Special occasion dressing seems to have disappeared from our wardrobe radar. Do we need to buy special occasion items as we plan our Summer outfits? Over the last few years, we have got so used to dressing more casually. We may be caught off balance when we receive an invitation for a wedding, garden party, christening or formal dinner.
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Pale blue cotton broderie maxi dress MarksandSpencer || Pearl bracelet Oliver Bonas || Embellished soft red maxi dress MarksandSpencer || Satin trim tuxedo blazer Jigsaw || Satin trim tuxedo trousers Jigsaw || Semi-precious stone drop earrings Nordstrom || Pearl and crystal clutch bag Nordstrom || LK Bennett lavender coat at JohnLewis&Partners || Hobbs deep coral jacket at JohnLewis&Partners.
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Pink satin look single-breasted blazer MarksandSpencer || Gold sandals Boden || Pink camisole Jigsaw at JohnLewis&Partners || Silver court shoes JohnLewis&Partners ||Floral button through midi dress MarksandSpencer || Cream silk camisole JohnLewis&Partners || Blue maxi skirt Jigsaw at JohnLewis&Partners.
For my US readers here is a link to the MarksandSpencer US site. They offer some excellent dresses.
My personal strategy is to buy clothes that can be dressed up or down. Nowadays trouser-suits are just as acceptable as skirts and dresses for “posh doos”. I have some off white silk shirts that complement my wide-leg trousers. I also have a couple of maxi dresses that can be dressed up or down depending on my accessories. A silky camisole can be slipped under a formal jacket.
I would love to know what your strategies are for dressing for special occasions these days. Do you buy special outfits or try and work with what you already have in your wardrobe?
A modern way to plan your special occasion dressing.
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