It's that tricky time of the year when summer occasion dressing begins to rear it's ugly head and we all start FREAKING THE HELL OUT about the legs we haven't shaved in god knows how long and the tummy rolls that have appeared "out of nowhere, over night."
Occasion dressing is hard at the best of times, but when occasion dressing is met with the unpredictable British weather forecast and the fact it might be sweaty af but it could also be a little breezy at night and oh, I best pack myself a brolly JIC it starts to rain...
Whilst I currently don't have any wedding's or overly fancy summer events coming up, I know it's something we as women worry about so I thought I'd kick things off with a little styling inspo for those impending summer nuptials.
Dresses are a failsafe when it comes to ocassion dressing, the first thing out of your friends mouth will always be "Have you found a dress for ****'s (insert bride to be's name here) wedding" but why does it need to be a dress!? I certainly don't want to be that predictable so I'm saying we throw shade to the predictable dress and opt for something a little out of the ordinary indeed.
In steps that of the short suit; now thats an occasion wear item that gets my juices flowing.
You know by now my love for the two-piece suit. My collection is getting a little out of hand I must say, but there is something oh so powerful, so empowering and down right bad ass about that of the two piece suit.
Something so stereotypically masculine that it makes me feel like the upmost of rebels and for that I can only say it's a no brainer of an item for that of a wedding or summer affair of that ilk.
Wedding's can be SO dull! So if I can dress myself in such a way that is fun, that adds a spring to my step and makes me feel like I can take on the world then I will do just that. This little number is by Sister Jane, and we all know how I feel about Sister Jane now don't we...
Sister Jane epitomises everything I love so much about styling. They take vintage cuts and retro prints and modernise them in a way that no other high street brand does. They release collection after collection for the alternative girl and they nail it each and every time around. This season's collection is certainly no different.
I'm SO into this little short suit right now, everything from the beautiful soft blue denim... Yes I am telling you to wear denim to a wedding, sod the "rules", to the oh so delicate floral embroidery, (see that's more wedding appropriate now isn't it) and not to mention the oversized silhouette to the blazer combined with the oh so flattering shape of the shorts that kind of look like an A-line skirt, but are in fact shorts and therefore with so much room for activities (10 points if you got the reference)
This look is SO fun and oh so playful.
It has a real mod vibe to it which is something I LOVE to achieve, especially accidental as is with this look.
To enhance that masculine vibe I've teamed the short suit with a crisp white shirt with just the right amount of ruffle to tick all those SS17 trend boxes. This beauty is by 2nd Day and is a piece I'm REALLY enjoying styling with. See it in a different light in this post here, however I truly think it looks SO wonderful in this suited and booted way, perfect for that of a wedding or a summer event.
I've also teamed the look with some micro fish nets, which aren't essential, but were for me on this typically cold spring morning in Manchester and upped the ante with some metallic heeled loafers, the perfect combination of girl meets boy. I'd probably switch out the loafers for a high pair of pointed courts for a wedding day, but as you can see Manchester is mainly built upon cobbles, and that just isn't a combination I was prepared to go for at this time.
Mod-ed up to the max with my trusty Saint Laurent sunglasses, are you bored of these yet?