April 17th 2015
Fashion High Five: What to wear to a wedding
June 26th 2014
What with all the wedding-wear rules in the world to contend with, we're pretty stuck when it comes to guest outfits. Stylist Laura Fantacci helps us out...
What to wear at a wedding is, at least for me, always a bit of a conundrum. Obviously white is out of the question, but what are all the other rules about skirt length and shoulder cover-ups? I’ve spent the last ten years attending weddings of all sorts and, having been a bride myself, I’ve come to the conclusion that dressing for the bride's wedding theme is the way forward.
So try and find out what the theme of the wedding is: is it a bohemian garden party or a town hall bash? Dress accordingly and the bride will love you for it and you will look great in the photos from the day. In this month’s Fashion High Five I thought I would identify five types of weddings and your perfect dress to match.
1) The city wedding
This type of wedding is often quite smart, so darker colours and longer lengths are more suitable. I love this midi length J.Crew chic dress that will take you from the church to the dance floor in perfect style. Pair it with killer heels and add a little jacket or a throw to the shoulder in the church.
2) The summer wedding
Summer weddings are all about romance, lace and soft, powdery shades – for this type of wedding choose a lace or a broaderie frock in a pastel colour. I love this Coast dress- it comes with a demure high neck which makes it really modern and expensive looking.
3) The church wedding
If you are attending a church wedding you must consider your shoulders being covered. What I love about this Zara dress is that it is so plain and simple (whilst being super chic) that you can go wild with accessories. I would wear it with a pair of mad sandals, a sparkly pair of earrings and finish it off with a beaded clutch.
4) The boho wedding
My wedding was all about floral prints and maxi lengths so I would have loved for all of my girlfriends to wear something like this (infact, most of them did). For this type of wedding (often set in a garden), opt for the comfort of flats rather than heels, and choose billowy shapes like this dreamy Topshop number.
5) The party wedding
This type of wedding often centres around a fabulous dinner and dance party, so I say take your legs out and make an entrance in a little black frock. Add a touch of colour and always accessorise with bright shoes or sparkle - it’s a wedding after all and you don’t want to look too serious.