How to accessorise your social season outfits
As spring heralds the beginning of the social season, we’re already excited about slipping into something a lot more glamorous than our cosy layers of winter clothing. And in our opinion, nothing raises the fashion bar at an important event quite like a special occasion dress. Our essential guide will inspire you to accessorise your outfits for fresh looks with your social season staples.
Whatever style of dress you opt for – and particularly if it’s a much-loved favourite – a little clever accessorising will create a completely new look for your social season outfit which means it can be worn to a whole range of different occasions. Read on to find out how choosing the right accessories to complement your social season dresses will make sure that you are the belle of every ball.
Getting more from your special occasion wardrobe
In recent years, sustainability has become a watchword when making clothing choices and the concept “wear it once and throw it away” has – quite rightly – become increasingly unacceptable. At Artigiano we have always believed in buying well-made garments made from high quality fabrics that will look good for years to come. And of course, if you have a fabulous special occasion dress, it’s even more important to make sure that you get to wear it more than once.
But naturally you still want the wow factor, and never more so that when you are dressing up for a big event. We firmly believe that the key to having the best of both worlds is clever accessorising so that existing outfits can be styled to create a vibrant new look: good for the planet, good for you.
How to choose the best accessories for your social season outfits
So what are the key things you should consider when investing in well-chosen accessories to bring your social season outfits bang up to date? Here are some of our tried and trusted tips for investing in accessories that will be able to keep up with even the busiest social calendar:
- Buy accessories you genuinely love – you have to want to wear them, this year and for years to come. Accessories are often a very cost-effective way to update your style, but they are still a long-term investment.
- Choose accessories that work in harmony with your existing wardrobe and can multi task. Some of the currently on-trend bohemian vintage jewellery is gorgeous with a dress at a smart wedding, but also shines with jeans and a simple t-shirt for an indie-vibe at your local hipster coffee shop.
- Invest in different types of accessories to get the biggest range of looks from your wardrobe. Hats, bags, scarves, jewellery and sunglasses can all be combined in different ways for a fresh take every time
Your key accessories for the social season
The specific accessories that you need depends on the special occasions you have coming up and what you need to complement your existing collection. Here are just a few of the fabulous options that are hot right now:
Hats and fascinators: for a wedding or a day at the races, a stunning hat or fascinator worn with even a relatively simple dress creates a totally different look. A pretty floral frock combined with this season’s hot favourite, a wide-brimmed straw or raffia hat, or an elegantly sculptural fascinator is bound to attract admiring glances.
Bags: if you are a guest at a special event, your go-to bag is an on-trend midi-sized one. More roomy and practical than previous seasons’ micro bags, it’s also so much more convenient at social events than a bulky oversized bag that always gets in the way, or a clutch that you never seem to have quite enough hands for. One of the best things is that many midis also have dual-function straps. This means that you can either wear it as a shoulder bag (which is very practical as it keeps your hands free for a glass of fizz and a canapé), or hold it as a conventional handbag. There are so many material, styles and colours to choose from, it’s easy to find one you love.
Jewellery: big, bold sculptural pieces and delicate, vintage-inspired items of jewellery are both huge trends in 2020. Also keep an eye out for necklaces that double up as bracelets. Hoop and sphere earrings are creating a big splash but are so beautifully elegant and timeless. They will serve you well for years to come.
Shoes: always a brilliant way of giving a new slant to a much-loved outfit. Mix things up according to the occasion and the weather with a capsule collection of classic courts, strappy sandals and elegant wedges. Neutral shades are chic and avoid the danger of looking too “matchy-matchy”. They also have the advantage of being more versatile and can be worn with a larger number of items in your wardrobe. But if you are looking for a bolder, statement colour, the 2020 colour palette is full of vibrant sunset colours, as well as softer natural shades.
Accessorise your 2020 social season outfits with some cleverly-chosen items for a cost-effective and stylish way of updating your look. Whether you’re off to a smart wedding, a day at the races or a glamorous evening out, you know you will look the part. And if you’d like some more inspiration and our latest tips of what to wear the next time you are invited to a wedding, turn to our top picks for the best wedding guest dress options.