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Wedding Guest Style

What to wear and how to shop…

This is definitely the time of year when those wedding invites may send you into a panic of what to wear.  But before you head to the shops here are a few questions worth pondering on for a moment …

Do I have a fabulous dress lurking in the wardrobe that guests haven’t seen me in before?

Can I up-style it with a few new accessories and create a whole new look?

Do I have some wonderful shoes that need a special occasion?  This could be a starting point…

Or maybe you have a knockout vintage bag or piece of jewellery you could work around…

I am always amazed when I hear people say “Oh I bought that for a wedding but I will never wear it again.”  Is this ringing any bells?  I think that’s a real shame, what other occasion would you think it’s grand to spend money on an item and just wear it once?  Not many I guess.  We’re big believers in investing in core wardrobe essentials which will be worn over and over, but spending a lot of money on an outfit you will only wear once doesn’t make any real sense (with the exception being of course your wedding dress!)  If you are going to buy something new be sure you love it, know it will make a brilliant addition to your wardrobe and that you will wear it again.  With this in mind, it’s important to stick to your own style and taste, otherwise you could end up with a one hit wonder!

Here are a few of our tips for you to help you get a winning look…
  • When shopping its good to have a very clear idea of the style or look you are going for and stay focused.  Having said that don’t limit your options too much by just focusing on one particular style and colour as you may overlook other worthy options.
  • Remember to keep in mind your body shape and colouring, by going for a style that really works for you and you will feel more confident and enjoy the day all the more.
  • Avoid fabrics that crease if you can as you will be sitting for certain parts of the day.  Test this out by scrunching up a handful of fabric in your hand, hold for a few seconds and let go, this will give you a good indication of how crease proof the dress will be.
  • If you decide to go for a dress with a print, it’s preferable to buy this from a boutique as it limits the possibility of someone else turning up in the same dress.
  • Some boutiques also keep a record of ‘who bought what for where’ which is an excellent idea, always worth asking.
  • A dress in a block colour is always a good investment as you can create a host of different looks by clever accessorizing, a few different wedding options here…
  • To style up a simple fave dress you may have already and put your own unique spin on it, its well worth a brouse in your local vintage shops for one off accessories.  A fabulous new pair of shoes can also dramatically change the look of a dress, just make sure, again, that you can wear them with other outfits!
  • As for head pieces there are quiet a few milliners out there now who will make bespoke pieces to suit your outfit.
  • If are not spending a fortune on a new outfit, why not have an up-do hairstyle, or have your makeup done by a professional…

The end result should mean that you have shopped wisely look and feel great and even ended up with a few new desirable wardrobe lovelies and a fantastic new outfit to boot.