Wedding style for the summer
Jun 7 2010 by Catherine Llewellyn, The Journal
IT’S the time of year when summer wedding invitations start coming in. CATHERINE LLEWELLYN gives tips on how to look your best at the occasion without breaking the bank.
WEDDINGS are a great occasion for dressing up, and, with a bit of careful manoeuvring, needn’t be expensive. The high street is brimming with occasion wear for all styles and budgets.
Floaty, floral designs always look at home at a summer wedding – wear with simple accessories for a romantic, yet stylish look. Be prepared for the inevitable British weather by adding a pashmina.
A maxi dress worn with wedges will give height at a less formal occasion, but dress up more for weddings after 6pm – still keep the look summery with sleeveless dresses, strappy sandals and glowing skin.
Empire dresses suit all figures and worn in a bright colour will ensure to stand out from the muted crowd. Experiment with colour and opt for vibrant oranges, canary yellows and lime greens.
Tea dresses in pastel shades look beautiful on petite frames, whilst dresses with a scoop neck will flatter ladies with a curvier shape.
For fashion forward evening wear, a structured dress with a ruffled, asymmetrical shoulder is just the ticket. Opt for one with a knee-grazing hemline to create a demure silhouette. The look will be classy yet stylish.
If your dress is simple, opt for a glamorous jacket with beading or lace detailing for a more vintage look or customise a simple jacket with a pretty broach to show individual taste.
If you’re aiming for the Jackie O look, there are many beautiful dress suits in shops such as Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.
Alternatively, opt for a stylish jumpsuit. Choose a smart all-in-one in a neutral shade and glam up with accessories.
Classic white, tailored trousers are a great asset to any wardrobe as they can be mixed and matched with different tops to take the look from day to night. When wearing a dress, a white blazer makes for a crisp, pulled-together look. White is the colour of the season, and compliments sun-kissed skin.
If there isn’t enough time for a full change of make-up from day to night, make subtle changes to feel more glamorous for the reception. A different set of heels and a darker lipstick will set off your evening look.
Hats and fascinators add a touch of glamour and are a great way of completing your outfit. For those who prefer not to fork out for just one day, there are many hat boutiques around the region, offering a hire service. Alternatively, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Accessorize have great selections of hats, which won’t break the bank.
If you shy away from head wear, opt for a subtle crystal clip or pretty flower for a younger look.
Ultimately, wear something you feel comfortable in. Most weddings last for most of the day, so even though those ultra high heels look great, you’ll regret wearing them come 7pm.
But the key rule for any wedding , is – don’t outshine the bride.