I don’t normally have rules for dressing up, however weddings are the exception. With black and white out of the colour palette and hem length, baring shoulder and cleavage to consider, along with a dress that transitions from the day ceremony to night reception, the whole process can be a sartorial minefield! The key is to not upstage the bride so anything that screams “look at me” should be avoided (enter prom dresses, maxi’s with trains, multi-coloured sequins, see through dresses, plunging necklines, backless or cut-out dresses and jeans and a t-shirt!). Also it’s worth checking what colour the bridesmaids are wearing to avoid getting confused as being part of the bridal party. Bearing in mind all these potential faux pas, it’s still important to look your best 🙂
For Tim and Katy’s wedding this weekend I wore a Raquel Allegra lace dress. This is my all-time favourite dress – I’ve nicknamed it the “Taj Mahal” of dresses due to the intricate hand-made lacework :-P. Raquel is an LA based designer first launching her collection in 2009 and famed for customising t-shirts once worn by inmates of LA country jail! She is the queen of tie-dye and the hours and hours of workmanship that goes into her collection is apparent the minute you touch any of her garments (available in Harrods, Liberty, MatchesFashion, Net-a-Porter). Her collection is geared mostly towards casual, bohemian and easy breezy wear and while this dress exudes her general style, it is also very chic and the drop waist makes it really feminine. And I LOVE the colour combination of the slip and lace overlay.
Wedding outfits can be easily spruced up with accessories like a fascinator and a clutch bag and recycling an old dress meant I could invest in some new accessories. I splashed out on a pair of DVF shoes and matching handbag (both on sale!) – shout out to the lovely ladies at the Wimbledon store for being so helpful! This clever bag has a handle that can be neatly tucked away and worn as a clutch in the daytime and shoulder bag in the evening to free up my hands for moves on the dance floor! My feet weren’t designed to handle skyscraper heels (I struggle with heels more than 2 inches) so these sandals were perfect in comfort factor for lasting me all day and night.
PS: how cool is it to see a dress you own appear on a TV show – which is ironically one of the groom’s favourite TV shows! (http://wornontv.net/26148/)
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Shoes: DVF (on sale!)
Bag: DVF available at Sue Parkinson