A big date in the diary is a great reason to go shopping for the perfect outfit, and with new winter styles hitting the shelves every week and a little expert guidance, you’ll be able to find formal-appropriate fashion trends to fall in love with.
This season, womenswear designers are scaling up the romance; dramatic billowing sleeves, ruffles, satin, sumptuous fabrics, bohemian prints and feminine colour palettes will all dominate in the style stakes.
For men, impeccable tailoring will always be a given, but it reigned supreme this season. We also saw a touch of the romantic in menswear with ‘70s silhouettes and bohemian rock dominating runways.
Read on to get some style guidance for your next event.
Womenswear really played on mixing up masculine and feminine styles and silhouettes this season, with elegant matching suits. We’re seeing this trend on every celebrity imaginable, from Kylie Jenner to Gigi Hadid.
A matching suit in cream always looks effortless or play around with darker shades or even pastel shades like lilac or powder blue.
When it comes to menswear, don’t underestimate the power of tailoring. You’d be surprised how much difference you can make by taking an off-the-rack suit to a tailor to make small adjustments. A little narrowing in the leg or waist can take a standard suit to the next level.
The bohemian look is nothing new, but this season, it’s getting edgier. For women, try dresses with black fringing and a floaty, feminine structure. Add an edgy feel to your outfit with a pointed black ankle boot and silver jewellery or a rockstar studded clutch bag.
Men, try a suit in a paisley print. It doesn’t have to be loud; a subtle print can still work well. Or, play around with natural fabrics like linen and cotton. The bohemian look is all about accessorising, too, so add some finishing touches with jewellery or even a hat if you’re bold enough.
Silky-smooth satin is having an enormous resurgence. And little wonder - satin truly is the best; it’s relatively affordable, drapes beautifully and feels luxe.
For women, dresses can range from sleek and stylish to edgy and luxurious; there’s a huge variety of styles to choose from.
But satin isn’t just for womenswear. If men want to make a statement, a satin suit jacket can certainly do the trick. For a formal event or black-tie wedding, try a satin suit jacket in red or blue, pared back with plain black trousers.
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