This floral ivory dress from Ted Baker would be ideal for a garden party. I think the floaty sleeves and skirt are demure without being ageing. A Royal garden party involves queuing to get into the palace and standing on grass for the party so you’ll want comfortable heels – these ones from Topshop have a square based heel to save you from a sinking stiletto. The whole outfit, including hat hire of this Juliette Botterill headband, costs under £250 which I think is excellent value!
I love this pretty blue silk floral dress from the new collection at Hobbs so I’m glad this follower has given me an excuse to feature it! As investitures are formal ceremonies held indoors I always think a small discreet hat is appropriate to wear. If HM The Queen is awarding the honours she will be wearing a day dress without a hat so I tend to think it’s best not to go too avant garde in the hat department! I’ve always liked the classic simplicity of these Whiteley swirls and they’re a great option if you’re not used to wearing hats. They come in so many different colours too – I’ve chosen an ivory one here as the blue shades don’t quite match this dress. The shoes are a pale grey suede 6 inch heel by Sargasso & Grey– perfect if you want to avoid a high heel. This dress would be beautiful for a whole host of summer season events too – Chelsea flower show, garden parties, Henley, Goodwood – it’s made for an English summer!
This week’s Style SOS centre’s around this navy dress coat from Hobbs owned by a follower who is wearing it to a February wedding. Her dilemma is what to wear underneath. As it’s quite a short dress coat you’d need to wear a mini dress ideally – to ensure the hemline doesn’t show. Goat has some really chic mini dresses that match the 60s vibe of this look – this classic navy one with gold button button details is currently in their sale and would be easy to wear again for other occasions. I’d highlight the gold rim of the buttons in the accessories to stop the outfit looking too blue. I quite like the classic monochrome colour palette here but if you wanted a slightly different look you could add some colour – pink and navy always look nice together.
This is a real pretty tulle black party dress from Maje, embroidered with gold stars. I love the combination of black and gold together and it’s a great option if you’re not so keen on colourful dresses but want to add a bit of Christmas sparkle to the look. I would stick to the gold/black colour scheme in the accessories – there’s lots of star themed accessories around at this time of year so you could mirror this motif in a headband like this one from TopShop and in your earrings to like these ones from Accessorize. Add a classic clutch in black (or you could go for gold). For shoes I think the style of this dress suits a sandal best but the thought of open toes in December makes me freeze! So you could opt for a closed toe sling back or a black/gold court shoe. I’ve pictured a leather sandal with gold interior from Zara which matches quite nicely with the colour scheme.