Explaining why she started her wedding gown business, designer Vera Wang said ‘when I decided to get married at 40, I couldn’t find a dress with the modernity or sophistication I wanted.’ Dressing for weddings throws so many guests into a tailspin, and rarely (in my opinion) do they look modern or sophisticated either.
I am not a fan of the traditional wedding look. Women tend to look frumpy or overdone. Many people leave it to the last minute. They end up panic-buying on the high street and the result is an outfit they are unhappy with and uncomfortable wearing. It’s a sartorial minefield.
Here are my tips to help you be the best dressed guest this summer, without, of course, upstaging the bride.
Ladies, you don’t have to wear a hat. Or a dress, for that matter. There are cooler alternatives out there:
- Trousers: consider wide leg trousers in vibrant colours (or a small print) with a silk top and heels. Or go ‘matchy-matchy’ in a floral print top and trousers (very 2015)
- Slim trouser suits: in powder pink, sand or ice blue are a great way to work pastel shades without looking too girlie.
- Go ‘midi’: a midi length skirt, dress or culottes worn with block heels is a cool modern option
- The jumpsuit: is fast becoming a classic. A great option for a black tie wedding
Do not wear a hat with a long evening or maxi dress as it will completely unbalance the look. Fascinators can work but keep them small – your best bet is adding sparkle and texture with a hair clip or slide. If your dress (or trousers or jumpsuit) is plain, you can wear more elaborate accessories. Likewise, if you choose a bold print then keep your accessories clean and simple.
Modern weddings vary, so make sure you understand and adhere to the dress code as stated on the invitation. Consider your whole outfit, while paying attention to the details – this will help you retain elements of your individual style and ensure that everything works together. Keep it simple, and you’ll be sure to be the best dressed guest this summer…
This is an edited version of my article in July’s Platinum Business Magazine.