With summer comes a diary full of events – from balmy afternoon drinks and dancing to warm weather weddings and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Nailing the dress code for dressy occasions needn’t be stressful or require you to splash cash on purchases you’ll only wear once. (It also doesn’t mean you need to wear a loud print or over-the-top outfit that doesn’t fit with your usual minimalist style.) The key is to add items to your capsule wardrobe that are versatile enough to be styled in multiple ways and allow for effortless event dressing. With a handful of pieces and a few clever styling tips, you’ll be set for event outfits. Here’s how.
Tip #1: Invest in a simple dress or separates
Instead of a one-hit-wonder party dress, opt for classic silhouettes, fabrications and colours for the base of your outfit to allow for multiple styling options. A timeless slip dress is a forever fail-safe choice – it can be dressed up in myriad ways simply by switching out your accessories. A maxi bias-cut slip dress made from lightweight silk or satin fabric will always drape beautifully, enhancing your figure and elongating the body.
Separates can be even more versatile. A suit or matching two-piece set reads elegant yet effortless (win) and makes getting dressed up even easier. Plus, you can switch out the top or bottoms to create more ensembles.
Tip #2: Seek out your ideal party handbag
Which bag you’ll carry to an evening soiree can be an afterthought, but nothing ruins a special event outfit like a bulky day bag. The perfect handbag will hold all your essentials (phone, credit card, lipstick, keys) without taking up too much room. Go for a small shoulder bag or pouch-style clutch with a detachable strap.
Tip #3: Personalise with a perfect strappy shoe
When it comes to evening footwear, minimalist heels on the shorter side or strappy sandals work best. (There’s nothing effortless about hobbling about in sky-high stilettos!) Keep the style of the shoe understated and comfy, and you’ll wear them tonnes. An ankle strap kitten heel in black, beige or white will work time and time again.
Tip #4: Add statement jewellery for a final touch
Up the ante with a sprinkle of gold or silver jewellery. If your outfit needs a lift, choose a selection of statement jewellery to draw attention to where you want it. A beaded necklace, jumbo drop earrings or a pleasantly chunky ring are all modern pieces that can all elevate a simple ensemble with next-to-no effort.
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