His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was “I do”
Carrie Bradshaw (Sex & the City)
I love weddings. Nothing quite gets me more than seeing the bride in her dress for the very first time. There is something about the seasonal flowers in her hands and the layers of intricate fabric that makes up her dress, that makes me giddy inside. And that’s before I even look up to see her beautiful face, speaking a thousand words of emotion, walking down the aisle towards her soul mate.
Weddings bring out my more romantic side, allowing me to be a little more spontaneous and a lot more carefree in my outfit choices. I relish the opportunity to dress up and indulge in clothing that my daily Mummy uniform doesn’t allow. However, since having children, I have found that comfort now plays an important role in my clothing choices… shoes being key.
This year as a family, we have been invited to three weddings, all calling for styles to take me from day to evening. I’m a dress girl by heart, they make me feel feminine and take the stress out of outfit building. With that in mind, I need to find the perfect styles that fit me to perfection, whilst allowing me to attend to the boys comfortably. Celebrating someone’s union should feel joyous; therefore no one wants to see me sitting there, grumpy because “my dress is too tight”.
So with this in mind, I have started to gather a camera role of dresses I love. Dresses that tick the current summer dress trends and equally come in flattering silhouettes to enhance my curves. Today I wanted to share with you my edit of the best wedding guest dress options and the trends behind the styles.
There is something romantic and yet seductive about a nude dress. It’s the most grown-up shade in the pink palette and can be seen to be both feminine and womanly. I recently attended a friends wedding and picked out this bow shoulder style from Myleene Klass. The bows kept it playful and the mid-length added an element of sophistication. As we were attending the evening reception, minus the boys, I had an opportunity to add a leopard court. Hidden within my dress I wore my superwoman big pants, which smoothed down my lumps, enhancing my new curvier shape.
If I was to re-wear this dress for a day wedding, I would have added a gold sandal, metallics compliment soft pinks to perfection. Equally black or more traditional creamier nudes in court shoes or strappy heeled sandals.
The beauty of a lilac hue lies in its ability to encompass any shape or fabric it embodies. This season the new colour of choice can be found in lace-structured dresses, flowing maxi styles dotted with pretty flowers or fit and flare skater dress shapes.
For me, lavender says, “hey, I may have lost my fashion feet post-baby, but I still have my pulse on the trends”. As the colour of the season, this purple tone has worked its way down from the catwalks and onto the high street. Lavender is traditionally a cool tone; therefore play around with the shades to find one that suits you impeccably.
A note of caution, Lavender is a trend; therefore you instantly lose your cost per wear.
Working our way through this seasons ice cream pastels, we find ourselves at cool mint. A softer shade of green and flattering on all skin tones, this is the perfect colour for evoking summer oceans and evening cool breezes. A great colour for both a city and beach wedding especially if you have the opportunity to go the Caribbean. Oh, we sit and wish.
Like lavender, it works well on so many dress shapes, from 1950’s style prom dresses to more floatier silhouettes, such as the pleated midi dress. There is something ultra cool about a mint dress, something that says, I don’t follow the crowds. Mint works so well with navy and grey (hint hint gentlemen) therefore perfect for creating that perfect couple Instagram pose.
I love flowers. I love how they transform a room and lift my mood. They also evoke a feeling of romance and love, which to me is the perfect print for a wedding. From scattered buds to oversized blooms, this season more than ever, the garden print favourite is here to stay. For me, a print is a personal thing and therefore a trickier trend to shop for. Firstly gravitate to the prints that speak to you, and then use your intuition to strip out the shapes that compliment your figure.
There is so much choice at the moment and I’m loving these darker mulberry florals, especially for our early autumn weddings. Keep accessories simple and let the florals speak for themselves.
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“Yellow, like the sunshine”, is my son Henry’s favourite expression. The sunshine makes him happy, it means he can have ice cream in the garden and play catch until the sun goes down. There is something youthful and playful about wearing a bright to a wedding and the yellow dress will not disappoint.
Just look at Amal Clooney at the recent nuptials to Harry and Megan. Her yellow pencil dress fitted her to perfection and the colour worked perfectly against our English summers day. With yellow, I feel you need to be highly optimistic about the weather, as rain and grey skies can suddenly make you look overdressed.
The high street also has a beautiful selection of prints in more softer lemon tones or dresses with actual lemons printed on them. Not for the faint-hearted, but perfect if you are feeling you’re most confident, go for it.