Who'd have thought looking forward in the seasonal fashion calendar would help with our mid-summer sartorial dilemmas? Not us, until the pre-fall collections stole our dress-up hearts. 

The Au Fait Feminist

Romantic is the name of your game, so naturally any kind of wedding/BBQ/outdoor event is your time to shine. Embrace the sherbet trend and go unashamedly pastel from head-to-toe.

Jill Stuart Pre-Fall 18

Jill Stuart Pre-Fall 18

Daisy scarf, €74, Rixo London

Shirt dress, 59.99, H&M

Roksanda Pre-Fall 18

Roksanda Pre-Fall 18

Oyster earring, 405, Ellery at Net-a-Porter

Clog, €310, Alexa Chung

Mint bag, 510, Rosie Assoulin

T-shirt, €85, Alexa Chung

Patent leather slingback, 590, Gianvito Rossi at Net-a-Porter

The Low Key Look

Reluctant dresser-upper? Never fear. Eschew an OTT dress for no-frills, statement tailoring and voluminous shapes that will do the work for you.

Marco De Vincenzo Pre-Fall 18

Marco De Vincenzo Pre-Fall 18

One-shoulder dress, 1,065, Lisa Marie Fernandez

Feather shoe, €55.95, Zara

Rouched shoulder top, €454, Silvia Tcherassi at Net-a-Porter

Whistles Pre-Fall 18

Whistles Pre-Fall 18

Raffia slide, 325, Carrie Forbes

Camilla and Marc Pre-Fall 18

Camilla and Marc Pre-Fall 18

Abstract bag, €445, Danse Lente

14kt gold pearl earring, 660, Sophie Bille Brahe

The Dress Up Queen

You are the woman with an array of tea/floral dresses in your arsenal, and – lucky for you - going a bit formal leaves you unfazed. Casualise things by introducing a cool band t-shirt or denim jacket for a bit of Gallic Je ne said quoi.



Crêpe maxi dress, €219, Ganni

Leather boot, 99.95, Zara

T-shirt, €22.99, H&M

Leather bag, 565, Joseph

Crystal clip earring, 995, Saint Laurent

Floral print midi-dress, €545, Alexa Chung

Oval sunglasses,50, Le Specs

Skirt, €148, Réalisation Par