It's Time To Dress To Impress

Summer is nearly here and this means one thing! Store away the coats and knitwear and bring out the form-fitting undergarments because it’s time to party!

Starting with the NZ Cup in November, followed by the Christmas parties, Christmas day, Weddings and of course the Polo. We have all the ideas for you here.


Racing Cup Season

We might pretend it’s about the racing, but (let’s be honest) for many of us - it's really about the outfits! The racing season is our one time of year where we can have fun with special-occasion wear, especially for day.

This is a time to embrace the best of spring; think florals, lace and colour. Matching your shoes and accessories is not always a must, although if there ever is a right occasion to do it - this is it.

Floaty fabrics, bold prints and full skirts are a big player this season, so try teaming a full skirt with a stylish waisted top, and belt and like-minded accessories. This will bring the outfit together and polish it off seamlessly. If your main outfit or hat is very outstanding, suggest pairing with calmer more neutral accessories.


Pictured above: Full skirts and tops are a popular look that can be worn multiple times post events.


The turban headband is a key trend this year. This is one style that will be here for the next few seasons. They can be also be worn post races to your next summer events in the diary.


Below: An A-line full skirt with a bodice will work well on any body especially if you are a fuller in the bust as it will follow the lines of your shape.

Pictured above: Marga wears the Trelise Cooper Tie me Dancer Dress $699 

To take this dress up a notch, pair with red accessories for a statement.

Pictured above: Morgan and Taylor Octavia Turban $119

Above: Seek out a comfortable stacked heel like these Kathryn Wilson Brydon Heels $339 - designed for long days standing. Avoid stiletto or narrow heels regardless of their height as they will sink easily into grass.

Pictured above:  Trelise Cooper A Blooms Of One Own Dress $699

Choose an equally ornate and similar toned headpiece to wear with this dress such as the Julieta headpiece below.

Above:  Morgan and Taylor Julieta Headpiece $109



Above: The colour gold of the Paula Ryan Platina Heel $550 will pair well seamlessly with Trelise Cooper dress.



Weddings, at times can become an unnecessary source of stress… and that’s just being the guest! You can never be too overdressed for a wedding, as long as you don’t overshadow the Bride and Groom on their big day.

There is an old myth around not wearing white to a wedding, but it is quite acceptable to do so as long as it doesn't resemble anything close to a bridal gown.

Dresses are always an easy go-to outfit, but again there are no set rules around needing to do so. Today there are less boundaries around covering your shoulders, or needing a matching jacket.

Keep your look fresh and summery with accessories shoes that will take you from the ceremony to the reception ready for the dance floor with ease.



Above: Trelise Cooper Florence And The Dreams Dress $799

Below: Trelise Cooper Frilled Life Dress $649 . A bright boxy shaped summer dress will be comfortable, and be the perfect shape for wearing post wedding either day or evening.


Pictured above: Trelise Cooper Out In The Sun Dress $699 in pink. Below: Trelise Cooper Out In The Sun $699 in black. Also available in yellow.

Pictured above: Trelise Cooper Out In The Sun $699 in black.

Above: Cooper Lei Lei Di Lei Dress $499 Belt this dress with the Trelise Cooper Feeling Yellow Belt $99 and team with the  Four Corners La Boca Earrings $119 for a modern take on Tropicana. 


The Polo

Get your friends together..It’s time to stomp out some divots and quaff the Cliquot! And what says summer more than a floaty dress or skirt, panama hats and platform sandals?

The polo call for relaxed summer chic and polish without the true pomp and show of the Racing Cup season. 

You will be on the grass the entire time, so wear comfortable heels, or opt for a stylish flat. Then style back with a stylish panama, boater hat or turban headband.



Pictured above: The turban headband - and effortless summer style for day or night.

Above and below: White is a fresh option to wear polo events this summer.

Above: Trelise Cooper Run Wild Dress $649 . Try this with a contrasting headband, like the Morgan and Taylor spotted turban $79 below.


Pictured above: Polka dots are also having their day in the sun. The Trelise Cooper Tier Me Up Dress $599 in blue.

Pictured above: Paula Ryan Ankle Stretch Espadrille $370. The Polo is traditionally set in a grassy paddock, so a good platform or stacked heel is best.


And don't forget about the men!

The easiest way to dress up your man without too much drama (or retail resistance) is with an authentic panama hat.

These Sarah J Curtis hats $180 are the perfect addition to any mans outfit at the polo, races or weddings.



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