It’s a tricky line to toe, the what to wear to a wedding dilemma. Of course you want to look amazing and perhaps even a little quirky, but you still want to look appropriate. Being remembered for the right reasons is essential and of course outshining the bride(s) is a complete faux pas. So what are the ground rules? Here is the Lux Boutique Outlet Guide to save you from a fearsome sartorial disaster. We’ve ticked off the do’s and don’ts of formal dressing so you can be the best dressed on every wedding guest list this summer.
Proper traditional church-do or converted barn nuptials, whatever, there are some easy ground rules but the biggest one to highlight -best to avoid a white number, or even worse a white lace number, for obvious reasons. An alternative is to make like the Moet – dress in a shade of the sparkly stuff as it’s a soft tone it works across skintones, although a little spray tan never goes amiss before a summer wedding so you can avoid that nasty American Tan tight issue. We love this Bernshaw dress and it is a surefire winner. Demure but not dull, it exudes class and elegance. A duster coat or jacket will layer easily over it and you can dress it up with a fascinator/hat and heels.
This Bebaroque dress in a nearly nude tone of champagne has the perfect amount of added detail in its elaborate beaded bodice that flows sleekly into a full skirt. Simple but effective.
There’s something a little Prima Ballerina about this soft champagne pink dress by Bernshaw with its crossover bodice, layered skirt and scattered sparkle. The matching stole means you can cover up in church if need be too and to honest it doesn’t need much else as it beautiful in its simplicity so just add heels.
Once upon a time black was only safe for a funeral and it would have been bad form completely to pop it on for a happy wedding ceremony. But times they have a-changed and now black, or indeed a monochrome combi, is the epitome of chic at a wedding. So wear it with confidence and perhaps some contrast colour accessories too.
Take this Baum Und Pferdgarten mini shift with sheen-on-matt polka, it is elegant with a little twist of sass due to its frilled low-back – definitely more wedding appropriate than funereal. Teamed with a chunky gold bangle and heels and it would take you all sorts of wedding ceremony.
A more formal invite would lead us to choose this beautiful Hoss Intropia soft pleat dress. It’s long sleeves make it suitable for a high-end church wedding but it is still quirky enough to turn heads.
Still scared of going full-on black? Well monochrome is another option and we are so in love with this beautiful black and white gingham maxi by Diane Von Furstenburg. The fluttering sleeves, the full skirt, the nipped in waist – adore, adore, adore.
Another take on monochrome is this gorgeous pastoral toile de jouy print dress by Essentiel Antwerp. A classic shift dress that nips in in all the right places. Add in the black in its accessorising with a little tailored black jacket and hat. A slash of red lipstick would give you that Parisian chic effect.
Wedding fashion has marched on and now it’s not always about a dress. Where once it may have been frowned upon it is now perfectly acceptable to stand out from the crowd in a beautiful jumpsuit instead. Just add beautiful accessories and heels and the right jumpsuit will be easily lifted into the wedding realm.
This navy silk Nicole Miller jumpsuit is a perfect go-to for wedding guest wear. Relaxed yet dressed up, easy-to-wear yet a style statement, it is joy to slip on. We see it with gold jewellery, heels and a clutch and perhaps a cream car-coat shrugged over your shoulders.
This red Diane Von Furstenburg jumpsuit is a surefire headturner. It will work for day with a jacket but will set the evening do dance-floor alight post-dinner and speeches. And it is no one-hit wonder as it will take you beyond wedding season.
A floral print is not the preserve of the vicar’s wife. It’s about choosing a modern cut to save you from looking older than you’d like. Baring a shoulder or a leg will keep your look contemporary.
What’s not to adore about this Fifties inspired floral print dress by Italian brand Pinko? It usurps the traditional floral print and turns it just that little bit neon graffiti while keeping the cut of the dress very Audrey Hepburn. Perhaps a shrug or a jacket will be needed for a church ceremony but again this is a choice that will take you through the day and into the evening, easily.
We love a dress with a pocket and this Essentiel Antwerp’s floral mini-dress does it so well. There is nothing good about feeling so trussed that you’re uncomfortable for seven hours. This relaxed take on a formal floral is perfect wedding wear.
Like floral polka dots can be a bit twee if done in the wrong way. The way to get it right is to choose a thoroughly modern cut.
Take this cute mini dress again by Essentiel Antwerp. The tailored bodice makes way into a full skirt that sits above the knee to showcase your summer tan. The baby blue and cream colourway make it the perfect summer dress. Either keep it classic with cream accessories or add some extra bite with the addition of a colour pop of coral.
This Ottod’Ame dress moves the classic polka dot on and creates a modern take on the print in muted tones creating a elegant effect.