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Occasion Dressing – Summer 2020

As social restraints ease, what do we wear to our upcoming occasions, events and engagements?

Occasions are back, baby!

As we ease further out of lockdown our diaries are filing up with occasions. These can be as an informal as a BBQ at the neighbours or a wedding – so what to wear? The broadest answer is whatever you like! 

Lockdown has given us license to dress up for the supermarket and joggers for a night out, however, I believe the key is to be comfortable both physically and in yourself. Current trends are loose and relaxed, there are lots of flowy, soft fabrics around, so a loose summer dress with wedges (keeping it comfy!) and a hat or fascinator is perfect for a wedding then ditch the shoes and hat for trainers or sandals for lunch with a friend.

Style tip!

Don’t buy a new hat for a wedding, consider hiring or buying pre-loved, and always sell it on because you’re never going to wear it again.

That said, don’t be afraid of wearing the same outfit twice. If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, it’s good enough for you! A simple change of accessories can give it a completely different look. It is worth looking at pre-loved options or even hiring your outfit – it’s often cheaper and there’s no danger that someone else is wearing the same! Alternatively, how about borrowing from a friend? I have a friend that I virtually share a wardrobe with!

Shop what you already own

And how about your own wardrobe? We all have dresses that we wore once lurking at the back of the cupboard. Dresses rarely go out of fashion so it’s worth shopping what you already own. Dresses, however, are not the only way. If you’re not a dress person there are other options such as a trouser suit, which can be worn separately afterwards, or a jumpsuit – don’t feel the pressure to wear a dress if it’s not your thing, there are no rules.

There will be some of you reading this who have big roles coming up – Mother of the Bride, Parent/Godparent at a christening etc so want something special. Ask yourself what makes an outfit special? Is it how much it costs, what it looks like, or how it makes you feel?

I believe it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it…. a big dollop of confidence helps!

I hope I’ve given you some ideas, if I can help further, lets chat!

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