Make an occasional statement

PUBLISHED: 11:53 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 15:54 20 February 2013

Blue ombre effect chiffon dress £250 sizes 10-16 by Coast

Blue ombre effect chiffon dress £250 sizes 10-16 by Coast

It's time to celebrate, even if it seems there isn't much to cheer. North East Life is one year old and spring is here, so let's look smart WORDS BY VICKY PEPYS <br/>North East Life is one year old and birthdays are for celebrating....

It's time to celebrate, even if it seems there isn't much to cheer. North East Life is one year old and spring is here, so let's look smart WORDS BY VICKY PEPYS


North East Life is one year old and birthdays are for celebrating. And what marks a birthday better than a brand new birthday outfit? With so little to celebrate in this bleak economic climate, a new personal fashion statement is bound to cheer. It's not just birthdays we're talking about, of course, but the whole Spring/Summer list of celebratory 'do's' on your personal social calendar that call for something special. Special Occasion wear is what this particular niche used to be known as before the Coast label revitalized and revived it with their more modern take on the whole market; now it's just 'Occasion wear' and with the introduction of prom wear, it's lifted the entire specialist genre. Move over frumpy mother of the bride, there's a much younger slant on the whole thing. Special fabrics always take precedence in this type of garment; the silks, the chiffons and the satins all come into their own and perform beautifully by reflecting the light and reacting to the slightest breeze . . . and how much more special do they make us feel? Is it worth spending this much on an Occasion wear outfit for which, in seasons past, we've had limited usage? Err, yes, but it requires a major rethink on our part. We have to get out of the mindset and fear that we'll be seen twice, thrice and more in the same outfit.We must think of special pieces such as these as 'favourites' and we must describe them as such and so wear as often as we please. Of course, we could get serious and wear something from last year and realistically we will (and even the year before and the year before that) but, if budget allows, it is surely more of an uplifting experience to spend on 'statement' rather than basics - after all, good quality basics can now be sourced from the value brands upwards if we need a quick fix or replacement. Every wardrobe needs a bit of a lift sometimes and an Occasion wear piece (special if you prefer, overt statement if you dare) lies in wait, ready to be asked out. Have you ever turned down an intriguing event because of a wardrobe dilemma? Think of Occasion wear as a perfect birthday treat from a best friend; a little treasure we never knew we needed. And now couldn't live without . . . .

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