Wedding season is here – bring me my stylish outfit!
Wedding season is upon us and boy do I love a wedding. However I appreciate finding a wedding outfit can be quite a stressful process. In my opinion it’s because we think too hard about whether an outfit is “wedding appropriate”. This results in us opting for an outfit that isn’t really our style which means we’ll never feel good in it. My one piece of advice would be to remember what makes you feel good to wear and what suits you. If you’re not a floral fan – don’t wear them; If you’re not a dress fan – find an alternative; if you can’t wear heels, opt for some beautiful flats. The most stunning wedding outfits I’ve seen are understated, unexpected and worn by women who feel super confident in them.
If you are a regular reader of my Style Post you’ll know I’m not a fan of too many style rules! Here’s a previous Wedding Style Post to remind you of some of the reasons (in my experience) women feel, under pressure, buy mistakes and waste money on wedding outfits.
With this in mind – here are some ‘alternative’ wedding outfit options to inspire you when your next wedding invitation drops through your door.
For those who ask: “How can I wear a floral print without feeling “mumsy”?
Wearing florals doesn’t mean you have to opt for ditzy prints and floaty dresses. You may prefer a more structured style with a bolder feel. I love the oriental style of this tunic and cigarette trouser combination. Try teaming with some simple pointed stilettos (or kitten heels if you don’t have the stamina!) and fabulous earrings – stunning. Alternatively why not try an ankle-length pencil dress - incredibly chic – just add a bold clutch and some statement heels.
For those who ask: What is a stylish alternative to wearing a dress?
A good friend of mine chose this fabulous navy Whistles jumpsuit below for her birthday celebrations – it looked stunning on her and could be a great wedding outfit if you’re not a ‘dress’ fan. Alternatively this red wide-leg version from Massimo Dutti oozes effortless style. For a wedding I’d team either one with some great heels and a cream tux jacket over your shoulders. NB: the fashion term is “shoulder robing” (should you need to know)!
For those who ask: Is wearing black and/or lace appropriate for a wedding?
Yes – if you choose the right version. Here are two beautiful dresses from Maje and Self Portrait that would be perfect for a wedding. Both versions are ‘pretty’ without being too gothic or too funereal! Keep accessories simple to allow the dress to stand out and keep shoes to silver, black or tan for a cool and classy look.
For those who ask: Do I need to wear heels to look dressy for a wedding?
Whilst I love a high heel I know they’re not for everyone (especially at weddings) so why not try a kitten or block heel or statement flats – there’s no need to feel underdressed in lower heels – check out these to prove my point!
For those who ask “What is a stylish alternative to a fascinator?
If you’re a hat fan why not try a wide-brimmed floppy version – so chic and easy to wear. I’ve already purchased this red and pink one below. If your style has more of a vintage feel to it, there are beautiful headbands available like this green one below from Anthropologie. This style looks particularly stunning if you have short hair. Finally, if you want to add ‘just a little something’, try a statement clip like this gorgeous one below from Elizabeth and James.
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