Thursday, 20 June 2013

Going to the Chapel...

So you may not be getting married this summer, and for that matter you may not even be going to a chapel of any kind. But what is far more likely is that you will have to attend at least one event this summer where you will be expected to take off  your flip flops and jean shorts, and actually look presentable. And I mean presentable presentable. Like presentable to your grandmother presentable. Not like "at work on a Tuesday and who cares if I wore the same pants on Friday" presentable. Real presentable.

What makes dressing for summer events difficult is contending with the elements. Wind, rain, heat, sun, lack of sun- and that's just the cocktail hour. Depending on what your attending, dressing for the elements is just as hard to decipher as what exactly "resort wear chic" listed on the invitation actually means. But not only that, dressing to impress is just as difficult. Heaven help you if you show up wearing the same thing as someone else! *shivers* But, that is why we are here to help!

If you're a lady, and not the center of attention (and not even in the periphery of attention) are are attending a function where pants just won't do, you may opt to up the cool-factor and don a little denim, or play with the asymmetrical appeal of the high-low skirt.

Jacket and floral dress; Bryan's Fashions 

Asymmetrical high-low dress; Bryan's Fashions 

If eyes are going to be on you on the big day (family pictures, a speech, a toast etc.) and the dress code is seemingly formal, then you make want to up the ante and go with a more glamours cocktail dress (ie. buy the one with the shiny things attached.) 

Intricate lace number; Le Chateau

Frilly and fabulous; Bryans Fashions 

What you should never be afraid of, when attending a function like a wedding or graduation, is the possibility of standing out. However you want it to be for the right reasons. Wow those around you by daring to try something different. Step outside the box. Play with pattern, colour, shape and style

Be bold in a bright patterned full skirt; Bryan's Fashions 

Go long! Gown style summer dress; RW& Co. 

For gentlemen the monotony of the suit and tie, especially in the summer, increases the possibility of fatigue. The same old black suit just won't cut it anymore. Not when there are opportunity to join the Technicolor world at large. Whether it be a statement or a nod, the formal fashion dictates that colour is our friend. 

Go big, or go home! A red blazer says it all; Le Chateau 

 A neon surprise; Le Ch√Ęteau 

Hey- grey is still a colour and a bunch of shades of doesn't sound too bad; RW & Co.

Maybe you want to go super casual? Coloured linen is your friend; RW & Co. 

So, there you have it! Every option for every summer occasion imaginable! Now, if the guest list to each event provides no crossover- you can just buy one! But what fun is that? 

Have an occasion coming up and don't know what to wear? Hit the comments below! 

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