How to Make a Statement

Five ways to dress up, no black tie required

WHERE — London, Barcelona & London
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty

Five instant outfits that are guaranteed to turn heads. Because sometimes the occasion will call for something more than your beloved blue jeans.

Whilst I love nothing more than comfy, well-worn threads (my extensive trackpant collection can attest to that), sometimes you just want to look and feel fabulous.  Not a word I throw around often, but is there a really a more appropriate way to describe the feeling when you just want to feel a-mazing.

So enter five of my go-to outfits when I want to feel great, look like I made an effort, and I guess, fabulous. These aren’t season or trend specific, after all a two-piece set has been around since men wanted to look sharp, and sequins come in many forms. So whether you want to dress up this weekend, or bank a killer outfit for further down the track, these are the looks I keep on reliable rotation.

Embrace Your Inner Magpie

Embrace your inner magpie and dress it up with sequins. You can go all out with a full length glittery gown (although I’d dress it down with flats), or take a more subtle approach with a sequinned separates. You’d be surprised how easy it is to wear look-at-me sequins if you style it back with something understated and cosy like a chunky knit or a slouchy white tee. It’s all about balance.

Wearing: Edited turtleneck and sequin skirt, Celine heels

Thigh High Boots Get The Girls

Equal parts sexy and cool, thigh high boots are only appropriate for a brief moment of the year when the weather allows us to pull on both heafy boots and a mini, so it pays to may hay while the sun shines. Pair with a long-sleeve mini dress or a mini skirt/knit combo so you’re only showing sliver on skin, which sometimes is even sexier than showing a whole lot.

Wearing: Rouje jacket and mini skirt, Maje boots and X Nihlo bag

Wearing: Malene Birger knit, LK Bennett sequin dress, Topshop boots

The Matching Two Piece

Technically a suit, sure, but the two-piece set is more than that. It’s more matchy, matchy than business and despite being perfectly coorindated, gives the vibe you’re up for a good time.

Wearing: Tibi pink jacket and mini skirt, Mango knit, Prada sunglasses

A Slick of Red Lippy

The cheat sheet to looking polished, even when you’ve left your glad rags at home? A slick of bold red lippy and a smile. It’s also the perfect way to dress up without over-doing it, particularly if you don’t know what kind of shindig you’re headed to.

Wearing: Kosas lipstick in Thrillest, Club Monaco knit, Claudie Pierlot jeans, Paul Andrew heels

Pick A Hue

Pick a hue, and stick to it. A candlyfloss pink set? An oversized creamy suit. No matter what you pull on, if you don one colour and one colour only, it’ll always look intentionally put together.

Wearing: King & Tuckefield blazer and trousers

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