Summer in Style: How to dress for the social season

Whether you’re heading to the polo or Wimbledon, a flower show or a wedding, here’s the pick of the top trends…

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Chic twists

Who says summer style is all about the dress? We’re big fans of a bold jumpsuit or classic jacket and trouser combo. “Try a trouser suit in a block colour or patterned fabric this season for an unexpected take on event dressing,” says Helen Canning, personal shopper & stylist at Elys Wimbledon. “Trouser suits give a polished and sophisticated look.” You can also deconstruct the suit and wear as separates all season long.

New wave florals

Floral prints are the go-to for summer occasions but take it up a level with pretty detailing and beautiful fabric. Longer sleeves will get you through stricter dress codes at the likes of Royal Ascot and are perfect for a wedding when you want to avoid having to take a jacket or stole.

Make a statement

Not many occasions call for a hat these days but when they do, have fun with it. For weddings and the races, rose motifs and pill box shapes are having a moment. Elys’ newly expanded millinery department includes hats from designers including royal and celebrity favourites, Rachel Trevor-Morgan and Hostie Hats. Look for natural materials for versatile hats that will work for all your seasonal events.

Block party

We’re loving a statement shoe for summer occasions with block heels a perfect replacement for the stiletto if you’re walking on grass. Or go flat with sheer ballet pumps and Mary Janes. Floral motifs, dramatic bows and embellishments are big news. Whether sling-backs, ankle straps or mules, check which works best for your outfit.

Quiet luxe

Think elegant and understated with more muted shades. Creams, beige and buttercup are the colours to look for this season. Team with a jacket which you can nip in with a belt.

Pastel palettes

If you’ve previously avoided pastel shades, there’s a way to tap into this spring/summer perennial that isn’t saccharine sweet. Keep the detailing minimal and the line elegant.