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

Duchess Kate’s final Canadian looks take a cowgirl twist.

The Canadian leg of the royal tour came to an end with the Calgary stampede, which saw Duchess Kate in a white leather Stetson, cowboy boots and bootcut jeans. Dressing perfectly to fit the occasion, Kate reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor  in Giant as she enjoyed the Calgary festivities.

Kate wore two pretty blouses by Alice Temperley from her resort 2012 collection. The first was a pretty blue and white embroidered blouse with a real Country and Western feel to it. Kate teamed this with a pair of bootcut jeans from Goldsign – the Passion bootcut style that saw a move away from the J Brand skinnies that she seemed to live in during the middle section of the tour. For day two of the Stampede, Kate wore the pretty Temperley ‘Rodeo’ shirt with its gorgeous white lace inserts.

I personally hate the cowboy styling on anyone, but it was entirely fitting for the occasion and I think Kate got it just right with such gorgeous blouses. These looks occurred after two bits of fashion controversy for the Duchess. The first was when Kate wore a dress by Danish designer Malene Birger. This was the first time that Kate had moved away from a British designer,or a British based designer, since the wedding.The dress was very stylish, cream silk and linen, and was teamed with LK Bennett’s platform heels,  but it was again criticised for being ‘nice and safe’, and many commentators seemed fed up with the colour pallete of nude shades.

For those desperate for colour, Kate wore a gorgeous Jenny Packham yellow ‘Primrose’ dress when she arrived at Calgary airport. This was a real vintage style dress, similar to the 1950s daydresses in its simplicity and styling. The dress had a real summer feel to it, and looked very fresh, but then Kate had a Marilyn  Monroe moment that saw the dress billowing about and almost revealing those royal Golden point knickers! Nobody could’ve accused that of being a boring look!

 

Kate left Canada in perfect style. She paid a final tribute to their hosts by wearing a beautiful fit and flared coat dress by Catherine Walker in Canadian red. With that Maple leaf brooch on her lapel, she looked every inch the confident royal Duchess, and this outfit was the perfect mix of Kate’s sophistication, and clever knack of styling.

Kate’s next stop is America, and a BAFTA dinner giving the Duchess the chance to outshine Hollywood’s brightest stars.

Style icon of the month June -Lily Allen

There was only one choice for style icon of the month for June – beautiful bride and glowing bride-to-be Lily Allen. I have been a fan of Lily’s style since I saw her at Glastonbury wearing a multi-coloured ball gown and hi-top trainers. She had that eclectic mix of vintage and street style that made her look totally original. I was a fan of her Lily Loves collection for New Look (Still have two dresses in my wardrobe), and just thought she was a total one-off, an English eccentric.

Lily’s style has grown over the years, she has developed a penchant for Chanel and for vintage dresses and pieces. She has left the music industry for the time being, and is concentrating on what is turning into a vintage clothing empire, ‘Lucy in Disguise’. With sister Sarah, this month has seen the launch of her vintage inspired collections in Harvey Nichols stores nationwide, with Lily wearing key looks from the collection.

This month has also  seen Lily’s wedding featuring not one, but two, vintage style wedding dresses. The main dress was a beautiful 1920’s style lace creation by french designer Delphine Manivet, whilst the evening bought a medieval style number by Karl Lagerfeld. Both were exquisite in their styling and detail, and I loved the Juliet style veil she wore.

Lily took a honeymoon in Paris, where she covered her bump in classy fashion with a large Chanel bag, and then took in a Louis Vuitton show wearing leopard print. That’s my idea of a honeymoon.

Here are some key looks from Lily’s month.