Go bold or go home! Bear Necessities welcomes dazzling new occasionwear frocks to its rails

The Auchterarder store has a host of new dresses in, including bright, vibrant silhouettes from beloved mother of the bride/groom brand Maria Coca

If statement sleeves, bold prints and vibrant colours are top of your list to celebrate your not-so-little one tying the knot, Bear Necessities has heard your prayers – and answered!

Model on left wears blue dress and matching jacket with a silver belt and silver foil details at the hem, and model on right wears dark blue off-shoulder dress with belt and gold detailing on the skirt with matching fascinator
Left: Blue dress and matching jacket with silver foil details and belt from the Gabriela line at Maria Coca, £POA; Right: Blue off-shoulder dress with gold detailed skirt from the Giorgia Jo range by Maria Coca, £POA, both available from Bear Necessities

“The pieces we have got in store this season are really just amazing – they could be in fashion museums,” enthuses owner Maggie Robin, who has 26 years’ experience managing the Auchterarder store. It goes without saying: she knows her stuff.

New collections are arriving from Spain, Italy, the UK and Ireland to give Scottish ladies a stunning variety of glamorous frocks.

“I like to think of 2022 as a ‘vintage year’; many of the outfits we’ll be stocking hark back to much-loved styles of previous decades,” adds Maggie, “I think the designers have created some of the most beautiful and different collections I have ever seen in my shop.”

Model on left wears dress with floor-length purple skirt, white top and pink belt and model on right wears blue dress covered in red and purple flowers with matching fascinator
Left: Floor-length purple dress with white ruffle top and shoulder details from the Giorgia Jo line by Maria Coca, £POA; Right: Blue floral dipped-hem dress from the Giorgia Jo line by Maria Coca, £POA, both available from Bear Necessities

If you are gearing up for a spring or summer wedding, florals may come to mind. In that regard, you could do no wrong with Maria Coca’s blue dipped-hem number.

Meanwhile, a classic belted silhouette is given a chic-over thanks to some shimmering silver foil jacquard. And for those mamas who love to swoosh about on the dancefloor, the same label’s floor-length purple dress with ruffled sleeve top is one to try for size.