05.11.2015

What's the occasion?

...and other crushing questions to ask while assembling ideal outfits

Words: Cayleigh Bright | Stylist: Mira Leibowitz | Photography: Stefan Snyman 

You've got a busy season ahead: it's the time of year when friends are home for the holidays, pool parties are planned, and there's always something to celebrate. Because budgets aren't limitless and there's no such thing as 'perfect' – just 'beautiful', 'breathtaking' and 'mindblowing' – we've made the mad rush a little more manageable by assembling five key outfits which are as versatile as they are gorgeous. Looking flawless is now the least of your worries, and you can put fun first. 

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When we say “striped suit at the office”, this probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but, well, it should be. Simple, chic and stylish, a co-ord looks cute when worn as a set, can be switched up to pair with other pieces, and just needs the addition of a blazer or standout accessories to change its mood and take it from the office to after-work drinks or the end-of-year Christmas party.

Don’t forget…

Your Instamax. Not only is it an excellent icebreaker, but you’ll also be well-equipped for blackmail for months to come!

Switch it up

Wear the cropped top with high-waisted trousers and chunky heels for a seriously modern look with a 70s-inspired silhouette.

Or just wear this...

Your big night out look, minus the killer heels and tasseled bag. Keep your chunky boots, cutaway boots (or wear the tasseled heels from your pool party look) and add a light jacket and classic black tote.

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Comfortable, hard-wearing and seriously flattering, high-waisted denim shorts are a no-brainer for your festival look. A crocheted top adds some texture, and while suede might not be what you’d expect to wear in summer, you can do it if done right.

Don’t forget…

Your power bank, sunglasses and a hat.

Switch it up

The accessory options are limitless at a festival – just steer clear of the appropriation route (no more war bonnets, please, for crying out loud) and you’re free to experiment with fringing, 90s-inspired reflective metallics, layered jewellery… You name it!

Or just wear this...

Keep the shorts and sneaker boots and pull on a tee instead of the crocheted crop, or switch out the tasseled jacket for the kimono from your pool party look.

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Pull on a pretty, patterned playsuit and you’re pretty much set for any occasion – but it’s fair to say that they’re the season’s favourite update to the tried-and-tested party dress. Just add accessories.

Don’t forget…

Your power bank, and a big phone cover that bounces when dropped and makes your phone impossible to lose.

Switch it up

Want more drama? Pull on a jacket and pile on the accessories. For a night out that's a little more casual, but just as fun, switch out the shoes. 

Or just wear this...

These heels would look just as killer with high-waisted skinnies and a halterneck top, or a simple LBD and the tasseled jacket from your festival look.

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Feel like you’ve got a wedding every weekend? The good news is that dressing for the occasion (by which we mean ‘all of the occasions’) is pretty easy: just invest in a simple pair of accessories that you love – think heels and a classic clutch, in white if you’re going to be wearing a lot of light colours, black if your wardrobe is darker, and tan or another colour if you’re all about trying something new every weekend. Then, wear them with pieces that look the part at the ceremony and the reception, and just as good when they’re worn to non-nuptial-related events. Simple shift dresses, high-waisted trousers with soft blouses and cute co-ords are all winners.

Don’t forget…

The gift! You don’t have to buy the most expensive item on the registry, but take along something to say thanks for a day or night of fun, free meal and dancing included.

Switch it up

We’ve already got this covered, right? Just keep the investment accessories and substitute in your other favourite dresses, playsuits and more when your co-ord needs some time out.

Or just wear this...

Your office and after look, softened with a flowing jacket, a pretty clutch bag and subtle, classic earrings. Remember that wearing white to a wedding is traditionally a no-go, so if the wedding is pretty traditional this isn’t the look for you – but that rule is generally in place so that you and the bride don’t end up twinning on her big day. As she’s probably not going to be in a striped playsuit, we think you’re good to go.

 

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Looking cool by the pool is easiest in various shades of aqua-inspired colour, from deep blue to turquoise and neons. This look is all about the free-flowing silhouette of the wrap contrasted with the structured style of the swimsuit. 

Don’t forget…

Your inflatable swan, donut or pizza slice, obviously.

Switch it up

Anything goes poolside, so kick back with your favourite styles – whether that means a classic black one-piece and tortoiseshell sunnies or reflective shades with sports-inspired style. Plus, thanks to the fact that the fashion world's loving clashing patterns this season, you'll be bang-on-trend in just about any busy swimsuit with this kimono.

Or just wear this...

Pull on the shorts from your wedding look, then add a cropped tee and white low top sneakers. Good to go!