Makeover 6 – Three Ways to Wear a Summer Occasion Dress

There are soooooooooooooo many gaw-geous occasion dresses on the Very site (and not enough events to go to, for me that is!) that I just had to write a blog post on them and I got a bit of the verbal diarrhoea, I just couldn’t stop gushing about them.  So I was very pleased when the word came for me do makeover 6 (six? SIX?? That means there’s only two more to go, boo hoo!) on occasion dresses because most of you will be going to at least one event this summer whether it’s a wedding, a christening, the races (and I know how much you ladies up north lurve a day at the races – I’ve seen the photos!) or a swanky big O birthday (as in 30, 40, 50, 60 etc). What I wanted to do in this makeover is show you all how one fabulous dress can be styled in three different ways for maximum usage and minimum cost. As we like to say at Very, it’s Chiconomics!

Suzi and I met up with the lovely Kayleigh on a very rainy morning in Greenwich, South London. Kayleigh was a bit self conscious stripping down to her undies in front of us after having three kids but she had nothing to worry about. Every single woman in the world has their lumps and bumps and bits they don’t like…and that, in my opinion, is why clothing was invented. So we can artfully drape, skim and cling fabric to our bods and look fabulous at the same time.

The favourite dress from the try on sesh was a curvalicious Holly Willoughby Short Sleeve Cocktail Dress. Divine colour, sexy neckline, a style that can be dressed up and down, fabric that skims from the waist down and with short sleeves for that bit of upper arm coverage. It looked absolutely beautiful on Kayleigh.  We decided to go for nude accessories.  Nude is a much fresher accent colour than black and this light tone works wonderfully in summer outfits. We brought in some animal patterns with the straw Animal Trim Wide Brim Hat and the skinny natural coloured Snake Print Belt drew attention to Kayleigh’s sculpted waist.  The raffia heels of the Love Label Parrot Peep Toe Court Shoes complemented the hat and the red, pink and orange tones clashed beautifully with the dress. A nude Mischa Barton Lincoln Hobo Bag finished off this outfit. It’s the perfect look for summer events in the countryside.

For the second look we wanted to think about summer occasions in the city so we went for clean, sharp lines in the bag and shoes. The Oversized Front Lock Clutch in black is a strong statement bag and is big enough for all those essentials. I adored the Love Label Copa Cuffed High Heeled Sandals. The gold block heel is so ontrend and the colour blocking makes these a very versatile pair of shoes as they’ll go with many, many outfits. The look was finished with a Lipsy Beaded Bow Headband to keep it soft and girly.

Finally we wanted something very glamorous in a 1940’s screen siren Dita Von Tease kinda way. Kayleigh’s hair was swept back into a gorgeous chignon, her eye make up was darkened and she wore a strong red lip colour. The new hair and make up gave us a beautiful ‘canvas’ for the Jacques Vert Fascinator. Fascinators by nature are quite detailed and some could say fussy so it’s crucial to give them some space so they are not fighting for attention with big hair ( which is where a lot of women make mistakes with fascinators – they keep their same going out hairdo). The texture of the pink flower in the fascinator was complemented in the cute Satin Textured Petal Clutch and the Teatro Partridge Metallic Heel Sandals added some more high octane glamour. Kayleigh loved this look and said she would definitely be wearing it for a summer christening where she is godmother. An honourable job like that demands a dramatic, ‘look at me’ outfit.

And there you have it – one dress and three looks that’ll take you from city to country and day to night whatever the occasion.

Love Kirsty x

24th May 2012
Written by Very_Lauren