Monsoon occasionwear - the Mumsnet Edit

selection of monsoon outfits

As the weather improves (sort of), the invitations to weddings, christenings, and all sorts of summer 'dos start to flood in. But don't panic, we've picked our favourite looks from Monsoon's occasionwear range to help you put your best foot forward in a killer outfit

Sandra Embellished Top, £79

Sandra Embellished Top, £79

There's nothing quite like being draped in sequins to make you look and feel glamorous. This embellished top is sparkly enough to wear for a special occasion, but the muted colour palette will stop you looking OTT. Team it with a pencil skirt for a formal do, or with jeans for a luxe, understated night out look.

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Everly Print Bardot Dress, £99

Everly Print Bardot Dress, £99

This red floral dress oozes retro glamour; the off-the-shoulder cut and sweetheart neckline are summery and flattering – especially on curvy figures. Styling it is simple: just keep accessories simple and channel your inner Joan Holloway.

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Tilly Trousers, from £39

Tilly Trousers, from £39

We love the Tilly trousers because they're simple, smart and comfy enough to wear all day (and all night). The satin piping and sharp creases add a touch of tuxedo glamour, which looks great when contrasted with a sheer, feminine top. Keep things simple with the dove grey pair, or stand out from the crowd in cobalt blue.

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Nadia Longline Jacket, £69

Nadia Longline Jacket, £69

The perfect wedding season cover-up, the Nadia jacket will keep you warm throughout the British “summer” and works as a great neutral layer to pair with a bright, printed dress or skirt. The sleek collarless shape, single hook fastening and 3/4 length sleeves create a smart, universally-flattering silhouette.

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Madison Strappy Lace Dress, £159

Madison Strappy Lace Dress, £159

If summer were a dress, it would look like this. We love the fresh pastel shade, intricate floral lace and slightly dipped hem of the Madison dress (aka the perfect wedding guest dress). As well as being beautiful, the Madison dress is actually pretty practical, for a party dress – it has adjustable shoulder straps so you can get the fit just right, and it's surprisingly versatile. Pair it with silver, navy or grey accessories.

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Faith Flower Block Heel Sandals, £45

Faith Flower Block Heel Sandals, £45

Sensible heels that don't look sensible? Yes, please! You can dance all night long in the Faith sandals and look stylish while doing it. You would definitely get plenty of wear out of the navy pair, but the pink pair really make a statement…

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Jazlyn Lace Jumpsuit, £109

Jazlyn Lace Jumpsuit, £109

A jumpsuit is a great alternative to a dress if you want to look dressed-up but still feel like you. We love the flattering nipped-in waist of the Jazlyn jumpsuit and the mid-calf culotte legs mean that both tall and petite women can rock this look. Although jumpsuits are a great practical option for any formal occasion, the pretty lace detailing and keyhole fastening on this Monsoon beauty mean it can hold its own against any traditionally feminine dress.

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Adelle Embellished Midi Dress, £149

Adelle Embellished Midi Dress, £149

If you can't even countenance attending a formal event without your trusty LBD, this gorgeous embellished midi from Monsoon is a great summery alternative. It's still black, still universally flattering, but the sheer layer, floral details and hand-sewn sequins give it a fresh, summery feel. Style it with sandals and red lippy for the summer months, then add biker boots and a chunky knit for the winter.

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Lori Suit, from £55

Lori Suit, from £55

Ditch the conventional dress and fascinator combo and make a statement in the Lori two-piece. Style in with a simple, silky cami or blouse and let your power suit do the talking. Alternatively, if you don't think your local town hall/church/rec centre is quite ready for this level of flower power, you can wear the trouser or jacket separately for a toned down look.

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Michaela Mini Camera Bag, £25

Michaela Mini Camera Bag, £25

These tiny Tardis-like bags will add a pop of colour to any outfit and easily accommodate all your essentials. Plus, the cross-body style means you can have a glass of prosecco in each hand – no more faffing around with a clutch bag. Now you just have to choose between the yellow and the blue…

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