n Whether you’re the mother of the bride or just a friend of the happy couple, ensure your church appearance is a style triumph by following Kerr and Power’s checklist:
While the first rule of being a wedding guest is never to outshine the bride, that doesn’t mean dressing down for the occasion.
With an estimated two billion people worldwide watching last week’s royal wedding, the congregation temporarily transformed Westminster Abbey into both catwalk and rainbow.
The Queen wore yellow, mother of the bride Carole Middleton opted for sky blue while Prince Harry’s on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy sported aqua green.
Style leaders Victoria Beckham and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson chose striking ensembles involving headpiece, hat and hair jewellery.
Inspired by the glamorous guest list of royalty, celebrities and dignitaries, here’s a guide to how to dress to impress at those ‘I do’ occasions this summer...
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Unless you’re attending a black tie or cocktail affair, the rules for a daytime wedding are more relaxed.
“The goal is to create an outfit that’s cheerful and celebratory, ideally something similar to what you’d wear to a daytime religious occasion - but dressier,” explain Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, authors of new book What To Wear, Where.
“The trick to getting your daytime wedding look right is in paying attention to your choice of materials,” Kerr and Power advise.
“Avoid super-casual fabrics at all costs, meaning no jersey, cotton, or polyester.
“Instead, reach for lightweight dressy fabrics like chiffon or silk, as they will give you the right hint of formality.”
Unless you’ve got the bride’s approval, stay away from white.
Pale colours can also cause problems, risking accusations of stepping into the bride’s spotlight.
“You should never wear a white dress – this includes cream, ecru, and even nude.
“Avoiding white-heavy prints is imperative too.
“Our rule is the print cannot be 50 per cent white or more.”
Black is a no-go, too – keep things lighter for a summer wedding.
“If you want ........a flattering dark shade, take
Victoria Beckham’s lead and opt for navy as an alternative.
“Generally speaking, it’s better to stick to cheerful colours for daytime weddings: Think light and bright,” say Kerr and Power.
“That said, you can wear black if the wedding starts early to mid-afternoon and goes into the evening.
Just make sure your fabric is appropriate and add colour via your accessories.”
Tread carefully with your choice of shoes for weddings.
Summer nuptials can involve navigating freshly-mown lawns or gravel driveways, meaning towering heels could be a no-no.
“Picking the appropriate footwear is of paramount importance, especially if the wedding is taking place outdoors on the grass or sand,” warn Kerr and Power.
“The best way is to go for a wedge.
“Stilettos, with their ground-puncturing skinny heels, are a perilous choice.”
If you’ve got the height, don’t be afraid to shun the heels – it will also ensure you’ll be the last one standing on the dance floor.
Kerr and Power say: “Nude pumps are always at the top of our list – they’re flattering and will make most party dresses feel more appropriate for daytime.
“An embellished flat sandal can work, too, especially if paired with an exotic-print maxi dress for a beach wedding.”
I Do - or I don’t
Whether you’re the mother of the bride or just a friend of the happy couple, ensure your church appearance is a style triumph by following Kerr and Power’s checklist:
Light or bright colours
Dressy daytime fabrics, like silk or chiffon
Exotic-print cocktail dresses or bright/bold party dresses
Skirt suits in light or bright colours
Cropped jackets or lace boleros
Dressy flat sandals
Oversized clutches, in pale colours or light neutrals
BUT STEER CLEAR OF:
Casual fabrics like cotton, linen, jersey, polyester
Any heels you’d wear to a nightclub
Tiny, glittery evening bags