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So you’ve RSVP-ed yes, now it’s time to curate an outfit worthy of the occasion. But what exactly does a black tie dress code involve? And how to stay on the right side of the ever-vague ‘smart casual’?

When it comes to dressing for your summer events (whether you’ve got invites to Ascot, Wimbledon or weddings of every variety) pro events stylist and fashion writer Alice Hare is here to give the answers to all your dress code dilemmas.

From ‘what hat to wear to the races?’ (without looking like an exotic bird), to how to make your outfit *both* head-turning and black tie-appropriate, and accessorising up your investment dress to make it multi-task for sweltering city weddings, casual countryside services and full-on destination weekends (we’ve all been there), we’ve rounded up the answers to any formalwear styling challenge this year’s event season will throw at you.

Plus, get a breakdown of all the latest SS24 trends for events dressing, from 80s-worthy shoulder pads to elaborate gothic florals!

What’s in your calendar this summer? 

I have a christening (my first God child!), a couple of days at Royal Ascot, my sister’s 30th, and my best friend’s wedding.

How do your prep for events season?

As soon as I receive an invitation, the stylist in me immediately starts planning the outfit. The process of putting together my outfit gets me in the headspace for the event and it’s a ritual that brings me such joy.

Far from being frivolous or silly, our clothes are hugely powerful. Wearing something you feel confident in can dictate whether you enjoy the event you’re attending.   

As a stylist – what are your top tips for building a standout event look? 

Summer events provide the perfect opportunity to indulge your more dramatic side. Accessories are any easy way to do this – they can revamp a dress you’ve had for years or worn several times already.

I adore a boater-style or super wide-brimmed hat for summer events. The drama of the hat’s wide shape is unapologetically bold and lends a Spanish-inspired elegance to any look. In a sea of fascinators, you’ll stand out for all the right reasons. I have my eye on Accessorize’s Isabella hatinator.

Isabella hatinator (orange), £80

What always goes in your clutch? 

Aside from the obvious (mobile, purse, etc.), my clutch contains: blister plasters, heel stoppers (a life-saver on grass and gravel), and a vintage-style fan for hot days (both practical and chic). I have a black boater hat that will perfectly match Accessorize’s £6 bargain fan.

Plain fan, £6

Favourite trends you’re seeing for SS24? 

Ditsy florals were usurped on the Spring/Summer catwalks this year by a darker, quasi-Gothic take on roses. Simone Rocha, for example, had real roses layered into tulle skirts. If a trip to the florist just to get dressed seems extreme, Accessorize have a gloriously intricate clutch bag adorned with a beaded rose to tap into the trend.

Beaded rose clutch, £50

And your least favourite? 

Metallics (usually the sole reserve of party season) were big on the SS catwalks, but it’s not a trend I’ll be taking up for summer. I still have flashbacks to nearly melting at Ascot last year in a faux leather, Quality-Street-style metallic dress. Beautiful on the catwalk, less beautiful when you stick to your seat on the tube.

What’s this season’s investment piece? 

The Row’s ‘Margaux’ bag has been dubbed ‘the New Birkin’, but the £5k price tag is a slight disadvantage. Accessorize’s soft shoulder bag is a great dupe, and it’s just £38. Jennifer Lawrence, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Harry Styles have all been spotted carrying the original.  

Tips for styling up the same outfit for different events?

Add a belt, tie a silk scarf around your neck as a choker, add some statement tights or change your hat, shoes, bag or jewellery. Consider the dress or suit your blank canvas, and the accessories the paint to make it look different each time you wear it.

Favourite wedding guest accessories this season? 

A huge earring is so elegant poking out from under the brim of a wide-brimmed hat and paired with a sleek low bun. I prefer ‘80s-style statement stud to a chandelier – they lend a retro glamour that’s feels modern and cool.

At the moment I’m also loving gloves. Last summer I wore a pair black lace pair with a red dress, black boater and gobstopper-size, bauble-style black earrings to a wedding and felt like the Flamenco dancer emoji. 

Sequin fan earrings, £12

What makes a best-dressed guest? 

Someone who isn’t afraid to make a statement. I have four sisters, and one of them detests event dressing. I’m trying to help her see that wearing a hat or a statement dress isn’t an exclusive club! Enjoying fashion is a democracy.

Event dressing also isn’t exclusively for people who like attention. It’s about harnessing the transformative, mood-changing power and theatre of clothes.  

What’s your go-to pieces in your styling kit?

Dressing clients for summer events requires me as a stylist to think in a different way to shoots. If I’m dressing a presenter for Ascot for example, I’d have to think about something they can wear all day.

My key tools are grips for the soles of shoes (stick them to the bottom of shoes to prevent slipping), body tape to hold necklines in place, nude seamless underwear, and stain remover wipes for small make-up spillages.

However my top and most secret tip is to buy cheap shoulder pads from Amazon to sew into your dresses. My favourite designer is Alessandra Rich and all her dresses have shoulder pads. I’m not talking huge, costume-style ones, just something to give the sleeve a beautiful, subtle puff. It’s an easy way to add dimension and shape to even a cheap dress.

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Good Coverage: The Scarf Guide

When it comes to the tricky transitional months – come rain or shine these scarves punch well above their weight.

Read our ultimate guide to scarves for winter, summer, and all forecasts in-between.  From oversized styles to silky squares that double up as hair bows, these are the scarves to have on your radar (and in your drawer) when refreshing your transitional wardrobe.  


The ultimate multitasker, a lightweight square silk scarf (or ‘foulard’) is a French girl fashion staple of for a reason.

Tie it around your ponytail, double it up as a headband, wear it tied loosely to the side (Parisian-style) or wrap it around your bag handles: the styling possibilities are endless. Featuring pretty patterns, florals and pops of pastel, these ones are the answer to your spring wardrobe refresh.


Need something with a little more coverage? With a pleat finish and enough length to double down on chillier days, these midweight spring scarves look just as good with your favourite jumper and jeans as they do with a midi dress and heeled boots.

Style up with statement jewellery, or down with loafers and loose silhouettes for off-duty days.


Fickle UK forecasts call for an all-rounder (and all-weather) scarf. Our pick? These colourful, supersoft blankets.

A classic check print is a crowd pleaser that will never go out of style, but when it comes to following the trends – spring greens are making way for neons and bright pastels. Fling around your shoulders to keep the chill at bay for al fresco drinks, or add them to your outerwear for a pop of colour.

Suit yourself: Swimwear for every shape

Your perfect silhouette is just a scroll away. Whatever your shape, these new season swimwear cuts, colours and combinations are here to make you feel amazing in and out of the water through summer, and for all your holiday plans.

Not sure where to start? Let us break it down for you in our guide to bikinis and swimsuits for every shape.  


Meet the most flattering swimsuit you’ll ever own (yes, really). These silhouettes and cuts are perfect for you if you’re looking for swimwear with some built-in tummy support.

Add definition to your waist with prints, ties or a touch of texture, and you’re ready to go.  


If underwiring = unappealing we’ve got you covered. From plunging to triangle, top off your poolside look with these small-boob friendly bikini tops.

Pair with pops of pattern, a nautical stripe or an XXL beach basket, and pretend you’re in St Tropez.


Not all big boobs require extra-strength support. But for a little more security, this twist-front bikini has your back (and front), with the bonus of thicker straps that can be removed to turn it into a bandeau.

For a more breezy-and-boho take, a wide band is your best friend to keep your bust supported and pool party-ready at all times. We love this festival-feel Ricrac detail set, with high-cut bottoms to match. 


‘What is Bambi pose?’ We hear you ask. Basically, exactly what it sounds like: an Instagram trend where you sit with your thighs over your calves like a baby deer.

Universally the best way to show off your swimwear, if you plan to give it a go – pick a bikini worth showing off. This one-shoulder pastel pink style ticks all the boxes for pretty and practical, while this belted two-tone swimsuit taps into the retro revival.

Life’s a beach, and so are these bags

Sunscreen splotches, wet swimwear and sand on everything are a thing of the past – as an everyday staple of your summer wardrobe, your beach bag deserves to be just as on-trend as your swimwear.

From statement stripes to easy-and-effortless raffia the everyday beach bag has had an upgrade in 2024. Meet the beach bags, totes and baskets that put the holiday in everyday.


Best worn: breezing through Provencal streets in a sundress after lunchtime rosés (but it’ll also do for a trip to the park). Raffias, jutes and all things woven take the prize every season for most versatile staple, and these new season silhouettes are no exception.

Round, crossbody, slouchy or oversized: there’s a shape to go with every spring plan in your diary. Just add to breezy prints, bare shoulders and head-to-toe linen. *Chef’s kiss*


Introducing the beach bag equivalent of morning sunshine. An antidote to any rainy day, these totes turn every hour into Happy Hour.


Ready to earn your style stripes?

The ultimate work-hard play-hard pattern, this season’s take on stripe totes are the dream solution to office-to-off-duty dressing. Add to boxy tailoring to win Best Dressed Employee Of The Month, and dress down with pastels and Pimms come Friday afternoon.


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The ABCs of Jewellery Stacking

Ready to learn the jewellery layering secrets of the style insiders? The obsession for stacking is showing no signs of slowing down, and thanks to our gold-plated and sterling silver collection of layerable earrings, necklaces and bracelets there’s never been a better time to get to grips with the ABCs of stacking.

From minimal ear stacks to layering necklace lengths and mixing and matching chains; learn how to make effortless stacking part of your everyday look.

A is for Arm Stacks

From boho beads to the classic tennis chain, the bracelet is a true stacking chameleon. We love mixing sterling silver with premium gold-plated designs from the Z collection for a look that can be dressed up or down for every occasion.

B is for Birthstones

A healing stone or birthstone is the perfect way to add extra meaning to your stack. Explore our semi-precious stones to incorporate a personal twist into your stacks that you can keep close at all times.

C is for Chains

Curating the perfect chain combination is the key to a necklace stack of your dreams. From snake chains to chunkier links, ropes and fine chains, start with two or three lightweight chains, and mix with a maximum of one or two heavyweight styles to keep your necklace stack balanced and clean.

Don’t forget to vary lengths with short, midi and maxi-length chains.  To draw the eye and bring dimension to your stack, add talismans, initials, discs or micro-pendants. Or make it totally your own with an initial necklace.

D is for Dainty Stacks

A natural companion to the Clean Girl Aesthetic trend sweeping TikTok, the dainty stack is your best friend when it comes to bringing polish to smart casual styling.

To achieve a more minimal aesthetic in your stack, stick exclusively to either sterling silver or real 14ct gold-plated. Plain studs, hoops, bracelets and chains from our Z and Sterling Silver range are made to be layered up together for a daintier look, while moments of detail can be added with a small motif like a minimal shell pendant or flower stud.

E is for Ear Stacking

Hoop earrings are high on the must-buy list, but when it comes to layering up several in one go, opt for mini huggies in slim and slender shapes to balance out your ears.

A plain gold or silver hoop makes instantly makes sparkling studs more daytime friendly (and transitions easily to evenings). Chunky gold drop-styles like these ones have soared to the top of the trend list, and look great paired up with plain studs, a crisp white shirt and your favourite jeans.

F is for Flawless Fingers

We can’t get enough of a stacking ring set (especially these). Mix and match to your hearts (and hands) desire; when it comes to ring stacking more is more and texture, shapes and gems are the key to layering up a more eclectic look.

Micro-gems and skinny rings look great stacked next to each other if you opt for several rings on one finger – we love pearls, beads and cubic zirconia for a touch of sparkle. After a more minimal look? Try combining plain gold or silver rings with twisted rope texture rings or asymmetric hammered metals for laidback luxe.

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5 of the Cosiest Winter Accessories

If there was one word to describe our cold-weather dressing mood it would be cosy and that’s why we are all about these winter accessories. 

 Whether you’re meeting friends for an outdoor hang or popping to the shops for some essentials, these accessories will make you feel like you’ve made an effort to leave the house.


Bucket Hats & Berets

Lockdown 1.0 was defined by Tiger King, lockdown 2.0 saw Emily in Paris take over Instagram, group chats and fashion searches. The good news is we have plenty of bucket hats and berets to make sure your look is très chic (and anything but basic!) 

Hats off to Paris


Blanket Scarves

We get it, making plans with friends at the park or beer garden mid-winter is … unheard of. But new rules & regulations means getting creative and it also means making sure you’re warm – enter, the blanket scarf. Cute for the commute and then cosy for the destination. 

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Never did I ever think I’d have a meeting with my CEO in my slippers, but, in a recent Zoom meeting, each and every one of us admitted to having our slippers on. Better do it in style then, right?

Slip into something comfy


Leopard, anything

Not an accessory as such, but this wild child is not going anywhere. From bags and scarves to need-to-have face coverings leopard is without a doubt our best seller.

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What is gold vermeil (and why are we obsessed?)

At Accessorize we’re all about offering you on-trend pieces that can be stacked and styled to show off your unique style. The latest ‘we want one of each’ arrival is our collection of gold vermeil. 

What is Gold Vermeil?

Gold vermeil (ver-may) is a century-old technique that gives you the look of solid gold, without the price tag! Think, a level up from gold plating. 

A thick layer (minimum of 3 microns) of 14k gold is applied over sterling silver to create forever favourites. 

It’s becoming more and more popular as IT-girls and fashion houses alike look for on-trend, and affordable, gold jewellery. 

So, why are we (and everyone else) so obsessed?

Not only do these pieces last the seasons, but they are the kind of things you can wear every day for an effortlessly cool look. Think, Zoom meeting in 2 minutes and you’ve snoozed your alarm 3 times … simply pop your hair in a top knot, drape on a chain and stack up some earrings – done! (No one will know you literally crawled from bed to your desk). 

The ease is just one of the reasons we love gold vermeil, of course. We are also all about that extra luxe feeling, cause we all deserve that! This range features semi-precious white topaz stones – shine bright like a diamond without the price tag!

So, enough talking. Because these pieces can convince you themselves!

Wear it everywhere, every day. Whether you’re after simple studs, hoops or chain – there’s that. We’ve also got the coveted initial necklaces (perfect gifts, right?!)


If you’re looking shine bright like the night sky, our celestial-inspired pieces are the perfect fit. 

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Leather Sandal Styles You’ll See Everywhere

Summer love like Sandy and Danny in Grease rarely exists, but that’s ok, we’ve found our summer sole-mate with these leather sandals.

Simple yet stylish. Comfy yet cool. These sandals tick the boxes of plenty of 2020s sandal trends – from a pastel hue to strappy and sophisticated styles. They’re a fashion-forward take on your go-to shoe of the summer, the flip flop. They’re easy to slide on but look just as at home on the beach as they do in the office or out for dinner. 

These leather sandals will make sure you step out in style.

Working on your tan

Whether you’re channelling J-Lo in the Leaf Print Belted Swimsuit or embracing the neutrals trend with the Tiered Maxi Dress, The Seville Twist Tan Sandals are the ideal pair (sorry, shoe puns are just too easy!)


Knot your average leather sandal

One pair of shoes, two stylish outfits. The Perth Pink Sandals make the Beach Shirt Dress effortlessly chic,  while dressing up the Off-Shoulder Cotton Dress ready for a night of dancing. 



Slide into summer

Whether it’s a scorching day or a cooler evening, The Seville Twist White Sandals will complete any look.  Explore the beach, or the city during a staycation, in comfort in the Wide Leg Beach Trousers. Then, take them for an evening stroll with the Puff-Sleeved Polka Dot Maxi, perfect for a night of Italian cuisine. 


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Mane Attraction: How to wear a Hairband

A bad hair day can well and truly make or break a day (and night) especially if it’s a special occasion! So, how do you style the perfect bun? We’ve got you covered with an easy to recreate hair tutorial – complete with our pick of stunning accessories, of course. 

We ventured to Duck and Dry’s Soho salon to create some hair tutorials to inspire your next look. Next up, new ways to style on-trend hairbands.



Curl hair with a curling iron, twisting in alternate ways to create beautiful bounce! Brush out curls and spray with a light-weight hairspray to create a oh-so-lovely blow dry look.

Place a bold hairband into the waves, leaving hair to frame your face. Our top pick is the Beaded Polka Dot Hairband (It’s also available in black!)


Change it up by pulling your hair back from your face, we love the Crochet Knot Hairband for this look. 


Take it to the next level with a catwalk-inspired look and stack multiple hairbands – the more the merrier! The trick is to play with size and colour – we reach for a smaller band like the Freshwater Pearl Headband with bigger and bolder bands like the Black Velvet Sparkle Headband and Ruched Velvet Headband.


Feeling inspired? Watch the full tutorial here.


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The Perfect Accessories, No Matter Your NYE Plans

New Year’s Eve, you either love it or you feel pretty meh about it. Either way, you’re likely thinking about your outfit and hoping to make an impression as you welcome in the new year. 

Whether your festive season revolves around the New Year or whether you’re already adding to your Netflix queue, we’ve got the perfect accessories to make your outfit New Year’s ready.


A Golden Night Out

You’re going out-out, so you may as well go all out. Welcome the start of a new decade with as much sparkle and shine as you can muster, with the shimmering jewellery and hair accessories that make a statement like the Sparkle Diamante Padded Headband and the Rosie Embellished Clutch Bag. Whatever you do, don’t underestimate the cold! Arrive and leave in style (and warmth) with the Pearl Embellished Beanie and Wool Gloves, you’re welcome.


A Cosy Night In 


We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, going out is the new staying in! That doesn’t mean you can’t dress up, you just get to do it in a much cosier way. The Luxe Faux Fur Slider Slippers are your perfect party plus one – paired with fun socks like the Foil Star Cropped Socks, of course. Dress up your locks with some on-trend and clips accessories like the Mottled Resin Hair Clips. And as the clock strikes midnight, roll straight into bed! 


A Sparkling House Party

If ever there was an occasion that caused everyone to send a ‘what are you wearing’ text it was definitely a house party. It’s a fine balance between PJ chic and over dressed, which is why we’ve got a few pieces to help you out. Dress up your ‘jeans and nice top’ outfit with some glittering accessories, like the Sparkle Stacking Sets Rings or the Mary Jane Sparkly Collar. The Lightweight Metallic Scarf is the perfect plus one, ideal should the party head outside for the fireworks. One of the best things about a house party is that shoes are optional, so bring some razzle dazzle with the Ribbed Sparkle Ankle Socks.


A New Year’s Vacation

If you’re ringing in the new year somewhere new, we’ve got a few things that should be on your packing list. First up, the perfect case that is not too big and not too small, our Quilted Suitcase is Goldilocks approved. Find the perfect cabin buddy in the Sienna Quilted Backpack or the Harri Quilted Weekender Bag, and ensure your makeup is happily stowed in the Nicky Makeup Bag (in your checked in luggage, of course). Snuggle up with the Take Me Everywhere blanket scarf come blanket and ensure you travel in first class (at least in the style stakes.) Happy travels!



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Perfect Party Looks to Try This Season Based on Your Star Sign  

Your diary is likely stacking up with places to be and people to see. After all, party season is upon us.

It can become tiresome finding new things to wear, which is why the perfect accessory can make an outfit (and a night). To make your choice a little easier, we’ve found the perfect look for you depending on your star sign. So, whether you read your star sign every so often or religiously live your life dependent on your sign, see what your pieces will ensure you have a look ready to dance all night.


Capricorns are simple and sophisticated, so their perfect plus one is the Shell Embellished Mini Duffle – it’s practical and oh-so-pretty. Pair it with the Clip on Billie Statement Drop Earrings for a polished party look.


Trendy, quirky and a lover of statement pieces, the Aquarius party-goer is ready for the spotlight with the Natalie Gem Collar Necklace. They’ll let their sparkly side shine with the Rosie Embellished Clutch Bag.  


Free-spirited and a hopeless romantic, you can count on a Pisces to pick the best music at every party. Their party-look tends to be whimsical yet still on-trend, so the Diamante Glitter Hardcase Clutch Bag and Velvet Bead Wide Knot Alice Band are perfect. 


A firey sign, Aries are known for their bold personality. So, what better than the Snake Foldover Clutch paired with some shimmering bracelets like the Cupchain Bead Stretch Bracelets – the more the better.


Taurus are likely to sparkle brighter than the disco ball at any and every party, so it’s no surprise their favourite accessories are adorned with sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle, like the Reece Rainbow Sequinned Clutch Bag and the Billie Statement Drop Earrings.


Everything is better in twos where Gemini is concerned. Aptly symbolised by celestial twins, double up the glam with the Rectangle Sparkle Hair Clips, worn together, of course. Turn up the sparkle with the Sparkle Foldover Clutch.


Another sophisticated sign, Cancer loves feminine and soft silhouettes and shapes and love an elegant wrap, like the All Over Metalic Stole. They’re also all over the pearl trend, of course, think the Pearl Collar Necklace.


Incredibly passionate and fans of all things bold and brilliant, Leos are the first at the party and the last on the dance floor. They love a bag as bold as them, like the Freya Crystal Drop Ring Handle Clutch Bag and the Leopard Foldover Clutch.


There’s nothing a Virgo loves more than finding the perfectly polished finishing touch, the prettier the better. Needless to say you’ll see them finishing off every look with the perfect hairband, like the Flower Gem Alice Hair Band. Add some extra sparkle with the Georgia Holographic Leather Quilted Bag.


All about balance, Libra will party hard but be in bed in time to get 8 hours sleep. Their party style is also the perfect balance of edgy and feminine, like the Cassie Pearl Collar Necklace and the Embellished Cocktail Scarf.


For a Scorpio, it’s all or nothing. So it’s no surprise they are lovers of the crystal drenching trend – think more is more like layering the Blue Stone Ornate Cocktail Ring and Marilyn Crystal Deco Cocktail Ring. Also, mix and match with the Kylie Clip on Short Drop Earrings and the Rave Behave Slinky Drop Earrings.


You’ll see these folk at every party – chances are they’ve ticked off all the main festivals this year, as well. They live large, in style, and need something that will take them from one party to another, like Faux Fur Tippet paired with the oh-so-sparkly Chainmail Zip Top Clutch Bag.


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Design Stories: The Whimsy and Wonderful Pearl Embellished Knits

Perfect pearls make our winter warmers even more irresistible. We speak to the talented members of our in-house studio team in London about our greatest knits.

Here’s your exclusive behind-the-scenes look…


The Inspiration

“We were inspired by all the beautiful embellished pieces we had seen on the catwalks and wanted to translate this ‘more is more’ trend into some great easy to wear pieces for the Christmas season. We loved the idea of bringing the feeling of dressing up and fun to everyday items.

We hope these pieces bring sparkle and a smile to the everyday for our customers.”


The Design Process

“The most exciting part of the process for me is translating trend into easy to wear great product. I love working with our suppliers to get the product just right, from the initial design briefing to perfecting the fit and the materials we use.

The best thing is seeing your ideas turn into a reality – Especially spotting the final pieces being worn by all kinds of different women! I love nothing more than seeing a customer who has styled their look in a great way with one of our  pieces.”


The Collection

“We love the way these pieces enable you to add a real feeling of fun and dressing up to your winter wardrobe. Staying cosy doesn’t have to mean you can’t still be dressed up – We love the way these pieces bring the party to winter looks!”


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