleeve dress is by  Winser London . How I styled it last year (check out post here). I am glad that it is still available this season. On the left I have styled the dress more formally with a cream straw fedora by M&S similar // Multi coloured ear studs // red handbag (seems to have sold out in red similar)  //  red shoes (seem to have sold out similar). On the right I have styled it more casually with a wide brimmed beach hat  // gold hoop earrings  // straw beach bag and white/gold sandals.

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What I wore on the beach

A taste of summer and holidays to come. Last week while in the South of France we spent a wonderful day on the beach. The sun was shining and all was well with the world. We shared a delicious picnic with friends sitting on the sand at L’Escalet. I am wearing my new East top (shown in my capsule holiday wardrobe). I have teamed it with a pair of wide leg linen trouser (a few years old similar) and some slip on mules. The hat I bought in St.Tropez market. It is a lovely blush colour. I just can’t resist a hat!!

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How to wear sky blue

I love pale blue all year round but especially for spring/summer. If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I often wear this colour. It reminds me of the sky. Even when covered by clouds the blue sky is always there.

The cashmere sweater I am wearing above is the Audrey scoop neck jumper by Winser London. One of my favourite brands. I like to feature them on this blog as their fabrics are of the highest quality. Their cashmere is divine. If you prefer a long sleeve they do offer the Audrey cashmere belted cardigan in the Chambray blue. Definitely on my wish list. Alternatively their boyfriend longline V neck. 

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