THE OCCASION DRESS STYLE GUIDE

Diary filling up with weddings, race days and summer soirées? Our guide will help you find the perfect occasion dress, whatever the event.

SHOP OCCASION DRESSES

Diary filling up with weddings, race days and summer soirées? Our guide will help you find the perfect occasion dress, whatever the event.

SHOP OCCASION DRESSES

Pink embellished occasion dress with a matching pink jacket by Hobbs.

THE WEDDING

If you're looking for a mother of the bride or groom outfit, a matching two piece will bring gravitas to the occasion as you proudly watch them say 'I do'. Not in the bridal party? Invest in a wedding guest dress that will turn heads for all the right reasons, like one in a striking floral print or on-trend colour. While a jumpsuit is a chic alternative if you're not a dress person.

White occasion dress and navy occasion dress with matching fascinators by Hobbs.

THE RACES

Consider race day a chance to wear your finest outfit. A long sleeved dress will ensure you meet the style etiquette of every racecourse, from Epsom to Ascot. Match with a sleek jacket in case of changeable weather and mid-high heels or court shoes for all-day comfort. Lastly, the most important accessory of all? A standout hat or fascinator.

Women's trouser suit in white worn with light blue shirt and dark navy clutch by Hobbs.

THE TOURNAMENT

Heading to a tennis match? Be all set for a day of courtside excitement in a white fit and flare dress or trouser suit. Synonymous with Wimbledon, there's something so stylish about wearing this cool hue head-to-toe. To keep it looking fresh and modern, wear with tonal pieces, such as a pale blue or navy clutch bag and heeled sandals.

Midi length fit and flare dress in blue with a white clutch by Hobbs.

THE REGATTA

Days by the river call for a refined approach to event dressing. Think smart dresses in timeless navy or cobalt shades to capture the nautical mood of the day. The right footwear is key – choose block heel sandals or wedge espadrilles to navigate grassy riverbanks with ease. Finally, a wide brim hat will add a jaunty touch.

Satin fit and flare dress in pale blue and a pink midi length dress with floral details by Hobbs.

THE GARDEN PARTY

For al fresco parties, take your cue from nature. Look to beautiful blooms for hues that will make an impact long after sunset – think dusky pink or soft blue. This is the occasion to try more contemporary silhouettes too, like a midi length or tiered ruffle hem. Simply pair with lawn-friendly espadrille sandals for a chic yet carefree look.

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