What To Wear To A Garden Party


How To Look Pretty At A Summer Garden Party

The summer is in full swing right now and it’s absolutely boiling, but with that comes an influx in outdoor activities and one of my favourites is the summer garden party! There’s many different types of garden parties that you can attend and some of those include water, while others are more of a classy, sophisticated experience such as a BBQ with iced teas. Any of them are bound to be blast, but when it comes to choosing the perfect outfit for your chosen event, what do you even wear? It can be tough to narrow your ideas down and choose a dress that’s perfect, but I think I have done just that with my wonderful collaboration with House of Fraser – one of my favourite department stores.

As I wanted to style a look centered around an evening garden party, I chose this absolutely stunning embroidered midi dress from Chi Chi London and I think it couldn’t be more perfect if it tried. I’m thinking party cakes, sweet teas, elegant BBQ food and gentle jazz music while everyone enjoys themselves of an evening, what could be better than this dress? It’s feminine, classy, girly, cute, all while being intricately detailed and flattering to the figure. The pastel, blush pink shade is a hue that I always gravitate towards now as it’s incredibly complementary to my skin tone, and the little embroidered flowers in pastel green and pink just make it divine. I couldn’t stop staring at the dress as soon as I received it, especially as the back of it has a beautiful button up fastening that hugs the contours of your back nicely (a feature you know I like from my chosen wedding dress).

To maintain the simplicity of this garden party ensemble, I only went for minimal accessories. I chose the Infinity & Co. Sophia Cuff in Silver which looks sparkly and dainty, perfect to adorn the wrist in an elegant way, and then opted for my Lulu Guinness Lips Clutch as I thought it would add a touch of colour, youth and flirtatiousness to the overall ensemble. I finished it off with a pair of nude suede high heels as I thought they lengthened my legs and gave a great shape all round.

There were many House of Fraser dresses that I could have chosen from, and narrowing the selection down was quite tough actually as there were lots that I loved. I was thinking of going down the wrap dresses route as I often find them incredibly flattering to an hourglass figure, but as soon as I spotted this one by Chi Chi London, I was sold! The 3/4 length net sleeves that are connected to the sweetheart mesh neckline are so dainty, but they help to conceal any problem areas if you’re worried about your upper arms. The bodice itself hugs and contours your waist due to the buttons at the back, then it fans out into a gorgeous tulle skirt with lots of netting and under slip to keep it modest and floaty. It definitely creates a beautiful silhouette and that’s just what you want during the evening sunlight as the golden hour is going to be incredibly flattering on you.

I personally styled my hair in soft curls as I thought it would be ideal with this Chi Chi London embroidered midi dress and would be the right balance for a garden party. I recently had it done with a natural blonde balayage and it couldn’t have come at a better time! I think keeping your make-up simple is key too, so I went with a soft brown eyeshadow which I smudged, and a pale coral pink lip gloss, to complement the blush tones of the dress.

Now my tips for those of you wondering what to wear to a summer garden party, if you don’t want an embroidered midi dress like this, you could always choose a maxi dress as it gives a lot more coverage, plus you can get some stunning designs that would make you the focal point of the evening, in fact, they even do a very similar dress in a full length version which could be a great option if you love the style and look. Always opt for a dress that flatters your figure though and isn’t too overwhelming with print or colour. The best advice for a garden party is to keep it within the floral theme, embroidered, blush tones, simple and feminine. Dresses that flatter your waist are ideal as an hourglass look is often sought after, but the biggest tip for anyone is that you have to feel beautiful in it. You need to feel confident and be comfortable as this shows through in your expressions all night. If you’re feeling insecure or not confident in the chosen dress, don’t wear it. Always choose one that you feel like you look a million dollars in – you will feel great all night!

So, this is my garden party dress outfit in collaboration with House of Fraser and I absolutely love how it turned out! I think the location is ideal too as the sunlight and farm house really highlight areas, all while giving the photos more of a vintage vibe. Please do let me know what you think of this outfit and I would love to know what type of dresses you wear to garden parties! Lorna xx.

– I am excited to share this carefully selected collaboration with House of Fraser with you.


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