Tuesday 14 July 2015

Summer Style Series: The Formal Outfit

This is the second installment of my Summer Style Series, bringing together outfits for all summer occasions. As summer is typically known as "wedding season", I decided it would be silly not to include a formal outfit. I went for something quite cool and airy, but if you prefer to be a little more covered up then you could always wear a sleeved shirt or jacket and a longer skirt.

Statement necklace - Primark
Cami - Primark
Lace Skirt - New Look
Watch - DKNY
Heels - Shoe Zone*

Working from the top down, I tied my hair up into a ballerina bun to keep it off my face and neck, as my hair is quite long and thick and can get really hot in the summer. Top-knots are so versatile, because you can wear them messy for a casual look or neatly for a more polished finish.

I think Primark is great for statement necklaces because personally I only ever wear them a few times so the quality doesn't matter too much (I'm much more of an understated, simple jewellery person). I love the pastel colours in this one, which bring out the baby pink of my skirt.

My vest is also from Primark, as I originally bought it just to wear on the beach. However, the crochet back detail is so gorgeous that I couldn't resist putting it in this outfit! It may not always be appropriate to wear such a strappy vest at a formal gathering, so you could switch this piece for a white chiffon top or wear a tailored jacket.

I bought this dusty pink lace skirt in New Look a while back, but never found an opportunity to wear it due to not being so confident about my legs. It is a beautiful piece with lovely lace detail and a scalloped hem, so I think I need to get out of my comfort zone and wear it!

My rose gold watch is from DKNY and was a present from my mum for my GCSE results. I wear it everyday anyway but I wanted to mention it because the rose gold complements the pink lace.

The shining star of this outfit, however, has got to be my nude heeled sandals* from Shoe Zone. I have been wearing them practically every day since they were sent to me, whether it be with boyfriend jeans and a loose jersey top or floaty summer dresses. I think a nude heel is an essential staple in any girl's wardrobe, as they are so easy to just slip on and instantly dress up an outfit. I love these in particular as the heel isn't too high so I can actually wear them out and about without being in pain.

Check out the first post in this series (The Casual Outfit) and keep your eyes open for the next which is coming up on Friday!

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