Whether it’s a summer gala or an elegant garden party, be the belle of the ball in summer occasion wear.
When the garden is in full bloom you can rival the overflowing flower beds by wearing statement florals of your own. This season’s extrovert prints are a match made in heaven for outdoor occasions, and look the part whether paired with a tailored shift dress or a flowing prairie style. Make a splash in bright or neon colours for a bold evening event, or pick pretty pastels and coral shades to delight during the daytime.
When the heat is up, white and cream pieces come into their own. An all-white ensemble – very The Great Gatsby – will look wonderful against a manicured lawn and is totally on-brand if you’re invited to play a quick game of croquet or boules. Crisp embroidered cotton or lace is always chic, or pick a modish metallic to make an effortless day-to-night transition. Choose a dress with a full skirt and cinched-in waist or a draped jumpsuit for maximum movement, be it wielding a croquet mallet or dancing the night away.
Lawns aren’t always the easiest surface to navigate when you’ve a glass of Pimm’s in one hand and a canapé in the other. This season’s wedge espadrilles are a summer style that offers that rarest of combinations – elevation and comfort. Skimpy sandals are equally easy to wear and look wonderful with whatever length of dress you choose, while mules work well with shorter styles.
This season’s tailoring renaissance is also great news for men, with plenty of options whatever the occasion. For a garden party choose a suit or jacket with a relaxed cut – perhaps an unstructured linen suit with minimal lining for casual cool. If the event calls for a smarter look, pick a blended fabric that will hold its shape. A silk suit is the last word in style and comfort, while a heavy weave canvas twill gives masculine rugged texture to a formal look. Simple leather or suede loafers make a great accompaniment to the summer suit – worn ankle length, sans socks, for relaxed and summery style.