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How to dress for the British Summer Social Season

The British Social and Sports Event Calendar calls for clever clothing. In order to comply with even the strictest dress code, make sure you check in advance. May kicked off the Polo Season, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show was on, followed by Trooping The Colour, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, Lord's Cricket, the Henley Royal Regatta and of course the Lendy Cowes Week in August (to name just a few). The icing on the cake is this year's Royal Wedding. Add a few smaller scale weddings, graduations, birthdays and it may well be worth investing a few wardrobe icons this summer. 

An event like Royal Ascot requires good planning. Think you are looking great in a cold shoulder dress? Reconsider, because - should you be in the Royal or Queen Anne Enclosure - this is not an option. Skirts should fall just below the knee and your hat "must have a solid base of four inches or more". 

When visiting a polo game, flat to mid heeled shoes are a big plus when it comes to the tradition of divot stomping. Absolutely perfect to wear on lawn are wedges and platform sandals, as the heels don't get stuck in the ground while still adding the extra height. 

The key to a perfect outfit is a killer dress. Opt for an opulent version, and you should keep accessories to a minimum. This allows the dress to catch all the attention without distraction. 

If choosing a timeless classic or more subtle dress, the right choice of accessories is vital. Team with high heels and plenty of jewellery for a party nicht, or add a cashmere scarf for a more casual afternoon style. One dress can be worn in various styles. Simply dress up with heels and jewellery or dress down with sneakers and a denim jacket on top. 

Colours and fabrics are key to a polished look, so make sure to match shoes, bag, hat and other accessories to contrast a pretty dress. 

Don't forget to check the dress code before you attend an event.