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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.



Friday Fashion – Duchess Kate and more looks from the New Zealand Tour

I have to say I am loving the range of looks that Kate Middleton has been wearing on the Royal Tour of New Zealand. Even though, yet again, she has been criticised for playing it safe, and even ‘looking like an air hostess’, I think Kate has been showcasing a great range of British fashion, wearing two of her favourite designers in Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen. There have also been a nod to trend, with vibrant blue and midi lengths being part of the look.

 

Alexander McQueen

For a visit to the Blenheim War Memorial Kate wore an Alexander McQueen bespoke frock coat in the most gorgeous shade of Periwinkle blue. This is one of my favourite Kate looks of all time, not least because I think her hair looks fabulous in this jaunty, 1950s style pony tail. Once again I think Kate is taking inspiration from the past – this frock coat is has quite a 40s feel, almost a utility style, but in that rich blue shade, Kate looks just beautiful. A total hit from my point of view.

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Kate-Middleton-Alexander-McQueen-coat-600x835I think Sarah Burton and Alexander McQueen are a great fit, although the more fanciful, dramatic elements of McQueen design are toned down for the Duchess. Selfridges has just had a new drop of McQueen styles, some of which would be perfect for Kate, and I do wonder whether we will see any of these looks, albeit in some bespoke, unique form?

Kate could definitely wear these.

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Engineered stretch-knit dress £1,125 click to visit Selfridges

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Engineered stretch-knit dress
£1,125 click to visit Selfridges

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Two-tone dress £1,265 click to visit Selfridges

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Two-tone dress £1,265 click to visit Selfridges

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Monochrome print stretch-knit dress £995 click to visit Selfridges

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Monochrome print stretch-knit dress £995 click to visit Selfridges

 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Sweetheart crepe gown £1,395 click to visit Selfridges

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Sweetheart crepe gown £1,395 click to visit Selfridges

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham is another favourite for Duchess Kate, particularly for evening occasions.  For a state reception at Government House, Kate turned once again to the designer. In elegant black and silver, Kate looked stunning. This dress had a boat style neckline, with a silver-embroidered fern across one shoulder. Midi length, this reminded me of styles from both the 1930s Hollywood films, and from the 1970s cocktail hour looks. It also reminded me of a memorable Charlize Theron look.

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Inspiration

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

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Victoria Beckham

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Kay Francis

Kay Francis

Jenny Packham at Debenhams

Designer navy pleated embellished dress £140 click to visit Debenhams

Designer navy pleated embellished dress £140 click to visit Debenhams

Designer dark blue lace sequinned shift dress £130 click to visit Debenhams

Designer dark blue lace sequinned shift dress £130 click to visit Debenhams

Designer navy embellished shoulder midi dress £99 click to visit Debenhams

Designer navy embellished shoulder midi dress £99 click to visit Debenhams

 

What do you think of Kate’s looks so far?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate wears Tory Burch for a visit to Plunket

Prince George may well have stolen the show, as well as toys belonging to other babies, but Duchess Kate showed, once again, her impeccable fashion credentials during a visit to Plunket, a New Zealand well baby programme, on the second day of the Royal Tour. Opting for a stylish, yet practical option, Kate was able to get down on the floor and play with the baby prince, whilst looking cool and elegant – and that is no mean feat.

146027The monochrome, graphic print dress that Kate wore was the Paulina dress from American designer Tory Burch. I’m not sure if Kate has ever worn Tory Burch clothing before, the designer is better known for her accessories and highly coveted flat shoes, but sister Pippa is certainly a fan, and has worn Tory Burch pieces on many occasions.

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pippa-middleton1-zThe Paulina dress that Kate chose was another perfect choice. Short sleeved, and in a soft, open knit, the stretch allowed the Duchess to sit and play on the floor with the adorable baby prince. A simple, elegant design, the pattern assured that minimal accessories were needed. The dress is available at Net-a-Porter (although it currently says all sizes will be available soon at the moment).

 Tory Burch Paulina open-knit dress £390 click to visit Net-A-Porter


Tory Burch
Paulina open-knit dress
£390
click to visit Net-A-Porter

Print dresses are a great way to tap into pattern, and are versatile enough for any occasion. You can add a blazer and heels, or a denim jacket and flat ballerina pumps, to get two very different, and yet effective, stylish and totally wearable looks. There are some great print dresses on the High Street and internet at the moment, as these are also a perfect transitional piece.

Get the look – Print dresses

 Isla Print Day Dress Item No 060/032257/244 / Price £89.00 click to visit Kaliko Fashion


Isla Print Day Dress
Item No 060/032257/244 /
Price £89.00 click to visit Kaliko Fashion

 Silk Honour Print Dress Item No 060/031894/241 / Was £149.00 Now £75.00 click to visit Kaliko


Silk Honour Print Dress
Item No 060/031894/241 /
Was £149.00 Now £75.00 click to visit Kaliko

Moda Stripe Chiffon Dress £20.00 click to visit Asda George

Moda Stripe Chiffon Dress
£20.00 click to visit Asda George

Tribal Print Belted Midi Dress     Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Tribal Print Belted Midi Dress
Price: £35.00 click to visit Wallis

Polka Dot Netted Prom Dress     Price: £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Polka Dot Netted Prom Dress
Price: £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Arianna Dress WH670 £149.00 click to visit Boden

Arianna Dress
WH670
£149.00 click to visit Boden

Darcey Dress WH649 £89.00  click to visit Boden

Darcey Dress
WH649
£89.00 click to visit Boden

Easy Day Dress WH621 £69.00 click to visit Boden

Easy Day Dress
WH621
£69.00 click to visit Boden

Nicky Printed Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Nicky Printed Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Shell Print Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Shell Print Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Pagoda Print Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Pagoda Print Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight