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The Do It All Dresses You'll Wear To Every Event This Summer

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Event dressing, but make it versatile...

Summer is synonymous with a whirlwind of events, from weddings – country, city, destination, you name it, it’s in my calendar - to birthdays, beach breaks, garden parties, and the rest. With each invitation comes the inevitable dilemma: what to wear? The pressure to find a picture-perfect outfit for every occasion can be overwhelming (not to mention expensive) leading so many of us to end up with event-specific dresses that end up collecting dust in the back of the wardrobe. To avoid this problem come event season and keep it more sustainable, I shop in two ways – firstly, if it’s an event with a specific dress code that I’m unlikely to face again, I rent. For everything else, I focus on seeking out the kind of hardworking dresses that do it all. It's important to find pieces that fit around your busy schedule rather than being a one-off purchase – and if it comes from a brand known for its sustainability credentials, like FatFace, then even better…

FatFace has just dropped its latest Copper & Black collection – aka its seasonal party edit – and it’s full of event pieces with mileage. The brand's new drop features a 25 piece occasion focused collection of dresses, jumpsuits & skirts all created with rich textured fabrics, colours and prints ready for every rsvp-worthy event that's coming your way this summer. Far from being too formal, everything feels laidback and effortless (but no less chic) so you can nail every guest event. You've got relaxed maxis perfect for an Instagram-grid moment on holiday through to a glitzy metallic silver number that's such a refreshing alternative to your trusty florals come wedding season. Though there's plenty of those on offer too, given a cool-girl update in chic monochrome or given a sunshine makeover with tile-prints that transport you to holidays abroad - guess that's your destination wedding outfit sorted then.

These are pieces that effortlessly transition from day to night, from casual brunches to balmy evening soirées, making them a really worthwhile investment not just for a big date, but for your entire summer wardrobe.

I’m already envisioning the Lotus Embroidered Midi Dress as a permanent fixture in my summer line-up, styled with my biggest sunglasses and a massive raffia bag by day, elevating with strappy sandals and statement gold earrings for my first wedding of the year. But scroll on to see what else has caught my eye from the collection, chosen for its all-round versatility as much as its ability to snatch you the title of best dressed guest from one event to the next.

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Hibiscus Lace Midi Dress

From golden-hour parties to spring afternoon weddings, this is the little black dress that's going to see you through social season. Not convinced you can wear black to a summer event like a wedding? Get convinced - intricate lace and trimming, floaty frill sleeves and a statement pleated skirt all go into making this a go-to for every occasion. Dress down with ballet pumps, dress up with kitten heel sandals and a dinky bag.

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£60.00
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Lotus Embroidered Midi Dress

Big plans this season? This monochrome floral dress is perfect for everything from birthday bashes to bridal showers. Crafted from 100% cotton, the square neckline and puff sleeves give her a classic sensibility while the keyhole cut-out and strappy halter bring her firmly up to date. Obsessed.

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£90.00
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Hibiscus Lace Maxi Dress

So good, I'd get it in both colours. Buttery soft and breathable, this coral take on the Hibiscus lace dress features looks lovely worn with heels or sandals and shines when styled with impactful gold jewellery. Wear to a wedding or soiree, then add to your suitcase packing pile straight after.

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£65.00
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Daisy Broderie Midi Dress

Nothing says ready for golden hour quite like this sunshine Daisy broderie midi dress.With a carefully placed broderie pattern, scalloped v neckline, and a bow detail in the back, it's perfect for everything from cocktail parties to garden parties.

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£85.00
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Mimosa Metallic Maxi Dress

Metallics absolutely have their place during summer so stop saving the high-shine for festive season and get stuck in. Light and lustrous, this metallic maxi gives a seriously relaxed and glamorous attitude - just add some colour pop accessories, such as a hot pink clutch, to lift.

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£79.00
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Peony Painted Leaves Maxi Dress

Inspired by the beauty of nature, the Peony painted leaves dress is the perfect choice for when your calendar is back-to-back with spring socials. The longer sleeves are perfect for when you don't want to wear a jacket too.

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£85.00
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Ivy Foil Maxi Dress

Understated yet elegant, this dress features a striking metallic foil leaf print that gives it a subtle shimmer. This feels perfect for a gorgeous al fresco dinner.

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£69.00
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