WHAT: Event dressing doesn’t have to mean a dress – why not try smart separates instead?
WHY IT WORKS: First, if you’re shelling out for a great outfit, you get more bang for your buck by investing in separates you’ll wear again. Secondly, both pieces have on-trend appeal, but are still classic enough to create a sophisticated finish – just add soft blush accessories to tie the look together.
WHAT: A statement red dress is on trend for every age.
WHY IT WORKS: A relaxed floral dress is a safe bet for a glamorous wedding look, and this floaty LK Bennett style ticks the comfort box too. The tie-front detail will smooth your silhouette, whilst on-trend raffia accessories bring the look up to date without looking like you're trying to look like your daughter.
WHAT: Beulah is the Brit label making glamorous day-to-night dresses the fashion crowd loves; put a grown-up spin on the look by adding a tailored jacket.
WHY IT WORKS: This look is the perfect fashion-classic hybrid, combining all the tropes of a traditional summer season outfit (sensible heels, statement hat, smart coat) with a more fashion-forward dress. However, a high-neckline, appropriate hem length and flatting flute sleeves still make it a win.
WHAT: Who said you have to wear pastels? Try a polka dot dress with black accessories for a soft but alternative approach.
WHY IT WORKS: This DVF dress may show off some arm, but an A-line fit and tie-waist detail create the most flattering of proportions regardless. The best thing about the return of the kitten heel is its practical side – you’ll be comfy all day – whilst sticking to monochrome gives you a chic but cool edge.
WHAT: Romantic, floaty pieces not your thing? Take the conventional route in a more structured style.
WHY IT WORKS: A shift dress is an obvious choice, and this Phase Eight dress is a bit of a classic. Sling backs, great earrings and a statement hat add a much-needed dose of glamour.