A night at the proms!

The annual BBC Proms are returning to the Albert and Cadogan Halls and this year feature such innovative events as the Doctor Who Prom, Urban Music Prom and outdoor Proms in the Park. If you are lucky enough to have snapped up a ticket, or are thinking about attending on the musical extravaganzas, then your outfit should be a key consideration. Not sure what to wear? Stick to the following guidelines and you won’t go wrong!

LBD

We’re not talking traditional Little Black Dress here – instead the Proms call for a more elegant Long Black Dress. The audience at the Proms is mixed, so avoid going too OTT with your outfit. An LBD with subtle detailing always works well, so go for a black lace dress, or one with beading detail. If wearing a long black dress sweep hair into an up-do to avoid looking frumpy.

Suit –able attire

A sophisticated event like the Proms means a man should only be seen in a suit. Far from a boring look, it’s easy to add personal touches to your favourite suit. A patterned tie or handkerchief added to a suit, for example, can say a great deal about the wearer. If you are opting for a new suit, the fit is the important aspect. If you can afford to shell out, go bespoke.

A made-to-measure suit will last a lifetime and is sure to get you noticed on your night at the Proms. If choosing something off-the-rack why not be bold and go for a statement number? A modern take on the double breasted suit, for example, features a shorter and more streamlined jacket, without shoulder pads.

Bags

Accessorising your look is a fab way to stay on-trend without letting off-the-moment fashions dominate a formal outfit. Think carefully about your choice of bag, which can be used as a vehicle for a summer trend. Channel monochrome style by teaming a LBD with a white bag. White heels and a white bangle or hair piece will complete the look.

You may not instantly link the minimalism trend with a Proms outfit, yet you can use your handbag as a way of showcasing this style. A boxy clutch number with no detailing will instantly update any look, whilst not detracting from your outfit.

Alternatively, add a subtle splash of colour with your bag. Orange is a hot colour this summer so have fun with a handbag in a shade of tangerine, rust, auburn or mustard.

Keeping warm

The Proms may be a summer occasion but that doesn’t mean you won’t get chilly whilst travelling through central London. A good cover-up should be lightweight enough to carry once indoors, though still keep you snug.

A pashmina will look chic and can be worn multiple ways depending on your style of dress and the temperature. Pashmina scarves are available from many shops in a huge range of colours, so it’s easy to find a cover-up to complement your outfit.

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