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What to Wear for the Social Season

Feature: Quick Read
Words by ELEANOR HIBBERD

For those of us who love having a reason to dress up, the summer social season is the highlight of the year. As our calendar fills up with weddings, garden parties, sporting events and black-tie galas, look no further for your guide to being the best-dressed guest.

Woman in bright pink dress

Summer Wedding

Few nuptials have strict dress codes these days, however certain guidelines are non-negotiable. White, ivory and cream are no-goes if you want to stay in the bride’s good books; instead, look to block brights and summery prints. Midi dresses offer a balance of elegance and comfort on a warm summer’s day and are a safe option if you’re not sure how formal to go.

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Alfresco

Here’s your opportunity to go big on ‘tennis whites’. Sporting fixtures like Wimbledon and Henley Regatta invite you to don the crème de la crème of seasonal elegance in the form of ivory summer dresses and loose tailoring, while English-garden florals are best placed for cocktails on the lawn. Wedge heels or chic flats trump stilettos on soft and uneven ground, meanwhile a hands-free crossbody bag will prove worth its weight in strawberries and cream.

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Black-Tie Gala

Summer is eveningwear’s time to shine. With no outer layers to stifle their brilliance, high-octane dresses of every measure – from bold minis to statuesque gowns – come into their own. It’s as much about exuding unapologetic glamour as it is about having fun. After all, it’s not every day that you can wear floor-length Alexander McQueen lace. Enjoy it.

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Summer Eventing

Off to an occasion? Or, perhaps you’re hosting one yourself. Consider this destination your best friend for the coming months.

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