The occasionwear edit for men and women

With us, all filling the diary up for the party season the list of weddings, parties and staff do’s seems to be never-ending. 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

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The loafer is a reliable, stylish footwear alternative shoe for men, they 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.

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Brogues are a classic cornerstone to every man’s wardrobe. No matter what you are wearing or how old you are, a brogue is always a safe smart shoe that will complement your style. A lighter brown pair is ideal for the changing season, 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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Boots are an occasion-shoe hero all year round whether paired with simple blue jeans or cropped tailored trousers. For a more casual event looser, dark denim jeans 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

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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 skirt 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 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

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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2022-01-26 09:38:17By Sarah Atkinson

Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

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