Longer days, warmer climes and a wealth of new-collection picks at your fingertips? It must be summer event season. This year, make putting your personal stamp on your look as much of a priority as dressing in compliance with the rules thanks to our top tips for what to wear to some of the season’s most anticipated diary entries.
TO THE RACES
Racing season is upon us and it’s the summer equivalent of a black tie event so take advantage and go high-impact when it comes to what to wear. Channel the season’s Modern Romance trend with cascading ruffles – whether they’re artfully placed on a top or designed to emphasise the sweeping lines of a maxi dress – and elongate your silhouette with shoes that have height. Block heels and a chunky platform are best suited to day-long wear and will put a youthful spin on your look.
There’s something pristine about an all-white look and whilst it’s traditional to shy away from wearing it to a wedding, it’s never more appropriate than for a day at Wimbledon. Dresses make for a chic choice but suiting separates are this season’s cool-girl way to work the look as they bring a hint of masculinity to traditional event invites. Pure simplicity comes in the form of clean-cut silhouettes and when styled with flats, this look feels relaxed; ideal for a day spent courtside.
SUMMER GARDEN PARTY
Transitional looks are never more important to master than when days turn into nights. Lightweight layers are key here and it’s important to consider the outfit at every stage of the layering game to ensure you stay looking polished throughout. Mis-matched fluid tailoring strikes the balance between effortless and elegant and when worn with statement accessories, it takes a trend-focussed slant that’s a far cry from traditionally corporate connotations. Keep colours fresh to remain weather-relevant.
AN EVENING INVITE
An obviously event-ready dress becomes after-dark appropriate when styled right so don’t eschew your go-to occasionwear option just because your invite is evening only… You should still comply to the dress code after all. Dusky pastel hues translate surprisingly well post sunset but opt for more dramatic make-up than you’d typically wear with styles of this nature. A strong beauty look will transform the overall aesthetic in a subtle yet meaningful way and make it perfectly relevant for evening.
FOR THE BOAT RACE
A day by the river calls for something a little more pared-back so look to effortless one-piece styles to capture the essence of the day within your look (read: mini-length shift dresses and tailored playsuits). This is your chance to experiment with colour so if you’re print-shy then up the impact in other areas. Black will make a statement addition to the season’s muted pastels and put an unexpected riff on what we know to be right for the warmer weather.