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After becoming a little too comfortable wearing leggings every day, we’ve finally started to have fun with fashion again. And as we soak up the last days of summer and welcome the forthcoming change of seasons, we’re having fun getting away for weekend outings and celebrating special occasions, too. But switching from working-from-home comfort to getting more “dressed” for an actual event is something that may still take some practice.
Here, London-based fashion writer Daisy Murray shares her go-to outfit formula for getting out there—all you need are an easy-fitting dress and some versatile jewelry. See how she’s using the new Wearing Occasions pieces from the Pandora Moments collection to accessorize her look for different occasions, then shop her picks below.
Stepping out for staycation
In typical British staycation fashion, you have to be ready for rain or shine at a moment’s notice. Big wellies and a light, cotton poplin dress fit the bill for a summer vacation spent at home. While a dress is a must for me, whatever the event, pairing it with something a little unexpected—in this case, recycled rubber boots—helps to keep the outfit from looking too “done.” This practical footwear can take you from muddy walk to the local pub, and a white cotton dress can be easily rolled up in your weekender bag. When it comes to accessories, Pandora’s stack hooped earrings and the mixed metal rings are the perfect way for me to add a playful touch to this casual look. I love to use jewelry as a platform for self-expression and I often start with versatile pieces that can easily be incorporated into my wardrobe.
Dressing up for a dinner date
Whether I’m going on a daytime walk or a dinner date, I stick to styles I love and feel confident wearing. Investing in quality brands and trying interesting silhouettes have always been an important cornerstone to my wardrobe, and that hasn’t changed post-lockdown. Oversized and slightly odd silhouettes are my forte and this voluminous dress ticks those boxes for me. If I’m styling a look that is all black, I like to have fun with accessories to give it some edge. This cute heart pendant from Pandora is a great focal point of this outfit, plus the romantic style hints that I’m at least a little excited for a special date night out with my boyfriend.
Packing for vacation
When I’m packing for a trip, linen dresses are my go-to vacation staple—they’re cool and comfortable and work perfectly in the city or on the beach. You also can’t go wrong with simple black sandals, which can easily feel dressed up when paired with a slick of red lipstick and a pretty necklace. Adding a charm to Pandora’s heart pendant is a subtle nod to the romantic look I often go for, but pairing together unexpected, contrasting metals is a perfect example of how I like to experiment with my style. I can dress quite romantically sometimes, and this outfit really reflects that.
Keeping it casual for brunch
A British summer forecast is usually rain, rain, a little bit of sun, and then more rain. So I’ll often look to a pair of sturdy boots as a sensible and easy-to-wear style solution. I stick to a stress-free approach to fashion, which is probably why I’m drawn to oversized dresses—they’re an instant outfit! However, a brunch date calls for a few finishing touches and Pandora’s charm bracelets are a fitting accessory for this kind of occasion. I like to get creative by mixing and matching different styles and layering multiple charms together on one bracelet. Charms are the perfect tool for expressing my personal style and add a unique twist to my look.
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