Event season is upon us, and you are bound to have a wedding, birthday, or celebration already in the diary. These will require you to dress up, and look on trend, so here we have compiled a shortlist of the styles you need to incorporate in your event dressing wardrobe.
Sumptuous, fun, and floaty, chiffon is a summery sheer upgrade on silk. It may perhaps not be something you can pull out for every event, but it will certainly make a statement when you need to. We fantasised over the balletic ensembles under Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut Dior collection, but they key to wearing this trend is that you don’t want tight, and you want to save your modesty, but make a statement, and dare to bare.
It is no hard science that wearing bright colour can lift your mood, and thankfully this season’s colour of choice is yellow, sartorial optimism indeed. It may seem like a tricky colour to wear, especially to suit every skin tone, but think back to Nicole Kidman in her Dior gown at the 1997 Oscars, or Michelle Williams in 2006 wearing Vera Wang, both standouts and super flattering. Just pick the right hue from the spectrum of this sunshine shade.
Florals for the wedding season may not sound ground-breaking, but it is for a reason, as flower prints are just made for summer. This season it is over to the delicate, almost vintage version of bloom, which are far more discreet and chic than the bolder, brighter variety. The pretty floral romanticism was created in compelling forms, from shimmering brocade at Carolina Herrera, to Erdem’s abstract spin.
After seasons of voluminous, figure-shrouding shapes, sculpted and sexy is back. The waist is a time-honoured erogenous zone and courtesy of some savvy waist belt styling, hourglass silhouettes are back in favour. Whether you are creating shape with a belt or corset, the key is to cinch in.
Pretty in Pink
Pink has been rebranded. Once a symbol of dated gender binaries, pink is now the colour of the season, omnipresent on the Spring 2017 runways. From toned-down pastels to electrified berry tones, pink showed up at Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, and Prada, amongst many more. It is a colour you can pull off at the majority of day events in the form of silky culottes, or power suiting as seen at Bottega Veneta, as well as in the form of sequined, satin, or tulle-heavy frocks for evening parties too. It’s a shade you know you will always have fun wearing.
One of the biggest trends of the season, ruffles, like pompoms and fringing, show no sign of abating. Big, small, neat, or in disarray, clean lines have been banished from many a brand’s silhouette, as this season looks set to embrace a more playful, feminine way of dressing. It can be worn in a subtle way, like the delicate waves at Aquazurra, or bold and brave in cascading tiers as seen at Chloe and Erdem. Either way, it is time to ruffle up.
Event dressing can’t be complete without the perfect accessories, and this season it is all about the mini bag. It is time for the clutch to have an upgrade to the mini bag, so now is the time to downsize. You may just be able to squeeze in a lipstick and phone, but it leaves you hands-free to socialise.
The kitten heel is back for the new season, and thankfully it is the most comfortable of heels, making it perfect for staying stylish while on your feet all day and evening. They may be the most ladylike of shoes, but because of their old-fashioned reputation be sure to choose fashion forward colour combinations.