The British summer season is off the starting blocks. It kicked off with Chelsea Flower Show in May and continues with Royal Ascot and Wimbledon in June followed by Henley Regatta and Polo in July before coming to a close with Cowes Week in August.
Wherever you live you will no doubt have some special occasion to attend during the coming months. Perhaps a weddings, a summer party or a special celebration. If the event demands formal attire it is best to plan early to avoid a last-minute panic.
In the UK some of these events still have a strict dress code, such as women must wear skirts or dresses below the knee (no trousers). At Royal Ascot trousers suits are now permitted providing the fabric for the trousers and jacket match however the crown of the head still needs must covered, so no fascinators.
Even if there is no specific dress code we still want to look chic, elegant and appropriately dressed for a special occasion. It is a form of courtesy to our host or hostess.
A dress and jacket or dress and coat are always a wise investment. I have done a considerable amount of research in this area over the last few weeks as we have two very special occasions in our diary. Firstly we have been invited to Royal Ascot at the end of June. Then in August my son is getting married so I will be fulfilling the role of mother of the Groom.
Personally I find that the simplest shapes work best for these occasions. This is not a moment to experiment with the latest trends.
Below is an appropriate “Ascot look” I have put together to inspire you should you have your own “special occasion” to attend this summer.
Bring on the champagne, Pimms, strawberries and cream. Let’s party!
To follow ideas for what to wear at Wimbledon and Henley.
Do you find it challenging putting together a special occasion outfit?