Jacques Vert Group Dress Up for Summer

Summer is the season of the occasion, of weddings and tennis, of special events at the polo, the races, Henley Royal Regatta, maybe even a chance of an invite into the Royal Enclosure. All of this means that Summer is truly dress up season, a time when you need no excuse to don your most ostentatious hat and best dress.

The brands of the Jacques Vert group are experts in designing clothes that suit an occasion, along with a range of accessories to complete the look. Kaliko, Jacques Vert and Precis Petite are just full of beautiful pieces that combine style and elegance with the sort of modest pieces you need if you are to set the right tone and follow the dress code correctly.

I have been looking through the outfits that have been put together, and have chosen my favourites. These outfits have been put together for a specific event, but you could easily use them to adapt to your own special summer occasion.


Look 1

Silver Ring, Royal Ascot

What the Jacques Vert Group say – “The Silver Ring is the most informal area of Royal Ascot. It has a fairly relaxed dress code, but we say you should enjoy the excuse to get all dressed up! We recommend a stylish dress and co-ordinating fascinator for a sophisticated look.”


To get the look from Kaliko, click here

What I say

Angelina Jolie classic chic in an instant!

Angelina looks so chic in this white suit

Angelina looks so chic in this white suit

Look 2

Grandstand Admission, Royal Ascot

What Jacques Vert say “Grandstand Admission requires elegant daywear and is more formal than the Silver Ring. You are required to wear a race day hat or headpiece at all times, but don’t let this put you off. Precis Petite and Jacques Vert have a fabulous selection of elegant hats and fascinators to suit all styles.”


Get the look from Precis Petite – click here.

What I say

Queen of the wedding guests Pippa Middleton rocks this kind of outfit, mixing bright colours with monochrome.

51c6fc08b85c66e6d77e4dbb380c6b53Look 3

Luncheon at Wimbledon

What Jacques Vert say: “Wimbledon has no formal dress code, however if you are having lunch at one of the restaurant areas then an elegant occasion outfit would not go amiss. Choose a feminine prom dress to make you feel confident and dressed up.”


Get the look at Kaliko, click here.

What I say

I love this so much! What a way to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn.

One of Audrey Hepburn's most iconic looks

One of Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic looks

Look 4

Royal Enclosure, Royal Ascot

What Jacques Vert say – “The Royal Enclosure is the most formal area at Royal Ascot, and the dress code is elegant, formal daywear. Your shoulders and knees should be covered, and hats must be worn at all times. We have a fabulous selection of hats and headpieces, including a range by royal milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan.”


To get the look from Jacques Vert, click here.

What I say.

It’s blue and it’s lace – Duchess Kate would just love this look!

Kate Middleton just loves blue lace and wears it a lot.

Kate Middleton just loves blue lace and wears it a lot.

To view all the Jacques Vert occasion wear, click here.

Reviewed – Gina Bacconi Lace and Velvet Dress

A few years ago I went on a fabulous cruise with my husband and family. There were a couple of formal, black tie events taking place whilst we were on board, events that called for a special evening gown. Now, I’d given birth just 8 months earlier and was not feeling particularly glam or body confident, so I needed a dress that would make me feel beautiful, if only for a night. The brand I turned to was Gina Bacconi, a brand who understand about glamour and can dress curvy figures. I have to say I loved my dress and how it made me feel.


294763_118673321564111_4187181_nFlash forward five years and Gina Bacconi is still a go-to brand when you need something really special for an event, ball or a black tie occasion. And so, this weekend, I was calling on the brand once again when I was asked to judge the best dressed lady and best hat at the Ladies Evening at Wolverhampton Race course. I wanted a dress that was elegant and glamorous, but also functional – I was going to be walking pretty much the whole of the venue in order to spot the best dressed ladies, so it need to be something I was comfortable in, and could walk in. This ruled out anything super tight, or a floor sweeping maxi. I also wanted something that had a classic look – a dress that I can wear time and time again for special occasions – so nothing too ‘fashion’. Gina Bacconi sent me the perfect dress.

Click to visit Shubette

Click to visit Shubette

The dress I chose was the lace and velvet dress. This is black lace, with a velvet cumberband detail across the back, and a champagne coloured underlayer. The dress has a shift style shape and sits just above the knee on me (I’m 5ft 7inches), with a comfortable, cap sleeve. I liked that this dress had a classic look, and that it reminded me of the sophisticated styles worn by the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton, styles that seem to fit a whole host of occasions.

Dress Gina Bacconi
Shoes Melissa Vivienne Westwood (similar here)
Fascinator Debenhams (similar here)


DSCN9046This dress was really easy to wear. It has a zip at the back, but because the dress contains an element of stretch in the fabric (10% elastane), I could actually put this on without needing to undo the zip, which is good news if you struggle with zips at the back. I teamed the dress with black accessories, with a single colour block coming from the red shoes. These were from my favourite designer, Vivienne Westwood and Melissa, and I chose red, but I pretty much think any coloured, heeled shoes would have the same effect of just lifting the look.




I had a wonderful night at Wolverhampton Racecourse, and my lovely dress just added to the occasion, making it a very special and memorable night.

*I was gifted the dress from Gina Bacconi for an honest review.


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Occasion Dressing with Esprit

Last week I received a very exciting email that left me a little bit shocked and flustered, and asking that age-old question ‘What will I wear?’ I was asked if I would like to be a judge for Ladies Day at Wolverhampton Races. Of course, the answer was an immediate yes, what an absolute honour to even be considered for the role. But now comes the task of choosing a perfect outfit for the occasion. I have just over a month to choose something, so the hunt starts now.

Now, I have said the event is ladies day, but actually it starts in the early evening, and goes on well into the night, which means the outfit will need to be more glamorous than something you would actually wear in daytime. But I have found a host of dresses that may be just perfect, from a label that I usually associate with daytime wear, Esprit.

I have been wearing Esprit for a few years now, I often pop into their store when visiting Central London, and I have one particular boyfriend cardigan from the brand that I live in come winter. But it is not necessarily the first place I turn when looking for evening or occasion wear, and that is a fashion fail on my part, because they currently have some dresses that can only be described as amazing.

I have picked out a few dresses that I think have the wow! factor, and could be definite contenders for my big night out at the races.

Dress 1 – The Embroidered Mesh dress

Long sleeves, acres of lace, a beautiful shade of blue – what is not to love about this dress? Walking around the enclosure to look at the outfits on show may be a chilly business on a September evening, so this may well be just perfect.

 embroidered mesh dress £ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

embroidered mesh dress
£ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

Look 2 – Floaty Lace-trimmed Crepe Dress

A little black dress is a safe option, but it is always chic and elegant. I love the that the lace detail is actually in a leopard print design, just adding an edge.

 floaty lace-trimmed crêpe dress £ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

floaty lace-trimmed crêpe dress
£ 75.00 click to visit Esprit

Look 3 – Cocktail and Party Dresses.

Any dress that is in a shade described as ‘dragon blue’ definitely has to be looked at carefully, and when that dress is stretchy too, leaving extra space for Champagne, then it has to be a contender.

 Cocktail & party dresses £ 59.00 click to visit Esprit

Cocktail & party dresses
£ 59.00 click to visit Esprit

Look 4 – The Maxi dress

A maxi dress is always a good option for a day to evening, and this one is such a lovely shade of blue, and also has a bit of sparkle that will make it a real showstopper.

 decoratively beaded stretch maxi dress £ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

decoratively beaded stretch maxi dress
£ 99.00 click to visit Esprit

What do you think of my picks – what would you wear?