I am a total ‘middle season’ lover – I adore spring and autumn. There is something electric about the movement between one phase of the year in to another. Spring in particular feels fresh and full of possibility . . . not to mention it leads us in to summer which makes it an especially favourable season in my eyes . . . !
Right about now, Oli and I are beginning to fill our diaries with weddings and special occasion dates. Some of our best friends are getting married in the summer and we both couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with them.
For that particular occasion Oli is the best man and I am a bridesmaid so we don’t actually have to think about what to wear on the day, which although it means the pressure’s off for finding an outfit I’m actually missing choosing a ‘wedding guest’ look . . . the grass is always greener right?!
Luckily for my ‘outfit choosing’ wishes, we have lots of other lovely occasions to go to this year, and today I am partnering with one of my very favourite brands Banana Republic to share my two cents about what to wear to a wedding or special occasion on the day of, and the day after.
Because if you’re anything like me, you like to make the most of every invitation and prolong the lovely outfits for as long as possible . . . !
WHAT TO WEAR TO A WEDDING OR OCCASION
. . . THE DAY OF
Outfit 1: Grey Dress – Found In Store (Love This Khaki Version Too), Cashmere Jumper – Found In Store (Super Similar), Lace Up Heels – Found In Store (Similar Closed-Toe In Nude & Black), Gold Bag, Bracelet, Earrings, Necklace – all Banana Republic
There are a few rules I abide to, when thinking about what to wear to a special occasion – my outfit has to be comfortable and beautiful in equal measures, and something I can see myself wearing outside of a special dress code.
This grey dress from Banana Republic ticks so many boxes for me (I found it in the Regent St store) – I adore spaghetti straps – they are so elegant and show off your shoulders and neck which I always think is one of the most beautiful parts of a woman’s body. The grey colour is a great alternative to the pastel shades we see peppering the shops at this time of year, it’s a subtle statement and can easily be dressed down with ankle boots or sandals in day to day life. I also love this khaki version which has a similar feel.
For the accessories, I like to buy one set of bag and shoes to see me through the season. These suede lace-up sandals are so gorgeous, I’ve loved having them in my office . . . sometimes I’ll get stuck on a piece of work and just pop my head around the computer to stare at them . . . they’re inspiring me! Bonus – they hit that sweet spot between ‘OMG shoes’ and comfort! The holy grail of heels, right?!
I seem to always get stuck on what to wear over my occasion dresses, and so I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. I found a few images of women wearing oversized cashmere jumpers with gorgeous skirts or pretty dresses and I knew I’d found the solution! This dove grey cashmere jumper (again found in the Regent St store) is so deliciously soft, it is the perfect coverup over a pretty dress. I found a similar version online in a Merino Wool mix.
I wore my jumper in a size up, and pushed the sleeves up slightly to add a little extra ‘undone’ finish.
As for jewellery, I am loving a statement bracelet at the moment. This beautiful rope and embellishment version from Banana Republic is just enough sparkle to add something special to my look.
. . . THE DAY AFTER
I LOVE the day after a special occasion, it’s the time when everyone comes together (sometimes feeling a little worse for wear . . . !) to share their memories of the evening before.
For a day-after barbecue, or brunch, I’m taking my cue from the likes of Olivia Palermo and Louise Roe and modernising a traditional dress code. Making an effort doesn’t necessarily mean a dress . . . for me (and you!) it can be a great pair of tailored leather shorts like this pair in a deep Racing Green, and an embellished jumper – a dress code is what you make of it!
This little jumper is a new silhouette for me, I found that the shorter sleeves work really well when worn over a blouse, especially in spring when it can still be a bit chilly.
As the shorts are quite short, I’ve balanced them out with a pair of pointed flats – my absolute favourite flat shoe shape – a great trick for elongating your legs!
Overall, for me, dressing for a special occasion means dressing up your style, not adopting a totally different one for a particular day. If you love a more neutral colour palette, and you don’t do brights, try a grey or even a khaki. I loved wearing these tones as an alternative to my usual pinks I go for, for occasions.
Your wardrobe space is precious so make sure you choose a look you truly love, and which will make you feel as special as the occasion you are attending!
What is your guys’ take? Do you have any questions about special occasion dressing? I’d love to hear from you!
Love, Monica x
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