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FASHION NOTES: WHAT TO WEAR TO A WEDDING

14.06.16

What to wear to a wedding is arguably one of the most thought about sartorial conundrums come spring/summer, and the maze of options grows ever bigger with each passing year. Invites become more creative, venues more eclectic, and dress codes more modern. Here, we delve a little deeper into the types of weddings and invites that you might receive, and look at contemporary styling options. Visit the Wedding Shop View the wedding feature

GO CLASSIC : THE DRESS

No wardrobe is complete without the perfect cocktail dress for those hotly anticipated special occasions and when you have an event in mind you’re more likely to invest wisely.

Eden dress, Farah bag, Lana shoes

COUNTRY WEDDING

Something about a countryside wedding allows for slightly more relaxed styling, but that’s not to say your outfit shouldn’t be as considered as if you were heading for the city. A relaxed shift dress makes for a chic and effortless choice and coordinating accessories will pull the styling together seamlessly. Make block-heel sandals and a mini shoulder bag your go-to for longevity purposes.

Carmen printed dress, Beau suede clutch, Vivi sandals

BEACH WEDDING

A beach wedding is the perfect excuse to pile on the prints whilst still staying relevant. Lightweight, chiffon layers are ideally suited to warmer climes and bold colourways will stand out against the ocean backdrop.

Eris dress, Joyce bag, Jamie shoes

EVENING INVITE

A lace dress captures the essence of what gives wedding guest dressing its edge, resulting in an instantly elevated alternative to simpler fabrications. Make a statement this season and opt for a rich, jewel hue – it fares perfectly well in summer evenings and will hold its relevance as we move into autumn.

 

THE CONTEMPORARY ALTERNATIVE: THE JUMPSUIT

Loved for its ability to give evening or event styling a contemporary edge, the jumpsuit is a clear front-runner when it comes to wedding guest dressing.

Corsico jumpsuit, Russo clutch, Kate shoes

COUNTRY WEDDING

Imagined in a soft grey hue and tailored with a wide, cropped leg, the Corsico jumpsuit is polished with just a dash of insouciance – the perfect combination for country dwelling. An oversized clutch and point-toe mules make for stylish additions that will keep the overall look effortless.

Maia playsuit, Baye jacket, Karlina bracelet, Vivi sandals

BEACH WEDDING

When it comes to planning for a beach wedding, it’s best to dress from the feet upwards, as pin-thin stilettos will lose their elegant appeal as soon as you hit sandy terrain. A midi block heel is a chic and wearable compromise and a metallic pair will make for an impactful addition to a sunshine-ready playsuit.

Frenchie jumpsuit, Margerita clutch, Malva crystal sandals

EVENING INVITE

One-piece party dressing has never been more appropriate than at an evening wedding, so to really up the glamour, steer clear from classic tailored styles and choose a jumpsuit with a little more detail. Satin panelling and metal hardware are especially effective.

 

THE TAILORED OPTION: SUITING

Suiting is traditionally thought of as an androgynous wedding guest option but recent seasons have seen it take a feminine turn that’s sure to stand out against a sea of classic guest outfits.

Lisa blazer, Denise skirt, Valet top, Daphne shoes

COUNTRY WEDDING

Forget the old rule that you can’t wear white to a wedding and embrace the season’s modern approach by working a white lace pencil skirt into your look. When teamed with a printed top and a coloured blazer, it’s a far cry from a bridal dress.

Greece blazer, Greece shorts, Ona top, Malva sandals

BEACH WEDDING

The key to taking tailoring to warmer climes is to keep the colour palette fresh. Mint-green is both feminine and summer-ready, and when cut to a cropped, skin-bearing length, it slips seamlessly into a beach wedding scenario.

Jada blazer, Jada shorts, Cindy clutchRhiannon shoes

EVENING INVITE

When imagined in tonal blue hues, heritage check takes on a new, city-inspired visage. Double-breasted silhouettes are the season’s most coveted blazer shape and statement heels will secure a fashion-forward approach to a smart-wardrobe classic.

 

THE WEAR-AGAIN OUTFIT: SEPARATES

The beauty of going to a modern wedding is that you no longer have to comply to the rules of traditional dressing, so there are ample opportunities to invest in something that will translate to a host of other occasions throughout the season.

Sanna top. Raine skirt, Josephine sandals, Souxie bag

COUNTRY WEDDING

Suede separates are a sure way to ensure styling takes on a luxe edge and when imagined in neutral, butter-cream hues, it will slip seamlessly into a rural setting. Team soft shades with a bold pop of colour to keep things summer and celebration-ready and balance a sleek skirt silhouette with expert drapery up top for a play on proportion.

Keats top, Tulip skirt, Josephine sandals, Illie necklaceCupid mules

BEACH WEDDING

Colour and pattern fare perfectly with the sunshine setting of a beach wedding, but if you’re not one to embrace this look on a regular basis, there are more muted alternatives that work to achieve the same result. Try wearing a patterned skirt or shorts to keep the graphics away from your face, and ground the look with a block-colour top – white makes for a fresh and modern option.

Roos top, Settima culottes, Audrey shoes, Amelie bag

EVENING INVITE

Co-ords are a polished take on separates styling and the beauty of culottes in particular is that they can be easily dressed up or down to suit a host of different occasions. Khaki-green suits all skin tones and gold-tone metal hardware offsets the shade in an elegant way. Keep accessories neutral – nude heels will contribute to overall sophistication.