Weddings or The Races – Occasion Wear 

For many of us the summer means weddings, evening do’s or even the races if you’re really lucky!

But for many ladies dressing up for a big occasion can prove a real challenge, stepping out of our comfort zones in search of an outfit that strikes the right tone for the event as well as making us feel glamourous and comfortable. By comfort I don’t mean a onesie and slippers, I mean that for some ladies a big occasion can strike fear into their hearts as dressing up is their worst nightmare. I personally like nothing more than getting dressed up, popping on my heels and feeling super glam. But I can completely understand why this type of event can challenge comfort zones, we all have them after all.

I thought I’d put together some of my Stylissimo Lust Have’s from the High Street which are suitable for a dressier do with some advice on which looks will suit different body shapes, which will hopefully help those struggling to find the perfect outfit.

  
For those conscious of their legs, smart tailored wide leg trousers and a pretty blouse can offer a chic outfit for a Wedding Evening do. This outfit is from Reiss the nude coloured trousers are very on trend, the lace top is feminine and offers upper arm coverage essential for some ladies. It would suit a shaped (small waist, curvy hips)  and semi straight (some definition to waist and hips but not overly curvy) body shape as the top creates emphasis at the waist and the pleat detail and structured waistband of the trousers will work well with your shape.

Another great option for a lady with shape and curve to her hips and a neat nipped in waist is the Kalisse Two Piece from Coast  


The cropped blouse adds emphasis to your tiny waist, the pleated a-line midi length skirt will skim beautifully over your hips creating a beautiful silhouette complimenting your shape. Whether you’re off to the races or a wedding guest, add a hat or facinator in a toning colour. A top tip is to match your shoes to your bag, not your hat, if you match the shoes and hat the combination will shorten you. With this example I’d look for an oversized silver metallic clutch, which when held at your waist or under your arm will make your waist look even slimmer.

Jumpsuit’s are a chic alternative to dresses if you prefer a more modern look, this dove and ivory jumpsuit from Mint Velvet would look great on a lady with some shape to her waist and hips. The two tone colour will add emphasis to your waist and elongate your legs, if you’re short like me do not fear a jumpsuit as a version in one solid block colour will lengthen you making you look taller.

  
For those with no definition to their hips, with a straight body silhouette your best look is to follow the lines of your body shape. Don’t try and create a waist if you don’t have one, the clothes will ruche and gather awkwardly it’s always best to wear straight cut dresses and skirts with little or no waistband.

I recently discovered this fantastic brand Finery London which is somewhere between French Connection and Cos with a more grown up feel but without high price tags. This shift dress from their Spring Summer offering is great for a straight body shape, with the vertical overlay and pleat details lengthening you. Who doesn’t want to feel taller?

  
I haven’t deliberately chosen pale/nude colours they just happen to big this season, if I was to choose colour or print I’d go for something like this from Anthropologie

  
There are many colours to choose from to match your accessories to, and with the Neautral background it’s a versatile dress that will suit many skin tones, the shape of the dress is best suited to a lady with some shape to their hips (also known as a semi straight) .

Speaking of accessories I am in love with these silver metallic heals from LK Bennett 

  

Also these courts, available in 9 colours including leopard print these courts from Dune at House of Fraser will elongate your leg and will suit most outfits.

  
When it comes to bags for occasion wear I’d always recommend a clutch, a tip for you is to be conscious of where you carry it. Under your arm draws attention to your boobs, held in your hand draws attention to your hips so if these areas are of concern to you aim to hold it with your elbow at your waist as it will draw attention to your waist and away from your areas of concern. 

I had the pleasure of visiting the & Other Stories store in London, a breath of fresh air this retailer has really thought about the flow of the store as well as the product. I saw this fab clutch while I was there, gold metallic on black will take you through to next season too. What a bargain.

  
Finally fringing is a massive trend this season, so if you’re looking to invest in a bag that you can wear to other occasions thus maximising your price per wear it’s got to be my favourite brand Zara available in cream and black this clutch is a winner.

  
If you have an Occasion wear dilemma and you’d like to ask my advice drop me a line at emma@stylissimo.co.uk and I’d love to offer some help.

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