I was lucky enough to go to to an incredible wedding last weekend. The bride and groom were radiantly happy, it was the most magical day and I was able to reconnect with friends that I hadn't seen for many years. However, in the week leading up to the wedding, what was I stressing about? Yes, you've got it, what to wear!
Why is dressing for a wedding so difficult? We all want to find the perfect outfit, and it becomes even more tricky (and expensive) when you have multiple weddings to go to.
Of course comfort is essential. When you have a 1pm ceremony and know that you will be hitting the dance floor until late, you do not want to be worried about pinching shoes, dresses that are too long or too short... or just 'not right'.Then there is the British weather to consider. We could be basking in sunshine in June and July, or wanting to cosy up next to the fire... who knows? And, on top of that we all want to look effortlessly chic and stylish! Hmmm, it's a big ask!
Over the next few weeks we will share some of our secrets for looking and feeling good at weddings. There is nothing worse than going to an event and regretting your outfit choice - I know that I have had some classics over the years...
The majority of weddings that I go to these days are of a more relaxed affair than what could be considered traditional. Of course I always want to feel like I'm going to a wedding and I love dressing up - but I think there is now far more scope as to what is acceptable attire. I rarely feel the need to wear a hat, but equally I would not feel out of place if I did so. I wonder if this relaxation of rules has in itself made shopping for weddings even more confusing? We now have too many choices.
I hit the high street today looking for some inspiration and found it in the form of floaty, patterned summery dresses! They are everywhere, and in a multitude of styles making them a versatile option for many body shapes.
If bold florals aren't your thing, there are many subtle prints around in a variety of lengths and colours. One of my favourites is the Dahliah printed silk dress at Anthropologie. I love the drapey sleeves and pleats at the waistline giving great structure to the dress although it's a very soft, floaty silk fabric. I would style this dress with a cropped jacket and block heels for a wedding - but also really loved that it could be dressed down for future wearability. For a completely different casual look, the dress could easily be paired with trainers and a denim (or even leather) jacket.
As I scoured the rails I realised that being able to wear an item multiple times has become much more important to me. I don't have a huge wardrobe space, nor do I have an enormous budget. I also feel we have gone a little too far with disposable fashion.We could all wear a wedding outfit to more than one wedding, and with a little tweaking no one would ever know. Equally it's possible to transform an outfit with accessories to enable a much more casual look - so these summery styles just fit the bill.
Phase 8 has many fabulous dresses that could easily create a striking wedding outfit, and could then multitask in a more casual style. I love the Klara printed dress (especially as it is currently 20% off.
Italian brand Motivi have some stunning dresses, perfect for a wedding but with a quick restyle can be worn time and time again. I love the addition of the belt instead of the sash in the dress below.
It is the perfect time of year to hit the high street if you are going to a wedding over the summer. There are some beautiful styles and colours out there guaranteed to make you look and feel like the chic, stylish (and comfortable) wedding guest that you want to be!
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