Occasionwear, the word that fills me with dread every summer. Fascinators, florals, taffeta and chartreuse spring to mind – none of which are really my thing.
And to be honest, Phase Eight tends to fall into this category with me…but after trying this jumpsuit – I might have changed my mind.
I’ve always been more of a jumpsuit kind of girl, anyway. And this, for me, is the perfect occasionwear outfit – a little more cool than flounce and I think it just might be the most flattering all in one I’ve ever tried on.
There are no right or wrongs when it comes to occasion dressing (in my opinion) and here are a few tips I’d give as a stylist:
DO look for separates. I sometimes think we’ve been conditioned to think that occasionwear must mean dresses. but a beautiful blouse and trousers/skirt could do just as well (a friend wore a trouser suit to my wedding and she looked fabulous).
You DON’T have to leave your comfort zone, if you don’t want to. Whilst full on black or white is still frowned upon at weddings (not in my circles), if it’s not in your nature to do bright colour, don’t feel pressured to do so. Monochrome with a dash of colour in your accessories is more than enough of a nod to the occasionwear dress code.
DO look for fun accessories to jazz up something you might already have. You don’t have to have something new for every event. Nine times out of ten, I wear an old dress but spruced with some recent shoe purchases.
Skyscraper heels optional….(these are old velvet favourites from Topshop).
I’ve rounded up a few shoppable bits below, for a less formal approach to formal wear…