Choosing the perfect occasion dress

What’s wonderful about a summer occasion is all that light ’til late at night. Great if you’ve got a new outfit nailed to perfection ‘cos everyone is going to admire it in all it’s daylight glory. If an empty purse requires you to wear something from a couple of seasons ago no problem. Do get it out a week or so before the event and see if it needs dry cleaning while there’s still time cos you ain’t going to be hiding any stains and marks by the glare of daylight. You can treat yourself to some jewellery or a scarf or shoes (or borrow them from a stylish friend) and your outfit will feel brand new again. If you do have the funds for a new outfit then read on and see what delectable dresses I’ve found on the Very site.

Florals are still big and the print placing on this South Structured Floral Print Dress  is gorgeous. Choose your shoes and bag in one of the highlight colours. Orange? Pink? Both will look great or go yellow like the belt.

Light coloured lace is another summer winner. The South Lace Dress with lovely bow detail on the waistband is demure and sexy at the same time.  The Diana Vickers Mesh Parrot Print Prom Dress  is very pretty and girly. Perfect for spring and summer weddings.

If you want to take it long then go for something that’s not too glitzy and sparkly by daylight. This Teatro Floral Maxi Occasion Dress gets the balance between day and night just right and will work best with flat metallic sandals.

For something more sleek and sophisticated look no further than the Fever Kate Dress. It can be dressed up beautifully with some statement jewellery or a belt. Avoid anything fussy and delicate. Big and bold works best with this style of dress.

The Teatro Frill Sleeve Pencil Dress has soft, fluted sleeves which give great upper arm coverage and make it very flattering for those 0h so common bingo wings. If only I could be bothered to do those upper arm exercises.

For a quirky day at the races look choose Fearne Cotton Floral vintage Dress. The 50’s style funnel neck is super chic and unique. Carry a hard box style handbag.

The Lipsy Sleeveless Peplum Dress is bang on trend for all you fashion savvy Very shoppers. Plus, the AW12 catwalks are awash with peplums so you’ll be way ahead in the fashion stakes.

It doesn’t even have to be a dress for a smart summer occasion. Separates are so very now. Go for the South Trophy Jacket in gold sequins and wear a Love Label Lace Vest in cream underneath with South High Waisted Button Trousers. An embellished top like the Lipsy Beaded Chiffon Top will also look beautiful with these trousers and without a jacket (if it’s warm enough) . Very 1920’s Great Gatsby.

The British tradition with summer weddings and the races is for women to plonk a hat on top of a gorgeous outfit and potentially ruin it. I find a lot of  hats and fascinators looking a bit tired and erm, old hat. Treat yourself to a sleek wash and blow dry instead.

Have a fun day whatever you do.

Love Kirsty x

22nd April 2012
Written by Very_Lauren