Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Style Advice: Wedding Wardrobe

Mid-week and I hope it's a good one so far. I'm having a week of organising, tidying, sorting and fettling. Good for the soul don't you think? Sometimes you have to get on top of all those things that have been hanging over you. The tax return not yet started, the receipts cluttering my purse, the mountains of unfiled papers on my desk. So I'm feeling good. It's always great to be in control of life's smaller details. It means you can enjoy the bigger picture without the minutiae getting in the way.

A close friend asked for a little help with an upcoming wedding. It's tricky as we're frustratingly separated by a few hundred miles, and busy schedules, but manage a twice yearly catch up which always involves wine. 

She is heading to a wedding in September and wanted to steer away from the traditional dress, so has asked for ideas on tailoring. Now I like dresses. I've always said they're the easiest way to get dressed in the morning. Minimum fuss. Minimum effort. It's a win, win. But I would go with a smart tailored jacket over a dress for the cooler months, rather than a wrap or a pashmina. I love a wrap don't get me wrong. They're my best friend on long flights and car journeys, and are perfect for lazy evenings and early mornings, but I think a much smarter way to go for a wedding or similar dressy affair is definitely a tailored jacket or tuxe on top.

These dresses would all work well with a light coloured blazer like the white and cream ones below, and it's a great time to buy as there are lots of big discounts at the moment.

1. Printed woven cocoon dress, Mary at House of Fraser | SHOP NOW |
2. Dress with lace back, Massimo Dutti | SHOP NOW |
3. Luxor print dress, Damsel in a Dress at John Lewis | SHOP NOW |
4. Print dress, Baukjen | SHOP NOW |
5. Embroidered rhombus silk dress, Hoss Intropia | SHOP NOW |

And if you're determined to go with a trouser suit there are lots of options to choose from. Most of these jackets below will have trousers to match. Best for suits on the high street are Zara, Hobbs, Wallis, Ted Baker, Mango and M&S.

With tailoring you get what you pay for, so it's best to get the best you can afford. Go for structured, slimming styles, nothing cropped or boxy. With the trousers for an occasion I'd suggest avoiding a standard boot cut leg. Much better to go with a slim, cigarette cut, which means to the ankle with a heel, or a wide leg flare [think Bianca Jagger] to avoid looking like you've come from the office. And go bold with the top underneath, again avoid a shirt for the same reason, and a strappy top might be too much come the evening when you're on the dance floor shaking your thang. Instead go for an interesting structured top with a print or bold colour, in a luxe fabric such as silk. I like Mary Portas and & Other Stories for these kind of occasion tops as they're a little different and you're less likely to bump into someone wearing the same thing.

Above all this is the time to make confident choices and express yourself. It's a time to have fun with what you're wearing. A great pair of earrings will always work with a structured, simple jacket too!

Hope that helps. x

1. Thalea Lavanta suit jacket, Ted Baker at House of Fraser | SHOP NOW |
2. Invitation Veronique jacket, Hobbs | SHOP NOW |
3. Violeta Crepe blazer, Mango | SHOP NOW |
4. Structured jacket, Zara | SHOP NOW |
5. Cotton blazer, Oasis | SHOP NOW |

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