The arrival of Summer also heralds the start of wedding season and selecting an outfit that is flattering, comfortable, appropriate for the occasion and adaptable for the great British Summer can often seem daunting!
If you’re looking for some inspiration then you’ve come to the right place! In this post I’ll take you through some outfit suggestions and tips to ensure you stand out for all the right reasons (just try not to upstage the bride!)
If you’ve had your colours analysed you’ll know exactly which your “wow” colours are but, if not, I’d suggest choosing a shade that you’ve worn and loved previously. Don’t opt for white or ivory (too bridal), avoid black (it’s a bit “heavy” for summer and such a joyous occasion) and don’t go TOO bright (Clears and Dramatics, I’m talking to you!)
If possible, take a critical look at some photos of yourself dressed up for previous occasions and assess which outfits worked well and which were less successful. So many women are prompted to come to me for colour and style advice because they’ve seen themselves in photos and realised the outfit they were wearing really wasn’t as flattering as they’d originally thought. If you’re buying something new, why not take a “selfie” so you can see how good (or not!) your outfit looks.
You Don’t Have To Do a Dress
A dress is a chic, easy option for a wedding, and there’s no reason not to go for this if you find something you love and which flatters your body shape and proportions. However, don’t forget that there are many alternatives to a dress that you may want to try. Skirts have made something of a comeback in recent years and are a great option for a wedding. Triangle body shapes in particular will love the trend for full, prom-style skirts that is prevalent at the moment and what’s more you can get lots of wear out of a skirt for other occasions by changing your top, shoes and accessories.
Don’t like your legs? Then try a jumpsuit! There are quite a few around just now and they can look very stylish. Be sure to choose a material that works for your body shape to ensure your jumpsuit is as flattering and comfortable as possible. If you have a waist, cinch it in with a belt.
Shoes can make or break an outfit and the wrong pair can cripple your feet, so it’s important to get them right!
If you’re wearing new shoes for the big day, make sure you give them a trial run at home first (top tip, if they need wearing in then pop a pair of thick socks on and wear them around the house to soften and loosen any areas that may pinch your feet). If you have room in your bag its always wise to put a pair of flats in so you can enjoy showing off your moves on the dance floor rather than toe-tapping on the sidelines! If you have great legs, why not invest in some statement shoes to draw attention to them? You can even design your own bespoke shoes online to complement your outfit at Shoes of Prey – Be warned though you can spend a serious amount of time playing around with the multiplicity of design options they offer! If your legs aren’t your best feature, a pair of nude courts or sandals are a good option and work particularly well with summer outfits.
Finally – don’t forget the details. Hats tend to be worn less at weddings these days (unless you’re mother of the bride or groom) but a percher (as seen on the Duchess of Cambridge recently), or a simple hair accessory will complete your look and instantly make it feel more ‘wedding appropriate’. Deborah Dalton who is based in Chandler’s Ford makes exquisite bespoke hats at very reasonable prices. She is holding a sample sale on Wednesday 27th July when she will be selling one-off designs for just £35 – £50, so why not make an appointment to see what she has to offer?
Finish your ensemble with some carefully selected jewellery and a bag or clutch in a complementary colour (These days it doesn’t have to match your shoes and/or hat) and you’ll be good to go!
If you’d like some colour or style advice for a special occasion, do get in touch with me.