Unless you’re a celeb A-lister, special occasions don’t come around all that often.
But most of us mere mortals are guaranteed at least a few unique events where we want to look our best — with a few surprise celebrations thrown in for good measure.
And there’s nothing worse than feeling out of place at a big bash because your wardrobe selection isn’t up to scratch.
So if you’re struggling for inspiration, here are some outstanding outfits for four special occasions.
Choosing the perfect wedding outfit is a balancing act for any fashionista — you want to look and feel fabulous without upstaging the blushing bride.
The chicest spring wedding guest dresses this year focus on pretty floral themes in a variety of styles, from midi skater to foxtrot dresses.
But the colour of 2018 is purple — perfect for looking ravishing and regal.
If you, a friend or family member is ‘getting the keys to the door’ this year, you’ll need to look the part for a stylish 21st birthday party.
A bright lace dress with strappy sandals will make the birthday girl look effortlessly elegant — match it with a classic clutch, statement earrings and bright red lipstick for a dramatic flourish.
And if your party has a particular theme, be sure to clarify this on the invitations so guests can plan ahead with their ensembles.
The prom party celebrating an important school milestone is an American tradition, but it’s made its way across the Atlantic and it’s not uncommon for proms to be held in British primary schools, high schools and even universities.
Anyone attending a prom naturally wants to pull out all the stops when it comes to style — it’s a special occasion after all.
Prom dresses have evolved over the years from long gowns with full sleeves to tight bodices with tulle skirts and spaghetti strap slips.
But you’ll look magnificent at a modern prom in a nude maxi dress or fishtail midi dress — and remember to save the last dance for that special someone.
A Christening is a fantastic formal occasion when the whole family gets together to celebrate a child setting forth on the right path in life.
Your choice of Christening dress will depend on your role in the whole affair.
The mother of the child will look glamorous in a sleek, self-coloured outfit, while the Godmother might plump for a floral maxi or an elegant embroidered dress.
Christenings are usually slightly more reserved and sedate than other celebrations, so ease off the loud colours or low-cut outfits.
And carry some tissues in your handbag if your part in the ceremony involves holding the child — your outfit might end up with some unexpected splashes of colour.
Pick any one of these outstanding outfits for these four special occasions and you’ll definitely be the belle of the ball.
What would you wear to these events? Share your tips in the comments section.