Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fashion: Guest Appearance; Got the Invitation but Haven't Got the Outfit? Francesca Craggs Seeks out Some Style Ideas for Special Occasions

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fashion: Guest Appearance; Got the Invitation but Haven't Got the Outfit? Francesca Craggs Seeks out Some Style Ideas for Special Occasions

Article excerpt

THE summer months bring with them all manner of special events, from weddings to a day at the races.

A special occasion is also the perfect excuse to dress up and it needn't cost the earth. The high street is brimming with occasionwear for every taste and budget.

Colour is a huge trend for spring/summer 2009 and a great way to stand out from the crowd. This season's collections are dominated by a rainbow of brights, from vibrant oranges and canary yellows, to lime greens and turquoise.

Fabulous florals are also a fashion favourite this season and are perfect for summer weddings. The more elaborate the dress, the more understated your bag, hat and shoes. Pick out one key colour from the dress and carry the theme through into your accessories. Team pretty floral dresses with simple accessories for a romantic, yet stylish look.

Stylish and elegant, dresses offer a versatile yet pretty option, without the hassle of matching up separates.

Dresses take on a more structured look this season with strong tailoring and statement details like oversized frills and bows. Give feminine, floaty dresses a more fashionable edge by adding a chunky leather belt.

And if the weather doesn't hold up, a pashmina or shrug not only looks stylish but keeps out the chill.

Hats and fascinators add a touch of glamour and are a great way of completing your look.

For those who prefer not to fork out for just one day, there are many hat boutiques around the region offering a hire service.

Alternatively, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Accessorize has a great selection of hats which won't break the bank.

Carol Snailham, concession manager of House of Fraser, MetroCentre, says there are many aspects to consider when choosing occasionwear.

She says: "Your choice in occasionwear should be dictated by the nature of the event. Is it a wedding? christening? Ladies day at the races?

Is the event going to take place largely outdoors and if possible to predict, the weather? …

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