As the weather turns and the days become longer, the influx of invites begin – it’s officially the start of event season. When it comes to dressing up, this isn’t the time to rest on your laurels; you might be set on your style, but if you’re RSVP’ing as a pair, then your other half needs to raise the bar too. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry. We’ve got the lowdown on the best pairings for every event on your calendar this party season.
1. THE SUMMER WEDDING
A lightweight linen number is breezy and easy in balmy climes, while a classic three-piece and brogues is a must for church ceremonies and formal gatherings. The temptation when considering your outfit is to simply match the colour of said suit to your dress or the flower pinned to your wrist to his tie. That won’t do. If you really want to top the couple style chart then it’s about matching your aesthetics rather than literally matching your colours – you need to look like you arrived together.
2. THE HOTTEST TICKET
Whether it’s a gallery launch, a new opening or fashion week, there’s always one party that stands high above the rest. Whether you’re in a new relationship, arriving with a friend or romancing your long-term partner, you’ll want to ensure you both hit it out of the park in terms of style. The fail-safe? All black everything. A pair of skinnies and a T-shirt is easily differentiated with accessories for him and you’ll shine in everything from an LBD to tailoring and denim. Tie your looks together with matching sunglasses or boots.
3. THE LOW-KEY GATHERING
From housewarmings to garden parties, the look you’ll want to create is cool without trying. Repeatedly. In terms of couple styling, a good rule of thumb to follow is that if one of you is dressed up, the other should take their outfit down a notch. If he’s in a formal suit, you might want to pair a floral skirt with a tee or sweatshirt. If he’s in jeans, use that as an opportunity to counterbalance with a silk slip dress and heels.
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