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Outfits For A Special Occasion & WIWT Keeping It Simples With Monochrome

Morning ladies it's that time of year when invites for special occasions can start arriving & this year I've got two occasions this summer where I need a special outfit.  Not only have I got my nephew's christening to look forward to, I'm also out with the girls for our second year celebrating Ladies Day for Royal Ascot.  Last year we were lucky enough to have an event in the village that required us to dress up in our finery but meant we could stumble home.  This year unfortunately the event isn't being held (we're hoping it's not down to the amount of prosecco we drank!!) so it's meant we're going slightly further afield to a hotel & spa that are holding a similar event & requires us to dress up.

So ideally I'm looking for one outfit that I can wear to both occasions that will cover all weather eventualities & is also clothing that can be reused for future occasions to.

I'm sure some of you will also be looking at outfits for a similar occasion so I thought I'd feature some of my top picks & show you how I'd style them in the hope it gives you & me some inspiration of what we want to wear.

After lots of trawling through the internet I've come up with 13 different looks, some that can easily be dressed up or down, some that can be layered with a jacket if the weather isn't great & some that are less dressy than others for more casual occasions.  Plus I've selected some trouser options too for those who prefer trousers over a skirt/dress as well as separates to allow you more flexibility.

So let's get cracking with my looks.

Look 3, My Midlife Fashion, Whistles Amelia Lace Dress, Mint Velvet Haven Cut Out Court Shoes, Hoxalls Heather Crin and Flower Fascinator,  jacques Vert rose trim Clutch

Hopefully if you're on the lookout for something for a special occasion this season there's something above to tempt you or perhaps even see how an existing piece in your wardrobe could be incorporated into a special look.  I'm still unsure what I'm going to be wearing but may have ordered several of the pieces above to give them a try.  My first event is on the 16th of June so I need to get planning.

Back to today & I'm keeping things nice & simple with monochrome & a breton.

My Midlife Fashion, breton, monochrome, stripes, H and M striped t shirt, zara cropped distressed jeans, mango cuff bracelet, pointed studded ghillie shoes

Breton - H&M
Belt - House of Fraser
Cuff - Mango
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Zara

Monochrome, My Midlife Fashion, Shop My Style, John Lewis Zip Detail Breton style top, mango skinny cropped jandri jeans, mango rigid bracelet, office Dilly two part ankle strap two part pumps

Breton - John Lewis £25
Cuff - Mango £9.99
Jeans - Mango £29.99
Shoes - Office £70

So anyone else in the outfit planning stage for a special occasion this summer?  If so do you know what look you're going for?  Perhaps you've already got everything planned & ready to wear?  Or maybe today's post has given you inspiration.  As always I'd love to hear your thoughts.  

Also don't forget it's the last day to get 20% off at French Connection, you can see my top picks here as well as Boden's last day for another Boden 20% off everything plus an extra 20% off clearance as well as free delivery & returns.  Click here to get shopping & use code 2K7U at checkout.  Plus you can get 20% off at Baukjen, click here & using code CHIC20.  And finally Cloggs have got up to 40% off in their mid season sale including the stunning Hudson boots I recently reviewed (see here), which are available in 4 great colours, click here to grab a bargain.

Enjoy your Sunday & I'll see you tomorrow.

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  1. Oh Jane such gorgeous ideas. Thank you so much for putting all these together. Now to the shops. ....

    1. Glad you like them Jo...happy shopping & I'd love to hear what look you go with.
      Jane xx

  2. Some lovely looks Jane, I need to start looking for the two weddings I've go this year, some ideas for me ...thanks..x

    1. Ooh you lucky thing to have two weddings to look forward to. They're always such special occasions to be invited to aren't they.
      Enjoy your outfit planning.
      Jane xx


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