I’ve mentioned before that shopping for occasion wear can be a bit of a nightmare. There tends to be three options: dressing like a pair of curtains, looking like you’ve fallen out of a night club or having to spend all of your wages on one outfit that you’ll never wear again. I decided that enough was enough! So this year I started thinking outside the box with occasion wear. I’ve already raved about my perfect Topshop summer dress, but I have another option up my sleeve. A midi skirt and crop top combo that I’m loving. It’s on trend and you can dress each item up or down and well and truly get your moneys worth.
Midi skirts have been in for a while now and I couldn’t be any happier about it! They are such a versatile item, which are perfect for the office, for drinks as well as a smarter affairs. Plus they have that all important swish factor! This midi skirt is from New Look. I can’t remember when I bought it but I’ve worn it to death. What I really love about it is the sheer material at the bottom which makes it a little less modest and more fashiony. Plus the elastic waist and the way it flares out hide a multitude of sins. Which it’s perfect if you want to pig out, or have digestive issues like me.
The thinking outside the box part really came into play with the top. I have it in both black and white, yet on paper it’s not something I’d normally reach for! It’s the kind of crop top that you can wear without flashing too much skin. The cold shoulder and the frills give a nod to this season too. I think it was around £10 from Zara, so it was a bit of a bargain. It’s made from a ribbed t-shirt material which makes it really comfortable too. It’s really not something that screamed occasion wear when I looked at it on the hanger, but that’s the beauty of it.
Throw the two together with a pair of heels (Marks and Spencer) and a clutch (Accessorize, similar) and you look both put together and on trend. Or at least I hope I do! It would have looked a million times better if I’d have done my hair or popped on a fascinator, but I already felt like a bit of a prick prancing around in public!
When it comes to thinking outside the box with occasion wear the key is to look for classic items with seasonal twists in the non occasion wear section, or shops. By avoiding those sections you’ll find something a little more you that’s a whole lot lighter on the wallet! At the end of the day, all that matter is that you feel comfortable, confident and don’t spend the whole event worrying about how much you’ve spent on a dress you won’t wear again.
Now I have my events wardrobe sorted, it’s time to work on my holiday wardrobe!
Photos by Laura Stafford Smith at Pulls Ferry in Norwich