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White shirt Wednesday: Cocktail hour

white silk shirt for happy hour

Summer signals the start of a few of our favourite things, rising hemlines, al fresco dining and Pimms O'clock! That's right, cocktail hour returns to our perennial post-work calendars, shooing in a seasonal shift for dressing and mixology mischief!

Embracing our inner Sex & The City sartorial soul, big and bold dramatic designs are the ideal way to add a touch of old-world elegance to contemporary after-dark style. Adding a touch of silver screen glamour to classic work-to-play ensembles, challenge the status quo with power-play outfits rich with ornate detail and subversive little twists.

Creating a modern heirloom aesthetic, retro-tailoring, couture-chic and statement jackets are speaking volumes to the sangria-sipping masses – proving that even a good cocktail deserves a cosmopolitan-inspired ensemble. Ideal for decadent nights that last until the early hours, charge your glasses ladies - as we celebrate sun-kissed festival cheer and all-round good times in outfits ideal for the occasion.

Championing the dominant statement jacket trend still resonating across resort and destination collections, this Dries Van Noten violet jacket is a timeless classic that beautifully accentuates the polished luxury feel of this summer's cocktail look. Embellished and embroidered to offer a charmingly eccentric flavour, this sugary-sweet top note is the perfect rich mix of flamboyant creativity and wildly addictive design. Worn with conventional wardrobe basics that have endless fashion mileage, our bright white silk Bettie shirt is an effortlessly chic palate cleanser that oozes with formal overtones. Worn with this candyfloss blazer over the shoulders, our Stark Naked White VAUGHAN shirt adds a refined edge to maximalist detailing.

Giving any silhouette an enviable wasp-waist, these sheer longline cigarette pants are an ageless investment. Worn with our VAUGHAN Bettie shirt tucked into the over-accentuated high waist, these slim-leg trousers give an undeniable red carpet glamour to this colourfully conceptual creation. A flawless look that easily segues between boardroom meetings and rooftop rendez-vous, there's no need to go OTT on the accessories, keep them needlepoint sharp with identifiable charm like this vintage-inspired Versace white leather chain bag and black spaghetti lace-up stilettos from Valentino.

Our favourite smart-casual craze full of whimsy (and far too many whiskey sours!) Tone down the formal rhetoric and amp up the fashion flair with our take on cocktail dressing for the urban party girl!

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