If you are a regular reader, then you may be aware that I am a total dress lover. I am a huge advocate that there is the perfect dress for any occasion. As a result, I have decided to start up a new series here on Eternally Elle half-inspired by the ever lovely Memorandum. (Although I already had this idea for a while, apparently it has already been done and I don’t want to be accused of copying.)
I will be putting together 31 classic outfits consisting of dresses only, which will abide to 31 different events that take place during Spring/Summer. (Expect an Autumn/Winter version too!) Of course, as a U.K citizen these events will refer exclusively to British holidays and english culture. However, they can very easily fit into similar events according to their vibe. For instance a Bank Holiday Monday dress would be causal and low maintenance which could easily work for everyday wear. Or any similar occasion such as a stroll in the park, trip to the cinema or a meet up with friends.
The reason behind this series
My reason for doing this is to provide style inspiration paired with my own sartorial advice on what I have found works for certain events and occasions. There has been plenty of times where I have found myself unsure on what to wear to a certain event that has unspoken rules on what is deemed inappropriate. As a result, I am essentially creating the ultimate style guide, I would have loved to have a few years ago- and even now! This is also an opportunity for me to challenge my creativity and content creation. Above all, the core mission of Eternally Elle is to help women be the queen of their own life through dressing confidently and taking control of impulse buying. In addition, to further help the Everyday Elle become a more conscious consumer by purchasing clothes that will stand the tests of time in her wardrobe. Both through purchasing only high quality, durable clothing and ensuring she choses clothes she knows she will love for years to come.
An important note…
I want to take this opportunity to explain that I do not necessarily recommend having 31 dresses in your closet for the former part of the year and then another 31 for the two colder seasons. Not only is this unsustainable but it’s unrealistic to suggest owning 62 dresses. Who has a wardrobe big enough to store such a large amount of dresses along with the rest of their clothes and actually wear them all?!
As you will notice, there are certain days which will overlap with each other. What one wears to a bridal shower could easily work for an engagement party, wedding guest, garden party, ladies lunch and casual daytime date. It would simply depend on the choice of style and dressing up or down as appropriate for the event. Wearing different dresses for all of the aforementioned occasions allows me to show you how different style dresses can work for similar types of events. Hopefully the diversity allows you to find inspiration according to style preferences and open your mind to sartorial possibilities. I will of course revert to other posts in the series where I feel that a different dress would work just as well despite being assigned to a different day. In simple terms: it is important to me that I am giving my readers fresh, new content and that they also understand the sustainable and compassionate message I am putting across.
Furthermore, this series will only contain two separate categories for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. I do not plan on re-creating this annually as this goes against my views on fast fashion and unethical consumption. I aim to choose only classic dresses that are timeless and can be worn each year, repeatedly. Therefore, this series may take a lot of time to complete and the days will not align up with their annual event. This is because I aim to have these posts work for their assigned day each year. (For example my Easter day dress guide may be posted months after Easter has passed but it will be just as wearable in 2019 as it will be in 2027.)
My style advice and tips are always driven by timelessness not trends. My hope is that this series should be relevant regardless of what the fashion world is preaching at the time.
The 31 dress series is inspired by the typical amount of days in a month with every possible type of event one would typically attend during the season. Armed with the sartorial knowledge I have at hand, I hope that this series can help guide the Everyday Elle to a conquerors closet where the perfect item of clothing hangs, for any possible event or occasion she may need to attend.
Are there any occasions or events you would like to see in this series?