Style should be lots of fun, but often it can turn into a minefield. From the weather to the type of event, to how you feel about your body, there are so many factors that play into feeling comfortable, on-trend and appropriate for the occasion. After all, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of showing up for something and knowing instantly that you’ve got it wrong. You feel uncomfortable, and then you can’t concentrate on other people and making the most of the experience. Here’s how to get it right:
A Casual Occasion
Casual dressing is the everyday norm for most of us, and to get this area right, its all about quality basics that can be layered up or down depending on the season or where you’re planning to go. Well-fitting denim is your best friend here, because its so easy to dress up or down, depending on what you style it with. Add a floaty camisole top and a pair of classic courts? It’s a great outfit for drinks with friends or a date night. Add box-fresh white kicks and the perfect draped jersey t-shirt? You’re sorted for a chilled Sunday brunch. A selection of long sleeved tops and structured blouses in various colours will serve most casual occasions – whether you’re having a movie night at home or following up those hot gig tickets from The Ticket Merchant. If you want to go a little upmarket, but still retain a bit of a casual vibe, then adding a soft waterfall jacket or blazer can introduce just the right amount of tailoring.
A Formal Event
Formal events can be a bit trickier to get right, but most invitations will contain a bit more instruction about what to expect. Never be afraid to call the host and clarify if you aren’t sure – its much better than getting it completely wrong. You should also take note of the setting and likely weather – for example, a wedding on the beach may work with a floaty maxi dress and flat jewelled sandals, but for a church wedding, you’ll need a more formal dress and jacket, possibly with a small hat or fascinator and heeled shoes. Likewise, an evening city wedding may allow for something slightly more glamorous and revealing. You have to gauge what you know about the occasion in order to modify different elements of your attire. And there are still a few common-sense rules about weddings in particular, such as never wearing white unless explicitly told to by the bride. Find out what colour the bridesmaids are in too and steer away from block shades the same – you should be safe though if you opt for a patterned piece.
Ultimately, what’s appropriate is a matter of comfort – both yours and the other guests. There’s nothing wrong with doing a little research beforehand if you know others attending to find out what they’re planning to wear. Style blogs and Pinterest boards are your best friends for finding modern outfit inspiration and sparking your creative mind.