Curated by those in the know, watch our expert guide to event dressing.
Mastering your style starts with knowing who you are – and how you want to feel. So, to help you discover your personal style, uncover modern wardrobe essentials and decipher this season’s trends, David Jones has enlisted the expert eyes of nine stylish industry insiders.
For this instalment of Style Guide, we’re calling on the experienced eye of PR and communications specialist Adam Worling. He’s demystifying the dress code for every event you’re likely to encounter in your social calendar this year.
Essential Styles for Smart Casual Occasions
Smart casual can be one of the trickiest dress codes to decipher. Keep things neat with tailoring in a cool, seasonal neutral colour, pared-back accessories and a sneaker. Or, for a more traditional take on smart casual dressing, a floral button down by Abelard is the perfect way to break up heavier suiting styles.
How to Take Your Look From Boardroom to Bar
When heading straight from work to an event, it pays to have a roster of versatile business-casual pieces at the ready. A three-piece suit by Ted Baker is a clever option for both the boardroom and the bar – just add a waistcoat for instant after-office elevation. Finish the look with simple leather accessories you’ll reach for time and again, like a neutral belt and classic oxford.
Look Sharp When the Invitation Calls For Semi-Formal
Master semi-formal dress codes, like daytime weddings and garden parties, with smart separates that can easily be mixed and matched. Chinos and a linen blazer are a great investment for events like these; they can be dressed up or down with the right accessories. For a comfortable footwear option that still meets the dress code, look to Hush Puppies.
Easy-To-Wear Options for Formal Events
When it comes to formal events, suiting will never go out of style. Stick to navy or darker neutrals and add a touch of flair with your accessories. Think a colourful tie or patterned pocket square. Don’t forget the little touches that will ensure your suit fits perfectly; remove the stitching at the rear of a new jacket and, if possible, have a tailor nip in the waist to accentuate your shape.
Eventwear Essentials for Big Occasions
For bigger occasions, you can’t go wrong with a tuxedo. A classic black look is not only timeless for a gala or ball but can also be introduced into your regular wardrobe rotation – try pairing the jacket with more casual trousers to make the most of this investment piece. Or, in the warmer months, opt for lighter shades like ivory for a summery take on this trend.
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