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ELLE Staple: The All-rounder Occasion Dress

A DRESS to impress moment.

When it comes to those long-stretched summer days, we search high and low for that one item in our closets that can take us through several occasions and with the festive season just around the corner, the perfect dress is a much-needed necessity. Our selection this week involves a modern twist on the classic midi dress. Super versatile in back with interesting button detail and the belt tie feature. Here’s our take on styling this Midi Dress with Buttons for multiple occasions.

Midi Dress with Buttons-R899,00- Zara

At the Office

Striking the perfect balance of modern formal is incredibly difficult but try wearing a shirt underneath with a few grey accessories such as a handbag, wrist watch and a pair of heels. Tie everything together with a statement earring and you’re set for work. 

Dress-R899,00- Zara, Shirt – R179,00-H&M, Bag-R949,00-Mango, Shoes- R1299,00 - Steve Madden, Watch- R2399,00- Fossil at Superbalist, Earrings- R129,00- Accessorize

Casual Errand Run

Slip on those trendy sneakers for that weekly errand run and your outfit is 50% complete. Next thing, throw on a baseball cap, snazzy sunnies, layered necklaces and most importantly the shopper that’s big enough to fit the essentials and more.  

Dress -R899,00- Zara, Shoes- R1499,95- Nike, Cap- R40,00- Mr Price, Sunglasses- R249,00-Cotton On, Shopper- R650,00-Woolworths, Necklace- R149,00 -Superbalist

Date Night

A contemporary twist on the otherwise traditional LBD, this time, we chose to jazz up the look with some unconventional colour choices. Green heels? We love it! Bold earrings, red belt and that to-die for mini bag? *tick* We’re obsessed! Term used to describe this look: Modishly Swank.

Dress -R899,00- Zara, Shoes- R759,00-ZaraEarrings- R249,00- Superbalist, Belt-R399,00-Zara, Bag- R799,00-Aldo, Necklace- R179,00-Cotton On

Days when it’s just a bit Chilly

Having trouble making your summer clothes work for the odd chilly summer day/night? The key in nailing this look is layering. Pair the dress with a popping pink knit, quirky flats, sheer tights and striking earrings. In the daytime, try wearing a fedora to add that laidback feel to your look. 

Dress -R899,00- Zara, Jersey- R899,00- Trenery, Shoes- R3499,00-Jeffrey Campbell at Zando, Tights- R99,00- H&M, Earrings- R199,00- Poetry, Hat- R299,00-Dailyfriday at Superbalist

A Trip to the Botanical Gardens

Nothing beats a warm day spent surrounded by nature and we feel that the best way to dress for the occasion is to embody a sense of toned-down modernism. Woven bags are the talk of the fashion town and we’re convinced that the brightly hues combination is the best one yet. Incorporate a pair of comfy espadrilles, a retro neckerchief, sunglasses and floral inspired earrings and you’re all set. 

Dress -R899,00- Zara, Shoes- R699,00-Country Road at Woolworths, Bag- R1029,00-Zara, Earrings- R399,00-Witchery, Sunglasses- R40,00-Mr Price, Hat- R399,00- Superbalist, Neckerchief- R199,00- Accessorize

Dinner Party

It’s time for some glitz and glamour with a dinner party essentially allowing you to go all out. Playing off of the gold button detail on the dress we feel that gold MUST be celebrated as it goes perfectly on the occasion and dress of choice. Gold heels, sculptural earrings, a clutch bag and jewellery will guarantee you being the centre of attention. 

Dress -R899,00- Zara, Necklace- R299,00- Mango, Shoe- R1199,00-Aldo, Earrings- R249,00, Zara, Bag-R599,00-Aldo, Rings- R20,00-Mr Price
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