Be a stylish wedding guest

2017 is a very special day for my family as it is the year my little brother gets married. His fiancee Natalie will make a honest man of him this July in the beautiful, sunny surroundings of Cyprus. I am getting very excited already, not just at the thought of two weeks in Pathos, or even at the idea that my youngest sibling will finally be married, but at the idea of getting very dressed up for the wedding. Because who doesn’t love getting dressed up!

There used to be hard and fast rules about how you dressed as a wedding guest. Hats seemed to be obligatory, as did pastel colours and smart two piece suits of the kind Jacques Vert do so well. But these days it really seems anything goes. You can wear black, in fact I wore black as Maid of Honour for my sister’s wedding. You don’t have to wear a suit, whether you be male or female, more casual options can also work as more and more weddings take place outside the tradition confines of the church. Hats are no longer obligatory – you can opt for a fascinator, a jewelled headpiece or nothing at all. Even white or ivory are no longer off limits for guests. I got married in Greece, and with the high temperatures most of the guests wore white or cream linen to stay cool in the heat.

Celebrity Wedding Guests

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When it comes to choosing a beautiful dress, Love the Sales is well worth a look. They have a great range of beautiful dresses at much reduced prices, these range from High Street names Dorothy Perkins and Lipsy, plus size ranges like Scarlett and Jo, to designer names like Ralph Lauren and Peter Pilotto. The wide range of dresses mean that you should be able to find something for a wedding in any setting, climate or with any theme.

Here are a few dresses I have chosen which would make you a perfectly stylish wedding guest.

Coast PetiteCLAUDETTE - Cocktail dress / Party dress - coral

Coast PetiteCLAUDETTE – Cocktail dress / Party dress – coral

Dorothy PerkinsNATALIE - Occasion wear - red

Dorothy PerkinsNATALIE – Occasion wear – red

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Capri floral-print cotton dress

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Capri floral-print cotton dress

 Jaeger Ruched Neck Column Dress


                               Jaeger Ruched Neck Column Dress

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Precis Petite Carley Check Flared Dress

 Gina Bacconi Lace dress with v neck and long sleeves


Gina Bacconi Lace dress with v neck and long sleeves

 Grace Made In Britain Print Maxi


Grace Made In Britain Print Maxi

 Jolie Moi V Neck Pleated Lace Dress


Jolie Moi V Neck Pleated Lace Dress

 Havren Matilda Sleeveless Lace Dress


Havren Matilda Sleeveless Lace Dress

 

 

Studio 75YASGOLDIE - Occasion wear

Studio 75YASGOLDIE – Occasion wear

CoastKENDRINA - Cocktail dress / Party dress - rose

CoastKENDRINA – Cocktail dress / Party dress – rose

 Fenn Wright Manson Northern Lights Dress


Fenn Wright Manson Northern Lights Dress

**Showcase Curve Dusky Pink Maxi Dress

**Showcase Curve Dusky Pink Maxi Dress

Kate’s farewell to Singapore…and Hello to Malaysia

The fashion parade continued for the Duchess of Cambridge as William and Kate bid a fond farewell to Singapore and then said hello to Malaysia. We saw the first evening dress of the tour, and another who’s who parade of British design with more new dresses that elicited the usual raft of praise and ridicule for the Duchess.

Kate’s final Singapore look was a powder blue shirtwaist-er dress from Jenny Packham. Simple and elegant, this dress has a pleated skirt and a lace bodice. Many have commented that the use of pleated skirts/dresses on this tour could be a device for covering  a baby bump, which may well be true, but Kate still looks very slim and the dresses have also been elegant choices. This dress was to a visit to a Military Ceremony, so I was surprised by the criticism of Kate’s look being boring. This was respectful, subdued and unshowy – the perfect look for a solemn occasion.

Get the Look – pastel, lace effect dresses

Warehouse Lace Back Dress

Jolie Moi Collared lace dress

Kate and William then travelled onto Malaysia where the Duchess wore a stunning evening dress from Alexander McQueen for a state dinner with the Malaysian Royal family. This dress had two purposes. Obviously Kate looks like a fairytale in this dress, which had a definite boho/ethnic style vibe which is totally unlike anything she has worn before. But the dress also paid tribute to her hosts as it was embroidered with hibiscus, the national flower of Malaysia. The white and gold was a little Princess Jasmine, but all the better for it, Kate is the latest fairytale princess so I can’t see a problem with dressing like one for one night.

For her first visit to a Mosque, Kate turned to another one of her favourite labels, the ethically friendly Beulah London. This dress, the Sabitri dress is available on the Beulah London website as a limited edition, and is again in Powder Blue silk.  Kate had to combine this with a matching headscarf to enter the mosque. I think it was again a great look for Kate, engagement appropriate, soft and feminine, and very modest.

Sabitri Dress £895

Get the look – chiffon style dresses

True Decadence Midi pleat belted shirt dress

Cream pleated dress

Vintage embroidered mesh dress

Yesterday Kate unveiled yet another new look, this one from one of my favourite designers, Alice Temperley. This was an exquisite creation that combined a white floral and  lace overlay onto an under layer or, you’ve guessed it, powder blue.  I think this is one of Kate’s most beautiful looks ever. The dress is just so pretty, and I love the pretty pearl pins she wore in her up-swept hairstyle.

 

Get the Look – lace overlay dresses

alice lace dress £160.00 click to visit Coast

The London Dress £40.00 click to visit French Connection

 

Duchess Kate – More Singapore looks to Savour

I have to say just how much I am enjoying the fashion odyssey currently being undertaken by the Duchess of Cambridge has she makes her way around Singapore. There have been no fashion recycled pieces yet, and with up to three changes of dress in a day, this makes exiting viewing for Kate watchers everywhere. The designer names she has worn so far are almost a who’s who of fashion at this moment, Jenny Packham, Prabal Gurung, Erdem, Alexander McQueen and Raoul have all been showcased to great effect, as the Duchess breezes through the unenviable task of looking stylish and keeping cool in very balmy conditions. (I went to Singapore and couldn’t stop the hair sticking to my head, so much Kudos to Kate for looking so effortlessly beautiful so far).

The first look yesterday was one of my favourite Kate pieces. A gorgeous broderie anglais design from Alexander McQueen, this 1950s belted dress utilized a cotton design and looked both elegant and crisp. My one moan would be the shoes – the navy wedges are great and probably very comfortable, but I think they look a bit heavy for this look -I would’ve love some nude strappy sandals instead.

 

You can get broderie anglais pieces quite cheaply now in the end of summer sales, and it is well worth picking up pieces as this is a timeless look that comes out of the wardrobe every summer. If you are going on a late holiday, just imagine this crisp, pure look against sunkissed skin – absolutely perfect!

Get the look – broderie anglais

Brand logo L.K. Bennett Tiffany Broderie Anglaise Dress

MADEMOISELLE DRESS

Kate’s 2nd look yesterday was from rising international label Raoul. This was a gorgeous, floaty blouse and skirt in a retro style print that had great flashes of orange running through it.  The skirt had a slight pleat detail and again this seemed the perfect choice for the warm weather conditions – light as a feather and floaty. Both pieces were available on Matches, but as usual with anything Kate wears, they have now sold out!

 

Get the Look

Oasis Spot Pleated Belted

Acorn Print Pleated Dress

Kate’s final look yesterday was a watered silk lined, pleated dress from Erdem. Again this dress had a decidedly oriental print, this time in soft blues, greys and occasional splashes of coral. I particularly loved the sleeve detail, which was semi sheer, and seemed to have been added to the original design of this dress (The Meryl) especially for Kate.

Get the look – pleated dresses

LOWLA – Floral pleated dress

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Kaliko Tattoo Pleat Dress

I’m totally loving Kate’s wardrobe at the moment, and looking forward to seeing what each new day brings.