The summer seems to bring with it a deluge of invites to events that need something a little bit more than your usual go-to black dress. Whether it’s weddings, the races, special birthdays, we’ve scoured the web to find some fabulous outfits that not only will make you stand out from the crowd, but that you can also wear again.
No more shelling out pounds on a frock that just sits gathering dust in your wardrobe – all these outfits can be worn throughout the summer, or with a smattering of different accessories, to your next major event.
Go bright – or go home…
Summer is the time for wearing bright, happy colours. Damn it, if the sun isn’t going to shine, at least you are!
All these dresses would work well on your summer holiday as well – just add a pair of flat sandals and you’ll be good to go.
Ditch the dress!
If you don’t normally like wearing dresses, you don’t need to start when it comes to a special event. Pastel suits are so on trend and jumpsuits aren’t going anywhere.
You’ll get loads of mileage out of all these outfits post-occasion. The suit can be mixed and matched with everything in your wardrobe, while jumpsuits look great with a blazer flung over the top for the office.
Nothing says a summer occasion like a lovely floral print – especially if you have a lovely country shindig to go to. If flowers are not your thing, thankfully animal prints are going no-where and these look super chic teamed with neutral accessories.
Team your printed dress with trainers and a denim jacket and you’re sorted for any less formal summer soirees.
Not everyone likes colour or floral prints, but thankfully black and white never goes out of style and looks super classy. It also makes it super easy to accessorise. Black sandals and a black bag, which let’s face it, you’ve probably already got, and you’re good to go.
Black and white will never go out of style so even if you do spend big on one of these frocks, you’ll be able to wear it for years to come.
The problem with dresses is that once you’ve worn them to one event, it feels a bit ‘samey’ to wear them to another. This is where a skirt and top come into their element. You can mix and match to your heart’s content – swapping up tops and jackets – and after the event, they’ll slip seamlessly into your wardrobe.
All of the skirts below will look fabulous mixed with a t-shirt and trainers or sandals – easy summer dressing.