A wedding is always a joyful occasion. But I can guarantee, within minutes of opening the invitation your mind will be on that all-important question – what do I wear?
Luckily, I have a simple guide that will take the guesswork out of shopping for a wedding outfit!
1. Consider the venue and time of day
What to wear to a wedding reception depends on several things. For example, where the wedding is being held and when. As you can imagine, a church wedding at 3pm will be much smarter than a beach wedding at 1pm. But regardless of the time or place, all wedding receptions require a certain degree of decorum.
Women definitely have more flexibility than men, but a dress is the safest choice for most weddings. You can never go wrong with a floaty, midi design (plain or patterned) complete with dressy accessories of your choice.
2. No dress? No stress!
Instead of a midi dress, why not try a midi skirt? You can pair a midi skirt with a cropped top (if you have a smaller waist) or a long-sleeve blouse. You can opt for a tone-on-tone look or go for an unlikely colour combo that will give your look the wow factor.
3. Wear High Waist Trousers or a Jumpsuit
You can take the stress of putting together a stylish outfit by opting for a dressy jumpsuit that suits your shape. All you then have to do to complete the look is accessorise!
4. Put some thought into your accessories
Once you’ve nailed your wedding look and you’re completely happy with it, you can really start to have some fun with your accessories. My advice is to pick your outfit first and the find accessories to suit afterwards. Depending on the look you’ve decided to go for, accessorising will always look different. My method is to apply what I call the rule of opposites between your outfit and accessories. For example, if you’ve chosen a very simple/neutral dress or special occasion set, you might want to transform it with colourful, printed or heavily detailed accessories. Similarly, if your outfit is colourful or detailed with lace, embellished or printed, you’ll most likely want to opt for plain, simple and elegant accessories.
5. Don’t forget a cover up or outerwear!
If you decide to go for a sleeveless dress or top, you’ll likely need something to cover your arms. I prefer to wear an overcoat in the form of a long, lightweight coat and then take it off and show my arms indoors.
However, I realise that a few of my clients prefer to keep their arms covered.
If this is you, then a wrap or lightweight shawl will come in handy! You can wear a wrap/shawl at the church, in an air-conditioned reception hall, or on a patio if the reception is outside. Ensure your wrap is delicate and ladylike to create the right image.
Remember, your outfit is yours and you need to inject your own personal style into your look!
And there you have it! Some simple tips to help guide your shopping or outfit choices… all you have to do now is look forward to the big day!
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Until next time,
Your personal stylist,