Fashion

The Occasionwear Edit for Men and Women

With us, all filling the diary up for our first Summer of freedom, the list of weddings, parties and holidays seems to be never-ending. We can’t wait for the lighter nights and warmer weather where we can fully let our hair down with friends and family.

One thing though is for sure, we are going to have to invest in some new outfits and at the top of that agenda is our footwear. We have all been living in trainers, slippers, boots and wellies for over a year and wouldn’t know what a smart shoe was if it jumped on us. So looking at occasionwear for him and her, here is our footwear rundown…

For Men

Loafer

The loafer is a reliable, stylish footwear alternative shoe for men. A great alternative in hot weather and always gives the impression you know how to put together an outfit. Perfect for daytime events when paired with tailored shorts or chinos, they can also be easily adapted for a smarter feel with tailored trousers and a few cuff rolls. The classic penny loafer in brown suede is a classic summer go-to, whilst opting for a logo embellished black loafer is the ideal formal slip-on.

Walk London Loafers

@marcianoooo @walklondonshoes

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Brogue

Mens occasion footwear

@grenson

Brogues are a classic cornerstone to every mans wardrobe. No matter what you are wearing or how old you are, a brogue is always a safe smart shoe that will compliment your style. A lighter brown pair is ideal for a sunny day, whereas black is an all-around go-to option for any afternoon-turned-evening event. Dark brown and black styles work well for sharpening a more smart casual look.  Chinos and denim can easily become occasion appropriate when paired with a simple light brown brogue and can tie any outfit together by adding a matching coloured belt or blazer.

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Boot

dr marten boot

@michaelhha

Even with the warmer weather, boots are an occasion-shoe hero all year round whether paired with simple blue jeans or cropped tailored trousers. For a more casual event a looser, dark denim jean may be the perfect fit, but when dressing for a formal occasion, a well-fitted pair of chinos or trousers in darker shades could work well with boots as a stylish option. Compliment with a button-down shirt and smart fitted jacket for that sophisticated feel. Heading into the transitional season, match some Chelsea boots with a long length topcoat, smart t-shirt and jeans for that effortlessly cool, minimalist look.

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For Women

Flats

Coach Loafers

@flissnoakes

Shoes don’t have to be sky-high to be flattering – the perfect pump or sandal is equally as eye-catching. Flats have a way of complimenting a dress or skirts and can be perfect for occasions when you’re going to be on your feet a lot. Choose an embellished shoe for a simple outfit to easily add some character to a more minimal look.

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Heels

Women occasion footwear

@wenyiteong
@tedbaker

Heels are the perfect leg lengthener and level any look, when it comes to occasion dressing heeled sandals and court shoes are classic must-haves. Typically, for occasions, it’s easy to think of pairing heels with dresses, but heels can be a great way to dress up any trouser suit, smart skirt and shirt combo, jumpsuit or playsuit too. Matching up the tone of your shoes with your bag and/or belt can be a great way to tie together an outfit in a simple, yet relatively effortless style move.

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Block Heels

Block heels

@sabina_lis_

The chunkier, the comfier – some might say. The block heel is a popular pick for anything from trouser suits to shorter occasion dresses and skirts. They’re also a practical pick for a day-long event where you may be dancing or up on your feet, or for perhaps a wedding or ceremony. Matching them to your bag, belt or hairpiece the block heel is really having a moment bringing a different vibe to your outfit.

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