How To Choose The Perfect Summer Event Outfit


It's that time of year where us ladies go into panic mode as we desperately try to look for the perfect outfit for summer events. From BBQ's to weddings to baby showers; it's important that we look and feel our best, right?

It took me a couple of weeks to find the perfect dress for Royal Ascot and even then I was stuck between two choices! Sometimes it's difficult to determine whether your initial outfit choice is too over or under dressed. Nobody wants to rock up at a summer wedding looking like they haven't made an effort and no one wants to turn up at a summer BBQ looking like they're going to a wedding! You get my drift?

Fashion forward retailer Coast have put together an info graphic from Eclipse Magazine which stops you from pulling your hair out any longer. Fear not because Coast have the answer you need sorted! All you have to do is follow the info graphic carefully and answer the questions to work out what the perfect outfit would be for your event this summer.

OUTFIT 1: This outfit is ideal for every casual summer event, whether it's downplayed with a jacket for a BBQ with friends and family or dressed up with a pair of wedges and statement jewellery for a more upscale garden party or a Family Day at the races. A floaty floral top will keep you looking and feeling cool, and paired with tailored trousers you'll look effortlessly stylish without feeling overdressed.

OUTFIT 2: Dress it up or dress it down; a brightly coloured skirt will help you stand out at any event you're attending this summer while sticking to events that have a dress code. Stunning separates like these paired with on trend metallic accessories will give a unique twist to the outfits you usually see at the races or small scale weddings.

OUTFIT 3: This outfit is the perfect solution to flatter a gorgeous figure while keeping the look appropriate for church weddings or all day events that run into cooler nights (such as a day at the races followed by dinner in town!) with thick shoulder straps and a wrap to cover up. Dance the night away in this look with a pair of wedges or flats, or keep it looking formal with sensible court heels.

OUTFIT 4: Highlight those pretty pins with this gorgeous short dress with ombre colour detailing, and keep cool for long days in the sun with straps exposing your shoulders. Throw on a pair of comfortable wedges to see you through garden parties – including the greatest British garden party of them all at Glorious Goodwood! – and outdoor weddings, or style it up with a pair of stilettos for nights out with the girls.

OUTFIT 5: For a simply stylish look, a multi-tie maxi dress will cover your every desire for a perfect summer event dress. The adjustable neckline will flatter a large bust, while the light shade will complement a range of skin tones. Keep warm for evening events that carry on into the small hours  with a pretty wrap, or let the dress stand out on its own with pretty jewellery.

OUTFIT 6: This is an outfit that will take you from day to night, being smart enough for a day in the office or corporate hospitality at the races and super stylish when paired with a set of killer heels for a night out with the girls. Who says you need to get your legs out for an on trend look this season? This jumpsuit will show off a range of gorgeous figures and see you through every summer event.

Has this helped? I know I will definitely refer to this in the near future for any upcoming events I have this summer. It's like a handy little godmother who can help you attend the ball!


  1. Ah I love this. This is absolutely perfect for events. :) xx

  2. Outfit two is beautiful! :) Such a great idea to know what to wear, i'm so indecisive when it comes to choosing outfits! x

  3. Anonymous16/7/15

    I love the charts advice thought I just about always dress up with outfit one. Easy enough to dress it up if need be which is always a plus :)

  4. Totally loving outfit four the colours are gorgeous! x

  5. It is so hard to dress in the UK sometimes, especially summer. I'm originally from FL so summer outfits usually involved sandals and little much of anything else

  6. I love this post! All the outfits are so nice x
    Love Vicki |

  7. This is such a great post! Loved it. although the 'are you comfortable with your arms on show' confused me. Surely outfits 3 & 4 should be the other way around ?
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