Mumsnet edit: summer celebration outfits from John Lewis

JL celebration

Need to get the whole family kitted out for an upcoming wedding/christening/BBQ (or all of the above)? Fear not – Mumsnetter-favourite John Lewis is on hand to get everyone dressed up with minimal fuss

This page was created in association with John Lewis.

Whistles Lana Lace Pleat Dress, from £129

Whistles Lana Lace Pleat Dress, from £129

There are many reasons why we love this Whistles dress: the flattering fit and flare shape, the statement back, and the fact that it's floaty and feminine without being fussy, We'd style the navy one with a pop of colour, like this red Whistles clutch, but keep accessories neutral with the brighter orange style.

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Hobbs Evelyn Dress, £189 (was £269)

Hobbs Evelyn Dress, £189 (was £269)

This Hobbs midi dress looks like two perfectly-matched separates – a flattering, pleated midi skirt and structured sequin top – which nips in your waist and has the effect of creating an hourglass figure out of thin air. Perfect for a wedding with a formal evening 'do' – or even as a twist on a traditional wedding dress – this dress has just enough sparkle without being OTT. Believe it or not, it's even machine washable.

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Selected Femme Belini Dress, £80

Selected Femme Belini Dress, £80

If your signature style is a bit quirkier than your average English country wedding, you don't have to get dressed up in pastels and a fascinator. This smart, but slightly off-beat, belted tunic dress from Selected Femme could easily be dressed up or down, and worn to pretty much any event – from dinner and drinks, to weddings and christenings – not bad for £80.

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Hush Frill Mini Flared Dress, £65

Hush Frill Mini Flared Dress, £65

This lightweight Hush dress, with its sheer sleeves and subtle ruffles, will quickly become your go-to “going out dress”. It's slinky enough for a night out, but the long sleeves and bright pattern make it an ideal candidate for a wedding outfit, too. You could even style it with white trainers for a daytime 'do – we're sold.

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Coast Rio Suit, £138 (was £178)

Coast Rio Suit, £138 (was £178)

If you never usually wear skirts or dresses, dressing for posh events can be a challenge. However, there are more alternative options out there than ever before, so getting dressed up doesn't have to mean compromising on your signature style. Stand out from the crowd in this bold red suit from Coast – a feminine twist on a traditionally masculine outfit, with a collarless jacket and flowing, pleated trousers that are just made for throwing shapes on the dance floor.

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AND/OR Demelza Print Dress, £89

AND/OR Demelza Print Dress, £89

Add a touch of Poldark to your summer style in the Demelza dress. We can't promise that it will transform you into a willowy redhead, but this floaty summer confection will keep you feeling cool and looking chic all summer. With a handkerchief hem, flattering 3/4 length sleeves, and a drawstring waist that lets you cinch it in for a bit more definition, this will become your go-to day to night dress.

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Studio 8 Richmond Embroidered Dress, £99 (was £150)

Studio 8 Richmond Embroidered Dress, £99 (was £150)

This beautiful embroidered dress reminds us of a meadow in bloom – perfect for a summer wedding. Plus, with a knee-length hem, sheer cape sleeves and a red accent waist tie, it's as flattering as it is pretty. Available up to size 26, we'd style ours with nude shoes – though you could go for red, too – and a swipe of red lippy.

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Ted Baker Dulciee Cut Out Shoulder Maxi Dress, £114 (was £229)

Ted Baker Dulciee Cut Out Shoulder Maxi Dress, £114 (was £229)

Sometimes, only floor-length will do. This dusty pink Ted Baker number oozes glamour and sophistication, and – thanks to the timeless style – should see you through many years worth of black tie parties. The keyhole neckline and cut-out shoulders show a little bit of skin, but are balanced by the fluted sleeves and full-length hemline. This design is also available in a mint shade, but the pink is our favourite. Pair it with simple, subtly metallic accessories like this Carvela clutch.

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Girls' formal outfits

Girls' formal outfits

From left to right: Vintage Floral Dress, from £28 | Yellow Border Print Dress, from £28 | Heirloom Collection Organza Stripe Dress, from £32

Available in sizes ranging from toddlers to teens, these smart, summery dresses are perfect for any formal occasion. Plus, they're fully lined so there shouldn't be too much fidgeting (no promises though). Just add sandals and her favourite accessories.

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Boys' formal outfits

Boys' formal outfits

From left to right: Heirloom Collection Linen Blend Puppytooth Suit, from £60 | John Lewis Heirloom Collection Mid Blue Suit from, £57 | Heirloom Collection Pink Oxford Suit Jacket, from £60

Prince George has reminded the nation just how cute short trousers can look and now your kids can get the look in these smart, yet adorable short suits from John Lewis. Whether your son is going to be a page boy or a particularly dapper little guest, we especially love the pale pink set. The full-length mid-blue suit is also a great option for older boys who are after a more grown-up look.

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Occasionwear shoes

Occasionwear shoes

Clockwise from top left: Unisa Jica Block Heeled Slingback Court Shoes, £99 | Dune Loupe Smart Slide Sandals, £80 | Carvela Gogo Studded Block Heel Sandals, £79 | AND/OR Accalia Court Shoes, £89

If you can't walk in heels (or just don't want to) the Unisa slingbacks are a great option. They'll give you a little extra height without being impractical, whilst the silver metallic finish means they're still clearly party shoes.

The high street take on Hermès' Oran slide sandals (just without the 500 quid price tag), we love the Dune slip-ons with summer dresses or linen trousers.

Nude shoes – but with a twist. The block-heeled Carvela sandals are the perfect mix of pretty and edgy.

Add a pop of colour to any look with these red suede courts. The perfect mixture of glamour and fun, with a real leather lining and playful pom-pom on the toe.

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NB: All prices correct at the time of publication.