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Midlife Loves

Special Occasion Wear + WIW

my midlife fashion, house of fraser, occasion wear, issa felicity feather flower clip, phase eight andrea stripe dress, ophelia flower trim clutch bag, steve madden vertigo sm high stiletto court shoes, vixen milinery small loop and feather hat on band, issa olivia deep v maxi dress, dune bonie fold over clutch bag, dune madalenna cross strap mid heel sandals, issa annie pillbox, linea petra plain swing dress,  biana heart clasp clutch bag, dune monnrow strappy mid heel sandals, suanne bettley feather flowers and curl sinamy hat on band, chi chi london lace panel dip hem dress, dune estella embellished clasp clutch bag, michael kors mk flex small heeled pumps

Morning ladies it's that time of year again where wedding season is truly on us & if you're lucky enough to have been invited to a wedding or planning a day out at the races then it's time to start thinking about what we're going to wear.  

I don't know about you but I love the opportunity to dress up so I'm delighted this year I've got a few occasions that call for something special & the excuse to drag out the gladrags.  The first being ladies day, which you may recall I along with a group of friends celebrate by attending a local hotel that broadcasts the races & allows betting as well as laying on a fantastic lunch so we don't actually have the hassle of travelling to Ascot or the worry about the weather but get to experience all the fun bits :-)  This year will be our 4th year & we're planning on celebrating it back where we started at our village club, so no mad transport needed (we've had a pink fire engine & the 'A' Team van in previous years) & instead we're in stumbling/crawling distance!  But that doesn't mean we won't be dressing up to the nines.  So for this month's post in collaboration with House of Fraser I thought we'd take a look at their occasion wear.  

my midlife fashion, house of fraser occasionwear, chesca sinamay bow and feather band fascinator, adrianna papell sleeveless high low dress, issa box clutch bag, dune mayda mesh scallop sandals, chesca feather flower teardrop hatinator, damsel in a dress carrera frill tunic dress, la bante starling cross body bag, dune mayda mesh scallop sandals, suzanne bettley metallic dipped headpiece with crystal detail, issa isablla satin dip hem dress, miss kg tiffany clutch bag, dune mirror two part mid heeled sandals, chesca felt veil hat, eliza j one shoulder ruffle side maxi dress, issa box clutch bag, dune maribelle double cross strap mid heel sandals

As you can see from the outfits I've put together I've chosen to focus on dresses as they're so simple & easy to wear & of course if you have a plain number, in particular in a neutral colour such as black or navy then with a change of accessories they can easily be worn for several occasions.  Some dresses are even perfect for dressing for a black tie event as much as they are for a special day occasion.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser occasionwear, issa emma crin cloud fascinator, chi chi london midi panelled dress, issa sofia box clutch, steve madden daisiee sm point toe court shoes, phase eight sammy small disc fascinator, phase eight sandrine floral wrap tie dress, phase eight abi fold over suede clutch bag, l k bennett flossie open courts, suzanne bettley bow and coques detail fascinator on band, little mistress lace bodycon dress, roland cartier boxy textured box clutch bag, ted baker dahrlin mid heel court shoes, issa frances hat,  phase eight daley drape dress, phase eight minnie satin clutch bag, paradox london pink adaline mid heel stiletto court shoes

Sandrine Floral Wrap Tie Dress
Abi Fold Over Suede Clutch Bag
Flossie Open Courts

Bow & Coques Detail Fascinator On Band
Lace Bodycon Dress
Boxy Textured Box Clutch Bag
Dahrlin Mid Heel Court Shoes

Frances Hat
Daley Drape Dress
Minnie Satin Clutch Bag
Pink Adaline Mid Heel Stiletto Court Shoes

I don't know about you but if there's an excuse for wearing a hat then I jump at the chance as it's rare to get the opportunity to pull out all the glamour stakes & I for one am going to seize every opportunity.  After all life is too short & there are so many designs.  Plus of course now fascinators or hats on bands are so popular it's even easier to find something to suit & they're so incredibly light & easy to wear.

my midlife fashion, house of fraser occasionwear, vixen millinery small loop & feather hat on band, adiranna papell one shoulder beaded waist long gown, caravela arabella clutch bag, paradox london pink marina glitter and mesh sandals, coast amedee fascinator, little mistress high neck strappy maxi dress, issa lucia leather clutch, carvela kaller sandals, vixen millinery floral and feather netted hat on band, jarlo bardot rylee midi dress, roland cartier bailee ruched clutch bag, dune courtnee strap kitten  heel court shoes, coast sage loop fascinator, js collections cap sleeved lace cold shoulder dress, dune biana heart clasp clutch bag, nine west aniston sandals

Small Loop & Feather Hat On Band

Turning to the other accessories needed for such an occasion - shoes & bag, I always think you can't go wrong with either a simple black or navy shoe/sandal or if your outfit calls for it metallic be it gold or silver.  With the added benefit that you should be able get lots of wear out of them for nights out, parties & of course Christmas celebrations.  After all there's nothing worse than having gorgeous items just sitting in your wardrobe & no excuse to wear them.

Back to today & no excuse to roll out the glamour stakes but all this talk of dresses has made me drag out a winter sales buy that I've teamed with a new cross body bag.

my midlife fashion, isabel marant etoile leather jacket, lauren ralph lauren payton small cross body bag, lily and lionel leopard print maxi dress, golden goose superstar low top leather trainers

my midlife fashion, isabel marant etoile leather jacket, lauren ralph lauren payton small cross body bag, lily and lionel leopard print maxi dress, golden goose superstar low top leather trainers

Jacket - Isabel Marant Etoile
Dress - Lily & Lionel
Trainers - Golden Goose

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Jacket - Baukjen
Dress - Lily & Lionel or similar here
Trainers - Boden - 25% off with code G8F8

So ladies anyone off to a special event this summer?   If so have you got your outfit sorted, or are you still in the planning stages?  I'd love to hear what you're planning on wearing & where you're off to.  Hopefully today's post has given you some food for thought but if you haven't seen what you're looking for you can see House of Fraser's full collection of occasionwear here.

Enjoy your day & I'll be back in the morning.

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