Taking Creative Inspiration from the High Street’s Fashion Elite
If you need some style inspiration, we have the perfect sartorial advice from fashion insider, Coast’s own Creative Director Neil Hendy, to get your occasion wear on point wherever you are.
Straddling the border between high street and high-end fashion, Coast is an institution for those who want a polished, sophisticated and feminine look. If these sound like your fashion goals, Neil’s got more advice for you.
Year-round day-to-night dressing:
Have you ever worried about your day-to-night look? Business attire that you can style-up for the cooler evening soiree or a smart event is increasingly on the shopping lists of professionals that need an all-in-one solution. What does Neil suggest?
“Invest in a key layering piece that compliments your outfit. This doesn’t just have to be a coat – a faux fur wrap in a pretty springtime colour is a great alternative for keeping warm early on in the season.”
Coast practice what they preach and have some brilliant accessories that make the perfect pair with a chic dress or smart separates. Cooler evenings make additions like the sheer and versatile Frankie Kimono and the delicate Milly Mae Wrap ideal to take you from the warmth of the day, through to the cool of the evening.
Neil’s view on accessories:
Accessories have the power to transform business-like and understated simplicity, to a glamorous and refined look. Neil’s advice says you “don’t have to match – it creates stand out if you choose a pop of color that contrasts with your outfit.”
Try an elegant pair of drop earrings, or a necklace that catches the light to up-style your look, like the Emma Earrings and pair with a metallic clutch to stand out from the crowd. Little details will make any outfit more celebration-ready.
Tracking style changes over the years
Coast knows how to stay on top of trends on the high-street that translate beautifully into smart party attire. He has this to say:
“Because customers are far more adventurous with the outfits they want to buy, we are offering a broader choice of shapes and styles to reflect this.”
Offering choice for those who want to make an impact is what Coast does best. Their fashionable range of dresses alone brings together a whole host of different styles to suit all tastes, with a range of lengths and styles.
Coast have embraced the trend for stylish separates for those who like to make a dramatic fashion statement:
“The increased fashionability of culottes and trousers as ocassionwear has opened the door to alternatives and people being more comfortable to experiment. For me, creating a look with separates is a trend that will continue to grow.”
And finally, Neil’s ultimate top tip:
“Wear what you feel amazing in- whether that’s a stand out dress or something more understated. As long as you feel good and feel confident.”
Amen, Neil. It’s important to feel confident in yourself, and making the right fashion choices can give you a huge boost, helping you feel, as well as look the part in work and in play.
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