Whether you are an ‘extra’ at a wedding, that you have been forced to attend or are getting your funk on at a retro disco, this summer occasion wear just got rad. Gone are the ballgowns (sob) and in its place are jumpsuits, co-ords and metallic sci-fi inspired wear. While the usual wedding ettiquite would inspire breathtaking gowns or ornate dresses, Faded Spring has done her research and found 5 key occasion wear trends that are hot this summer, even if you haven’t been ‘lucky enough’ to have been invited to a wedding. So if your idea of an occasion is to go hang out with your guys and gals and get royally pissed, or you are off to the derby (to get royally pissed) or if… well lets face it us Britons like to pissed, so grab your glam rags, a bucket and a spare change of clothes because things are about to get wild ‘up in here’!
1.The Floral Jumpsuit
Florals are always in season, regardless of what time of year it is. I don’t know whether it is because we want to look attractive to bees, who think we are massive flowers and want to impregnate us ( I joke) or because it reminds us of summer, but regardless of the reason, florals are always a safe bet. Instead of reaching for your trusty floral maxi, step up your tailoring game and find a fitted jumpsuit (or in my case find a jumpsuit that is clearly too small for you but you don’t want to get rid of it because its beautiful) that hugs your figure and creates a curvaceous silhouette. Keep accessories to a minimal, to draw focus to the jumpsuit and finish with a winning smile, that you will plaster on your face for the next 8 hours or so.
If you wanna get your floral game on point, then Love The Sales have a great range of floral jumpsuits that features tailored, slouchy, off the shoulder and flared leg options that is guaranteed to get the party started. Plus the great thing about jumpsuits is that they are so easy to dance in and unlike a dress, you wont be flashing your knickers anytime soon. That is unless you do the gangham style Ed Balls Style and rip your trousers. Rookie move my friend.
Best For- your best friends, friends mum’s wedding (No I have no idea what I said either LOL)
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2. The Sequin Slip Dress
While you might not want to look like an auditionee for a ‘Christmas Ad’, sequins look dope all year round. So get your inner mermaid on fleek and sprinkle some sequins (or glitter) into your life and get dancing. The great thing about a ‘slip dress’ is you are probably going to flash your pants, but that’s ok noone will notice because they will be too busy getting stunned by your sparkling sequins, so dance to your little hearts content. Plus haven’t you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a giant human disco ball? Trust me, mama Jasmine (oh here comes my alter ego again… sigh) says a ‘little dancing’ is good for the soul, and she knows a thing or two about dance because she used to be a theatre kid herself. On second thoughts Mama Jasmine, that is actually sound advice.
Best For- Gatecrashing Parties So You Can Be A Human Disco Ball. Or the centre of attention, whatever comes first.
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3. The Beach Party Dress
Chances are, your ready and loaded for a big summer drink sesh, and the only worthy destination is the beach of course. But there are no ballgowns allowed here, after all, unless you want to look like an alien from out of space, beach wear only right? Still I don’t know about you but I am not really fond of showing up to a party in a bikini, unless I was auditioning for Love Island – which I’m not- so a ‘beach party dress’ seems like the next viable option. Go nautical with a striped maxi sundress and pair with some beautiful heeled sandals which are so not practical for the beach. Oh well, come on this is me, I am always overdressed, but that’s ok I like being me. If you want to be sensible(ok semi-sensible) , I have been dying to get my hands on a pair of pom pom sandals and Love The Sales do an amazing variety from retailers like Glamorous, Asos and more. So pair your pom pom sandals with a beach dress of your choosing.
Best For- Hollering At Dem Beach Boys On Your Vacay
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4. The Pretty In Pink Show Stopper
Okay I no I said no ballgowns, but come on, you got to have at less one show stopper in your summer occasion wear wardrobe right? And props to you mama, if its pretty in pink! This summer, pastels reign as supreme as ever, so why not get your hands on this sexy mother f***er of a pink dress and get pulses racing, with its ruched sweetheart neckline and split leg tailoring. Be careful though, you probably wouldn’t want to get drunk in this kind of dress, as satin tends to stain very easily. So go easy on that bottle of red. Luckily I like mojitos so no worries there.
*FYI this dress is now £25 reduced from £60 in the sale. Happy sale shopping
Best For – Looking Expensive, as Todrick Hall would say
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5. The Kinda Appropriate For Summer Look Minus The Jacket
Okay, I know that strictly speaking faux fur is not something you should be rocking in summer. Then again I live in the UK, which is famed for its ridiculously temperamental weather. One minute its cold, next minute its so warm, thus the ‘transitional’ sense of style that I am most commonly associated with influences my ‘occasion wear wardrobe’ too. Shorts and a bodysuit as shown above, are great choices for a clubbing night out, while the shorts mean that you can do the splits, do high kicks or whatever else you can do and not have to explain to your mother, why there are 20 pictures of you on Facebook with your hooh-hah out and you were too drunk to notice. So if you are known for your ‘wild antics ‘ on a night out and are praying for a miracle where you don’t flash yourself to everyone you meet, then get your hands on a pair of sparkly or metallic shorts . You see, you can still look fancy and have a good time. Who said that dreams can’t come true?
Best For- Doing The Can Can, as your friends watch on in amazement. Probably because they are wondering whether you are drunk or just having fun.
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