As summer approaches, so does the wave of events which fill our diaries; weddings, parties, BBQs and family gatherings, you name it, the warmer months encourage all the parties and with them, the need for appropriate outfits. Cue panic amongst women everywhere. We want to look our best and feel our most confident while allowing our personal style to shine through – it’s no mean feat!
For me, and with my Personal Styling clients, I look to occasion dresses which flatter the figure first and foremost but next on the ticklist for that perfect frock is a dress that’s versatile and will work for more than one occasion. Whether you’re on a budget or not, a wardrobe filled with one-wear wonders is neither practical nor useful so look for items which can be worn in several ways to reinvent it with every wear.
I’d describe my style as simply styled with a polished finish – you may or may not agree with that description of course! I don’t often wear dresses for day time so I embrace the opportunity to wear one for a special occasion whether that be for dinner and drinks or as a wedding guest outfit.
A bright block colour dress may feel like a statement-making piece but with the right tone for you that can only be a good thing. This emerald green number feels bold but the stretch lace overlay softens the overall look.
I meet many women who size up or opt for looser clothing to hide curves and any perceived problem areas, when in fact, this simply adds volume and more often than not makes her look larger than she is. While comfort is always important, particularly in occasion dresses where you may be wearing the dress from day into night and also enjoying a meal while wearing it, something more fitted or tailored can work wonders to enhance your best assets and smooth others.
Keep accessories simple with metallic tones and don’t feel you have to match your metals and wear all silver or gold, it’s OK to contrast a rose gold shoe with silver jewellery or gold bag and silvery heels. Too matchy-matchy and it can look dated. It’s also best to avoid black accessories with a block colour dress, particularly during the warmer months as they can be too harsh against bright tones.
Finish with bright nails in a contrasting colour – I opted for neon pink, why not! – and/or a bright lip colour also, with emerald green a coral orange or peachy pink will work well to add a summery accent. To re-wear the dress in autumn/winter try a softer more neutral lip colour to finish.