Three events you're likely to attend, this summer and the three looks you need to pull off
Words: Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | Photography: Glen Montgomery | Stylist: Mandy Nash
“There’s a time and place for everything” – it’s a cliché because it’s true. One of the most careless style mistakes commonly made is the one-size-fits-all approach to dressing for events in summer. Believe it or not, you can’t fake it ‘til you make it in a body con and strappy heels everywhere you go. So let’s break it down like this...
Girls' Night Out
The Beyoncé of party times; not only are they the best to dress up for, but girls’ nights out make for the most epic stories and memories that should be laced with even better style moments. It's all about maximum impact. The ultimate cheat code to style for a night out on the town is showing leg and pulling out those heels that push your comfort to its limits. The confidence boost not only gives you an instant strut, but you might be on your best Victoria’s Secret Angel behaviour all night.
Of all summer festivities, festival dressing probably needs to be the most comfortable and functional. You’re out in the sun all day and then need to transition into the night, and the last thing you need is to have small irritations and malfunctions getting in the way of your fun. So keeping it casual and understanding that accessories are your real style instruments here is always the smart choice to make. Stick to statement sunglasses and earrings, and give your sling bag the bum bag treatment to add a fashion-forward twist you probably won’t see on many other festival-goers.
Year-end Office Party
This is the trickiest one of them all; you want to look amazing, but you need to maintain an air of professionalism still. This is the look that’s meant to impress your bosses and colleagues, yet give you enough freedom to not be as stiff as you might be during office hours. Let’s be real, no matter how “woke” we may be these days, respectability politics based on dress code are still real AF, and the last thing you need is to have people’s prejudice stunt your career growth in the new year. So, this is where you pay careful attention to cut and proportion: if the hem is high, let the sleeves be long, if the neckline dips, throw on a blazer to draw attention to your shoulders. Yes, it is a social setting, but you’re definitely still “power dressing”, babes.