Whether you’re throwing a garden party, celebrating a birthday or dining with friends, we have the perfect occasion pieces for you and your family
Let’s hear it for the printed midi dress – easy to wear, ultra-flattering and bang on trend for summer 2021, it’s what we consider a wardrobe ‘triple threat’. Earn additional style points by opting for a party dress featuring this season’s most-wanted details: think polka dots, puff sleeves, broderie anglaise, square necklines, ruffles and smocking. Not just for birthday bashes, a fancy frock will ensure you are the best-dressed wedding guest at any formal events in your calendar, too.
This year’s sartorial mood is one of seizing the moment – so instead of saving your prettiest summer dresses ‘for best’, team them with flat sandals and trainers and wear on high-rotation throughout the warmer months. Try the mini-me approach via our latest collaboration with Ghost for a standout look for kids’ parties (top tip: it makes it easy to identify your little ones amid the melee). Keep a lightweight jacket or elegant blanket wrap to hand for chilly evening events.
Not a fan of dresses? We hear you. Try a brightly coloured trouser or shorts suit instead.
If there’s an item in your wardrobe that says ‘off-duty’, it’s the sunshine-ready short-sleeve shirt. Taking inspiration from the golden age of the holiday shirt of the 1950s and 1960s, the boxy revere-collar shirt (or bowling shirt) looks best paired with chino shorts or cargo trousers and a pair of vintage-inspired sunglasses. The ideal party shirt for a garden party, night on the town or stag weekend, a floral shirt in an airy material will keep you cool when dusting off your dance moves (after all, it’s been a while…) or participating in party games. Don’t miss our eye-catching geometric-print linen-blend shirts from Autograph that also come in big and tall sizes.
Children love to get dressed up in something special, whether they are celebrating their birthday or attending a family party. The secret to kids’ partywear is balancing style with comfort to enable them to run, skip and play to their heart’s content – try pairing a fancy floral dress with a pair of riptape sandals, or team a mini-me printed shirt with shorts and trainers for a high-low mix that works for active kids.
Bright colour instantly signals fun so embrace rainbow shades, like a sunny yellow sleeveless dress or pale pink chinos to make a change from sober grey school trousers. Playful accessories add the final flourish. Take your pick from cute kids’ sunglasses in sweet shapes to tie-dye bucket hats for outdoor parties and picnics in the park.
Words: Dulcie Emerson