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Ready to embrace the return of party season? Us too. For a calendar full of invites, here’s our edit of the very best dresses for every type of occasion – and how to get your make-up on point, too

The floral-print dress that’s a fashion failsafe

A floral-print dress is a pretty choice for a spring or summer wedding, perfectly complementing country house, marquee or beach settings. When selecting a patterned dress, consider styles that will work beyond the wedding season for maximum cost-per-wear value. Choose a flattering graphic style with gathered sleeves to tap into the season’s whimsical mood, like this dreamy midi dress, and add a pair of sleek sandals to ground the look. (Wedges and flatforms work well for lawn receptions)

A wedding can be a magical occasion, but is often an all-day affair, so make sure that your make-up can go the distance. Try Clinique’s Even Better serum foundation with SPF20 to stay protected during sunny outdoor receptions and make your lip colour last longer by choosing a lipstick that has a built-in primer.

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The stylish shift dress

Stand out from the crowd in a minimalist shift dress that bucks the trend for OTT sleeves, frills and patterns. Ideal for petite women who feel overwhelmed in voluminous dresses, this pared-back style looks just as smart when teamed with mules or kitten heels

Throw a slouchy blazer or pretty cardigan over the top to keep warm when hobnobbing outside the register office and keep a pair of ballet pumps in your shoulder bag in case walking is required.

Want to channel a nineties-inspired fresh-faced glow à la Kate Moss? Keep make-up to a minimum and mix together Clinique’s Moisture Surge 100H and Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight and apply to cheekbones, temples and the bridge of your nose for a healthy-looking all-day glow.

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The cocktail dress that’s perfect for evening weddings

If your invite is for the evening do only and not the official ceremony, the dress code could go either way, so check with the host to see if they’ll be expecting you to rock up in black tie or smart-casual before committing to your outfit. A failsafe midi dress is comfy, flattering and easily dressed up or down. Whether you choose a formal dress, a wrap dress or a shirt dress, a midi will easily earn its bread and butter in your post-party wardrobe.

Upgrading your make-up for evening can seem daunting if your daily go-to is a quick flick of mascara. Investing in a coordinating eyeshadow palette is the easiest way to ramp up your look. Filled with shades that can be layered together for maximum impact, Clinique’s All About Shadow Quad palette comes with foolproof how-to advice to achieve the perfect look. 

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Words: Dulcie Emerson and Sarah Lafarge