Discover the key to dressy-casual style with these tips and hot buys …
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Mix and match
Not ready for a full suit? Mix and match suiting as separates. See Lucy Williams in this corsage waistcoat paired with dark-wash jeans as a low-key case in point.
Grey check wool-blend waistcoat, €39.99, at Mango.
Try a bow
A festive bow, whether it comes as part of a jacket or is a XL style you wear in your hair, is a shortcut to looking festive. The key to wearing it this early in the season is to pair it with an otherwise casual look: think jeans, a collarless bouclé jacket and a pair of seasonal kitten heels.
Black XL bow, from €40.10; www.rwdcph.com.
Keep it business on top
A sedate item worn on top – such as a black blazer or grey knit – is the perfect to a busy skirt with a striking detail such as pleating, or a dramatic, full shape. Designers are answering the call for high-low dressing by combining the two in one dress also – see the Simkhai dress below.
Black Ambretta dress, €750; www.simkhai.com.
Try silver jewellery
Pair a white shirt with striking silver jewellery. Not only does silver feel like an interesting point of difference to the gold tones and diamanté details that are everywhere this time of year, a simple white shirt makes the look unfussy and contemporary.
Sterling silver Camille earrings, €170; www.lie-studio.com.
Add tights and flat shoes to a sparkling dress or skirt for a look that is suitably dressy-casual for November. Finish by throwing on an oversized blazer or jacket.
Black semi-sheer polka dot tights, €35, at COS.