From meticulously manicured lawns and flower-strewn settings to the clink of champagne glasses, garden parties are perfect way to celebrate summer. Here, we show you what to wear to a garden party, from relaxed invites to more formal events.
1. Garden Variety
Florals are a clear favourite for garden parties, with romantic prints and soft colour palettes perfectly capturing the essence of al fresco invites. Keep styling fresh with a kimono midi dress, patterned with chinoiserie florals for Eastern-inspired opulence – we like how its pastel hues makes it feel true to SS18. Team yours with a straw bag and tan wedges.
2. All in One
Going to a garden party and don’t want to wear a dress? Try a jumpsuit instead. Crafted from cool, crisp linen, this cropped design offers a modern approach to smart-casual dress codes. Style it with a straw hat and espadrille wedges for the event, as well as your next getaway.
3. Tea Party
The sell-out style of the season, the humble tea dress remains a popular choice for summer garden parties. Shake off its classic connotations in a seafoam-hued silhouette with romantic ruffle detailing, wearing it with a pair of wedges for that big invite. Going off-duty? Switch to white trainers for weekend cool.
4. Bold Broderie
One of summer’s most-loved fabrications, broderie anglaise is often considered as a less formal alternative to lace. Lending itself well to relaxed summer barbecues and pub gardens, this navy number comes with a flattering v-shaped neckline and an asymmetric hemline – a key design detail of SS18. Wear yours with an embroidered clutch and glimmering gold sandals.
5. Under the Palms
At first glance, palm prints might seem somewhat more suited to tropical settings but when combined with the right cuts, they make the perfect match for garden party invites. Forgo laid-back styles in favour of classic A-line silhouettes with watercolour-inspired prints on soft white backdrops, picking out the petal-toned palettes of hibiscus flowers with pale pink accessories.
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