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SUMMER EVENT DRESSING WITH SELFRIDGES

April 24, 2017
Anneli wearing Reiss Dress standing by wall

´Tis the season, for all those dreamy summer events, with weddings, races and al fresco soirees… And as much as I love it, the pain is always the same, every single year… What to wear? I try not to go overboard and buy a new outfit for every event; but I also don´t want to always resort to the same dresses on rotation every season. Hence when springtime arrives, I tend to add 2-3 new outfits into the mix, injecting some fresh new styles into my more formal wardrobe collection… I have several weddings coming up, so I headed to my go-to destination for dresses and smart outfits, Selfridges, and managed to score the perfect stylish, yet soft and feminine summer outfit (the ideal combination). 

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The dress which caught my eye, and subsequently will no doubt be sorting me out throughout the season is this Reiss Frilled Detail Chiffon Dress. I am not one for over-the-top girly style – but this one is the perfect bridge in the middle; with it´s soft aqua colour palette, combined with it being the ideal versatile maxi – perfect to dress up with heels and a clutch, and thrown on with some strappy flat sandals and a cross-body bag.

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I am fortunate to finally have worked my way up to an entire room for my wardrobe; so space is so longer such an issue as previously. Ironically, now that I have the space; I have also become a lot more critical with every piece to enter my walk-in-wardrobe. Maybe it´s something to do with it being on display (I can no longer hide my sins), but I am pretty sure it´s because I have become so much more picky, precise and streamlined when it comes to what suits my body shape, what I know I will wear for years to come and something which will last – style and quality wise. I just know when it comes to dresses, I can trust Reiss – still owning and cherishing several classic and timeless pieces from years ago. Teamed with my new favourite navy velvet clutch from Whistles (obsessed) and some neutral heels – this is an outfit I not only feel super comfortable in; but it´s an overall silhouette and style I know works for me, and will not look dated by the next season.

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I guess the keyword here, is longevity. And when it comes to event dressing; when you´re probably going to spend more then your average summer dress – you should really be investing in something which does tick all those right boxes. Will it last you for at least 4-5 more seasons (or beyond)? Is it something you will feel comfortable wearing with both flats and heels? Is it a versatile as well as transitional piece – to take you from day-to-night, summer to autumn? If it ticks most of those boxes (ideally all) – you pretty much know you have a wardrobe winner.

Shop Evening Dresses and Clutches via Selfridges. 

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REISS Dress
Whistles Clutch
L.K. Bennett Heels (old season)


Created in collaboration with Selfridges (ad). All words, opinions, styling & creative direction are, as always, my own. Photography by Lydia Collins

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6 Comments

  • Reply Jenny April 24, 2017 at 11:53

    I love wearing maxi dresses in the summer. The colours in this are so pretty x

    LuxeStyle

    • Reply Anneli Bush April 26, 2017 at 15:35

      Agreed! x

  • Reply Hattie West April 24, 2017 at 14:58

    Gorgeous my love, such a pretty print. So want to come and play in your walk-in! XX

    http://www.HattieWest.com

    • Reply Anneli Bush April 26, 2017 at 15:35

      Haha, thank you lovely! x

  • Reply Tatjana April 24, 2017 at 16:30

    This dress is a dress! Looks beautiful on you.
    Have a great start into the new week.
    Love from https://tbymallano.com/

    • Reply Anneli Bush April 26, 2017 at 15:35

      Thank you!

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