The Social Season Guide

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May and June share a commonality with late November through early January. These months are prone to having the digital planner or calendar penciled with a whirlwind of varied social engagements and divertissement: graduation commencements, Mother’s & Father’s Day celebrations, wedding ceremonies, sporting events, garden and patio parties, weekend getaways, and much more. Even the least style conscious of us recognize there are varied social occasions that merit upping the ante of a well-dressed appearance.

The season’s social events are generally not a good time to dramatically alter our appearance or our style. If your uniform is trousers, tailored shirt, and flats for most days, then stay true to your style aesthetics and opt for a cropped trench, tailored ankle-length trousers, fitted silk tee, and a dressy flat. If you’re in pretty, feminine dresses, three hundred and sixty four days out of the year, then wear a swirly, pleated skirt, a soft, tailored blazer, silky tee, and a pretty wedge.

take into consideration the setting, the hour of the engagement, and the degree of formality

The first considerations to guide us in our choice of clothing should be the setting in which the social engagement takes place, the hour or time of the engagement, and the degree of its formality. Take a little time to prep your social season outfits now. Block off an hour or two during a weekend or evening to prepare the varied outfits needed for spring’s social season. You’ll need to gather your digital or daily planner, your social invitations, wardrobe charts or mobile app for recording and pulling together outfit combinations.  Go to the closet and style your go-to-looks for every social engagement on the calendar.

Below are some outfit templates: Your look doesn’t have to become an exact copy. Just use the templates as inspirational springboards to style your outfits.

Prep the wardrobe to enjoy spring’s social season!

Wardrobe & style consultant, Roxy L. Rowton (, spends much of her workweek in the closet or the fitting room helping women look and feel their very best. She makes it her work to help women with practical, effortless solutions in wardrobe construction and selection. She has two plus decades in the fashion, apparel, and beauty industries, as well as a member of the Association of Image Consultants International. Her wardrobe/style consulting business Everyday Refinement is based in Prince William County.


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