Andrea's It-List: 6 dresses to get you through any occasion

Andrea Thompson at Buckingham Palace Gardens
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The below is from editor-in-chief Andrea Thompson's weekly newsletter, Andrea's It-List. Subscribe here.

What do you wear to a garden party at Buckingham Palace? I was pretty daunted by the ‘day dress and hat’ dress code when I got my first invitation this month to celebrate the creative industries.

What I wish I’d known in the panic fuelled days before is that minus the hat, ‘day dress’ just translates to an elegant summer midi or maxi (think vibrant florals or a pop of colour), with flat sandals, wedges or block heels you can navigate wet grass in for 3 hours. I opted for this classic white structured dress (with all important pockets) and upcycled cropped jacket combo by Alice and Olivia. Together, they were just on the right side of statement dressing while demure enough to meet the King. They’re also suitably versatile to wear separately for a host of other alfresco events, work soirees and rooftop parties this summer season and beyond. Read on for some other great garden party looks I’m loving.



Jigsaw x Roksanda

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This week over at Marie Claire HQ we’re all swooning over the exclusive new Jigsaw x Roksanda capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2024. Featuring sweeping silk dresses, soft trouser suits and Roksanda’s signature colour blocking, this is a collection of elegant statement pieces that transcend seasonal trends. There are so many incredible pieces in this collection that are perfect for summer events, but my favourite is this luxurious knotted plisse maxi dress featuring a hand painted watercolour print.

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Editor in Chief

Andrea Thompson is Editor in Chief at Marie Claire UK and was named by We are the City as one of the UKs top 50 trailblazers for her work championing gender equality.

Andrea has worked as a senior journalist for a range of publications over her 20 year career including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Channel 4, Glamour and Grazia. At Marie Claire UK, Andrea oversees content, strategy and campaigns across fashion, beauty and the brand's purpose pillars. Her weekly newsletter and column Andreas It List showcases her curated edit of the very best in fashion and beauty. Andrea is a keen advocate of women's empowerment, sustainability and diversity and is a regular speaker at events on these themes. She sits on the committee of the British Society of Magazine Editors where she acts as Vice Chair and looks after Diversity and Inclusion and regularly mentors young women from under represented communities trying to break into the media industry. Follow her on instagram at @andreacanwrite