It’s now mid-August and if, in September or early October, you are going to a wedding or attending some other glam event, or you have a special religious festival to dress for (perhaps the Jewish New Year or the Hindu festival of Dussehra), you will now be thinking seriously about a dressy outfit.
And once you have sorted your gorgeous wedding guest outfit or occasion dress, you will want to find the perfect occasion accessories – shoes, bag, hat and jewellery – to go with it. And you will want everything – outfit and occasion accessories –not only to be perfectly on trend and appropriate for a grown-up woman (i.e. an older woman). But you will want to know it is also perfectly appropriate for this transitional time of year.
For occasion wear – day or evening – the clutch bag still reigns supreme, though a clutch bag with a chain or a thin strap tucked inside (which many have) or a little bag that sits in the crook of your elbow, are both brilliant as they free up your hands, making it slightly easier to shake hands while holding a glass and a plate!
Finding the perfect wedding or occasion hat for the transitional time of year can be tricky. We think you will want something that matches your outfit, but also matches this difficult time of year. Colour is key to looking stylish in a hat in September; if the sun shines, it is fine to wear a hat in straw or sinamay, or some other summery material – but ideally it should be in a dark colour or a deep colour, as white or pastel in a lightweight, summery fabric could look a little unseasonal. The new-in autumn hats in felt, wool or with fur trim could also be a little heavy and wintry looking when paired with a mid-weight dressy outfit.
SoSensational’s advice here is an Occasion Hat/fascinator in a lightweight material but in black or navy or a strong colour. As for the shape, that is about your face shape and when you want great tips on choosing an occasion hat, do take a look at the Occasion Hats Style Tips here.
Occasion shoes for older women are also a bit of a minefield; obviously, we fashionable over-50 women want our wedding or occasion shoes to be gorgeous and stylish. But, ooh, we don’t want to walk around in shoes that pinch or hurt, either. Because, then instead of smiling radiantly, we will be wincing in agony. So, here are gorgeous shoes with all kinds of heels, and no heels at all.
And with a wedding or special event coming up, we would hate you to forget those sparkly finishing touches – like great earrings, a pretty necklace, a cuff or bangle or rings.
Which is your favourite of the occasion accessories here?
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