Thursday 29 September 2016

Get the look: Aoife Walsh

Published 01/06/2015 | 02:30

Former Miss Ireland, Aoife Walsh
Former Miss Ireland, Aoife Walsh
€37, River Island
€250, Acne, Brown Thomas
€78, Warehouse
€377, Elizabeth and James, Harvey Nichols
€24, Topshop
€195, Sam Edelman, Harvey Nichols
€57.50, Topshop
€245, Frame Denim, Brown Thomas
€50, Oasis
€179, Marc Jacobs, Keanes, keanes.ie

An emergency go-to outfit should be a part of every woman's sartorial arsenal. A uniform for when you don't know where the day will take you, or what exactly will be appropriate. We're a little tired of the boyfriend-blazer-and-jeans combo.

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Former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh is nailing a perfectly serviceable take-you-anywhere outfit here. The drapey three-quarter-length waistcoat is a lovely alternative to the oversized boyfriend blazer. When doing pale-blue denim, a uniform wash is far more flattering than faded patches. If you're choosing gladiator sandals, a high heel is always the better option.

Stylemma

Dear Stylemma,

I am going to a wedding in July and I'm really stuck for an outfit. I hate anything too sexy for a wedding - it always looks trashy. I'd love something with a slight vintage look; maybe a full-skirted dress, something like the kind of thing that Betty in Mad Men wore at the beginning of the series. I also hate all the above-the-knee styles on the high street. I'm in my mid-30s and feel the look is a bit young for me, so I'd would love something to the knee or below it.

We know Coast is a wedding cliche, but, at the moment, it has some really gorgeous full skirts, which fall to just below the knee. They start at around €110, and go from there. Fabrics are satin, chiffon and jacquard (we know, normally we'd run a mile from jacquard, but these are lovely, without a hint of 'couch fabric' about them). Oasis has a lovely full-skirted, high-necked, organza dress in dove grey, €73. Reiss would be our final recommendation. They have a lovely mint-green, high-neck, flared-skirt dress for €230.

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