Fab Friday Style Tip: how to put together a special occasion outfit

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, How to 21 Comments

Last Friday officially signalled the start of the spring-summer party season for me.  The occasion was the Wishlist Spring Carnival Gala, for which I sit on the organising committee. The fact that the committee is dominated by women means that by July meetings often go off the agenda into to the “what to wear?” question.

Now when you’re on the organising committee for such a huge and glam event – and you’re a stylist – the pressure is well and truly on.

So, I do what I do best.  I outfit plan. As you do.

(See what I have to say about this on today’s vlog … where I’m showing off my best school holidays glam. Not.)

Key styling tips

1.  Start with the dress.  Or the pants/top outfit.  But preferably a dress. Last year I wore a gorgeous black EP by Easton Pearson dress.  This year I just had to break out the colour.  Once I laid eyes on the Xian Sacha Drake kaftan, I knew she’d be perfect.  I bought a similar slip and kaftan style from Sacha Drake last year, which has been on high rotation ever since and even went to Bali with a friend recently.  Xian will be coming out to party with me a lot this summer too. A good party frock purchase doesn’t like hiding away in your wardrobe.  She likes to come out to play. Often.

Striking a pose (just for you)

Striking a pose (just for you)

2. Once I had the dress I thought about the accessories. I could have gone the whole colour block thing but decided I’d let the dress do the talking (I did colour block my hands with CND Shellac in Tropix on my nails and a turquoise Samantha Wills ring).  I opted not to have a hat made this year, instead buying a gorgeous 15cm wide silk flower, for my hair. I already had the Sophie Kyron giant “pearl” earrings and a Mimco shoulder bag from last year.  I worked these back with my new Zizi for Florsheim Giselle nude peep toe shoes and a silver cuff from Adorne, which I picked up for $15.

Colour blocking CND Shellac in Tropix with a Samantha Wills ring

Colour blocking CND Shellac in Tropix with a Samantha Wills turquoise ring

3. I made sure I packed some flats to change into.  As much as the Giselles were the most comfortable heels I’ve ever worn, I felt the need to get a little more “grounded” as the afternoon went on and “evolved” into the after party.

MEL dreamed by Melissa ‘Butterfly Cacao’ Yellow flats $49.95. Ph 03 9689 1500

MEL dreamed by Melissa Butterfly Cacao yellow flats $49.95. Ph 03 9689 1500

4. I thought ahead on the beauty side of things too.  A spray tan was booked for two days before.  And my hairdresser was booked for the morning of the event.  I did my own makeup using the new Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, which I raved about on the blog last week.  It certainly went the distance.

Love this effortlessly looking chic look that actually took a lot of effort from my hairdresser

Love this effortlessly looking chic look that actually took a lot of effort on the part of my hairdresser, Maria at Suite Three

Shopping suggestions

Spring Carnival Gala Outfit


1. Sacha Drake Xian kaftan $449 | 2. Samantha Wills Isle of Capri ring $75 | 3. Eve Boutique large ivory silk hair flower $125 | 4. Mimco Hybrid clutch $199 | 5. Zizi for Florsheim Giselle heel $199.95

Do you have a special occasion already on the calendar for spring?  Have you started thinking ahead as to what you would like to wear?  Do you have something – an accessory or pair of shoes – already in your wardrobe that would work? 

 

Comments 21

  1. I *lurve* that kaftan dress. Do you know any other brands who do a more ‘affordable’ option? I confess I *hate* clothes shopping so the idea of wandering the shops looking for alternatives causes me to break out into a cold sweat 🙂

    Regards
    Jen

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  2. I think the dress looks better on you than on the skinny model! Have already gone to Sacha Drake site to look up stockists. And now I’m off to investigate the MEL dreamed flats.

    Note to self: Must read more of Nikki’s styling tips posts more frequently for fabulousness!!

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  3. Love the dress – and you know, it looks better on you than it does on the model, too! Great tips, I have a few (pathetically few!) ‘occasions’ to look forward to, can’t wait! Just wondering, as summer holidays are not TOO far away, if we could get some hints before then on travel packing (specifically, how to pack light, when towing hubby and a couple of kids!)?

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      1. Oohhh…good, I look forward to the travel packing tips. Will definitely be linking to that one from my blog.

        As you know I’m a huge Metalicus fan and it works well for a travel wardrobe but I am always looking for inspiration and ideas, so much anticipated.

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