Fashion with Isabel Kelly Column: It’s finally time to go ‘out out’

Professional stylist and fashion columnist Isabel Kelly shares outfits that range from the dressed up, to a more casual look…

With hopes that things are starting to get back to some kind of normality (and with fingers crossed that the weather is better), you may be considering going ‘out out’ for the first time, in a very long time!

Styling clients tends to fall into two camps when it comes to outfits for going out – either those that love getting dressed up and the chance to wear something special, or those that really don’t see what all the fuss is about and would live in jeans or joggers, whatever the occasion.

I’m a big believer in being comfortable but also feeling great in what you wear. It genuinely makes a huge difference to your mindset and I’m firmly in the ‘everything and the kitchen sink’ when it comes to getting dressed up!

So, with that in mind, here are four ideas for full on dressed up glamour, or pieces that will take you from day to night, if you prefer your going out look to be more casual.

First up is a showstopper of a dress from independent brand Delfi Collective, £445.

It’s true that it’s an investment piece, but this maxi-dress features a stunning baroque inspired Filagree floral print in a vibrant pink and red with puff sleeves, v-neck and a flattering cut for all body shapes.

The elastic waist allows for ultimate comfort too!

If you love the bright colours of the Delfi dress, but would like something from the High Street, this easy-to-wear red dress from Thought Clothing, £89.95, is a great option.

The cotton fabric means you’ll stay cool, and the shape and belt offer you a dress that you could easily dress up with heels or down with trainers and sandals – this is a beautiful all-rounder.

It wouldn’t be summer without classic gingham, and New Look have a great mini dress, £23.99, that will work with trainers, flats, or heels.

Give this outfit full on glamour with red lipstick, and matching accessories.

Finally, if you’re not keen on dresses but love to wear jeans and a nice top, then have a look at Reiss.

Their Nora spot top, £45, is crafted from chiffon fabric with velvet and metallic spots all over and would work with jeans, trousers, and skirts, giving you a versatile piece that will create lots of great outfits.

Outfits highlighted:

  1. Delfi Collective Sophia dress, £445 View online at twiin.store/collections/dresses/products/the-sophia-dress
  2. Thought Willa dress, £89.95 View online at www.johnlewis.com/thought-willa-straight-dress-paprika-red/p5463941
  3. New Look gingham mini dress, £23.99 View online at www.newlook.com/uk/womens/clothing/dresses/black-gingham-
    crinkle-shirred-mini-dress/p/692005109
  4. Reiss Nora top, £45 View online at www.reiss.com/p/spotted-one-shoulder-crop-top-womens-nora-in-black-metallic/

Isabel Kelly is a stylist and fashion writer. You can follow her on Instagram at @thewardrobeedituk or visit her website at www.thewardrobeedit.uk

This feature was published in the June and July 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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