After a time when most gatherings, occasions and weddings were cancelled, we’re slowly and cautiously starting to see our friends and family at events again. This has brought about a new kind of event, the micro event, in which we can keep groups small and physical contact to a minimum but still get to celebrate important moments with our loved ones. Since October, Equilibrio has seen a large increase in queries for wedding (guest) and other occasion outfits. Women are delighted to have a reason to dress up again! And we are finding that they are dressing up more than ever before.
Weddings, anniversaries and Granny’s 80th are now celebrated in stylish, thought-through fashion rather than “semi-formal”, last-minute getups. With so few occasions to get out of track-pants and wear makeup for, women are making it count.
Here are some beautiful locally made occasion and wedding guest outfit ideas:
CLASSIC WRAP DRESS
Always elegant and flattering, the wrap dress is a great choice for occasion or wedding outfits. We love Isabel de Villiers’ wrap dresses. They have impeccable fit with a slightly-high waist. These dresses are made from crease-free, stretch fabric. Available in various colours and in midi and maxi length.
SPARKLE & SHINE
For evening occasions we love a little shine. Bring out the sequins and lurex shimmer! Mareth Colleen makes fabulous stretch sequins dresses that hug the body and reach over the knee. They have small shoulder pads for structure. The Blaire Dress from the same brand has a dipped, cowl back and is full length.
For sparkly outfits, keep accessories to a minimum. Simple earrings, a clutch and heel will do.
DRAMA & DRAPE
If you’re looking for drama, look no further than garments from Pretoria brand ERRE. ERRE has perfected bold, oversized accents and makes garments with meters of fabric.
Also lookout for the Isabel de Villiers Twist Dress. It comes in midi (over the knee) and maxi length and in a number of colours. The dress has a twisted-and-gathered detail at the front that creates beautiful drape that smooths out “bumps”.
Isabel de Villiers Twist Midi Dress, TealR990 – R1,250
Isabel de Villiers Twist Midi Dress, RedR990 – R1,250
Isabel de Villiers Twist Maxi Dress, BlackR1,200 – R1,400
Erre Silhouette Pencil Dress, BlackR1,600
Erre Curve Fit & Flare Dress, BlackR1,800
Erre Dancing Lady Maxi Wrap Dress, PinkR3,800
Erre Dancing Lady Maxi Wrap Dress, BlackR3,800
Erre Dancing Lady Maxi Wrap Dress, RedR3,800
OCCASION & WEDDING OUTFITS THAT ARE NOT DRESSES
Some of us feel more comfortable is pants but want to still look glamourous and fashionable. Our range of culottes, palazzos and jumpsuits will have you sorted. Just add a pretty shoe, small bag and some statement accessories.
AND NOW FOR THE ACCESSORIES
A statement necklace or earrings can make all the difference to an occasion or wedding guest outfit, not to mention a pretty bag.
A long necklace like the Kirsten Goss Raven looks excellent with a high, round neck dress like the ERRE Silhouette Dress or the Mareth Colleen Stash Dress. Shorter necklaces work best with low V-neck dresses like Isabel de Villiers’ Wrap dresses, while bold earrings look fantastic with both round and V-neck outfits.
Rather that wearing both bold earrings and statement necklaces, choose one so that your accessories don’t overwhelm the outfit.
Have fun dressing up and feeling fab, and please buy local where you can. Have any questions? We’d love to help, drop us an email at [email protected].
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