What to Wear to a Garden Party

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To quote Miranda Priestly, Florals for Spring. Groundbreaking… but you know what Miranda it’s not groundbreaking we are after. No, no, when it comes to dressing for occasions there is a fine line between pushing boundaries and hurling yourself way over them. When the invite drops on your {virtual} doormat like ours did for Monsoon‘s Garden Party, you know that you want to be looking the bees knees, seriously stylish to match your mini scotch egg and glass of bubbly, but groundbreaking is not what you want.

 

 

 

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For a garden party {or such like} where the dress code is usually not so formal we like to go for a smart~casual, laid back feel {also known as Smasual if you like} The long fluid lines echoing the 70’s are what we are loving right now and if the weather is looking a little temperamental {c’mon, this is Great Britain after all} adding some warming length in a maxi dress or longer full length sleeves won’t make you feel totally exposed to the elements.
We got to practice what we preach last week when we went to the absolutely stunning Petersham Nurseries with Monsoon for their Secret Garden Party where we watched basket bags being hand painted {such a fab idea, wish we had come up with that} and were taught how to make nice but not naughty mocktails from the team at SipSmith. We both wafted around in botanical beauties, Alice wearing this delicate ruffled maxi dress and Hannah in this light as air midi kaftan, both worn with layers and layers of jewellery and neutral accessories.
If your Garden Party invite is anything like ours, there will probably be some grass or uneven cobbles underfoot for such horticultural events so we would always opt for a wedge or block heel to above tottering, tumbling or plain old falling arse over ***. Espadrilles wedges are still going strong or opt for a Mary Jane chunky low heel = no sinking stilettos here.
So there you have our take on What to Wear to A Garden Party: Smasual floaty florals to match your Pimms perfectly.
Take that Priestly.

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Alice wears dress by Monsoon, bag by See by Chloé, shoes by Unisa {similar here}, sunglasses by Mango, ring necklaces by Posh Totty via NotonTheHighStreet

Hannah wears dress by Monsoon, bag by Chloé {similar here}, shoes by Jimmy Choo {similar here}, earrings by Accessorize, ring necklaces by Posh Totty via NotonTheHighStreet, sunglasses by Dorothy Perkins

 

Here are a few more of Monsoon’s delightful, party perfect offering. One of each please!

 

 

 

 

This post is in collaboration with Monsoon. All styling and words are our own

 

 

 

 

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