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Your special occasion outfit guide for spring

Time to shrug out of our cosy coats and slip into something lightweight and breezy for all the events that spring has to offer. Whether it’s a wedding at a winery, your school formal, a laidback picnic, or dinner and drinks with friends at your favourite restaurant, we have plenty of outfit inspiration right here. Spring is the time to try something new as we transition into the festive season. We have what you need for every occasion at Westfield Kotara.

Spring wedding outfits

Weddings are the time to make a statement and be confident in bold choices. We all love the opportunity to be a little extra at these events and get a new Insta pic when we look and feel our best. This season you will find plenty of midi and maxi length dress options suitable for all shapes. The cowl neckline is making a comeback, along with slashed cut-outs and sheer lace. Make sure you let your dress do the talking and pair with simple, yet elegant accessories from stores like Billini, Swarovski, Oroton, Mimco and Strandbags. Guys will easily find a linen shirt and chinos in any menswear store this season but if it’s formal then go for dress shirt, jacket, and trousers with a tie. Make sure you head to David Jones, GAZMAN, yd. and SK Menswear and use the expertise of the staff to find a perfectly fitted suit.


Image source: Billini


Image source: Billini


Image source: GAZMAN

Spring Racing Carnival style

From Derby Day to the Melbourne Cup, it is important to check the dress code for each event. Is it strict black and white or can you have some fun with a pop of colour that draws the eye? From floaty and floral to structured and tailored, the options are endless. Choose a heel that complements your look but is also grass friendly. The spring racing season is the time to add some flair to your look; what is a unique clutch or chic fascinator that you can add? Find all your spring racing accessories at David Jones, Mimco. Menswear looks are about doing something a little different to the norm to make you stand out, don't forget your pocket square! Shop for your suit and accessories at yd., Tarocash, GAZMAN and David Jones.

School formal dresses and suits

The most important occasion of the school year is upon us. Time to get out of the school uniform and into a look that truly shows your personality and style. This season you will find school formal dresses that are off the shoulder, high splits and tasteful cut-outs. Guys can never go wrong with the classic formal tux – black suit, tie and white shirt. If you’re feeling daring, why not try something outside the box, such as an olive green or textured suit with a bow tie. Shoes are just as important for everyone – they polish off your outfit, so make sure you choose something comfortable to dance the night away in. Find your formal look at David Jones, Sheike, Billini and Aje.


Image source: Mimco


Image source: Mimco

Top tip for weddings, the races and formals: Book your hair and makeup appointments at the start of the season to avoid missing out. You will find these services available at MECCA, Napoleon Perdis, David Jones beauty counters, Just Cuts and Christiane’s Hair Design.

Casualwear for spring family gatherings

Getting together with family always involves lots of delicious food that our eyes and bellies cannot say no to. Look for something practical you can comfortably sit down on the grass or sand in, so you can eat as much as you like. Resortwear in the form of a matching set is your go-to for this occasion with options for dressing up and down. Pop on some tan slides (this colour goes with everything!) and grab an oversized tote bag to pack the leftovers into and you’re ready to go. Find your matching co-ord set at Cotton On, Sportsgirl, H&M, David Jones, Country Road and Witchery. Guys, a classic chino and neutral cotton shirt with or without a collar will keep you comfortable and stylish. Try Industrie, David Jones and Sportcraft.


Image source: R.M.Williams


Image source: M.J. Bale, available at David Jones


Image source: GAZMAN

What to wear for dinner with friends

Heading out for some ‘you’ time without the kids? Time to wear whatever you like without the fear of little hands leaving prints everywhere. Be brave and go all neutral with white straight leg jeans and matching vest or take your look up a notch with a statement dress from Aje and David Jones. If you are looking to add a fun twist, then sorbet colours are still on the rise following the Barbie movie so pick your favourite sunset hue this season. Find your outfit at Aje, Sheike, Seed.


Image source: Witchery

Outfits to take you from day to night

The classic work to leisure outfit, this is how to kill two birds with one stone. Our go-to on a Friday is a pair of full-length wide leg jeans, a slightly baggy tee with an oversized blazer and Adidas or New Balance sneakers – tailored but comfy. Find all the sneakers you could ever want at <insert footwear retailers e.g. JD Sports, Hype, Platypus>. Another favourite is the denim dress available in every denim shade. Choose from long and short sleeve styles and pair with a statement bag and ballet flats. Search for your perfect spring dress at Seed, Country Road, Witchery, Cotton On. For the gents, try something different with the colour or your pants and a statement shirt - fun but professional enough for work and play. Search for your shirt and pant combo at Connor, yd. and Surf Dive n Ski.


Image source: GAZMAN

Still not sure what to wear?

Book a Personal Styling Session with our Stylist Kate Kohler to find your next occasion look. Find out more here >

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