Let us, for a moment, imagine that we are invited to the Royal Wedding a.k.a. the nuptials of one Harry and Meghan (‘Harkle’ as I affectionately think of them). I’m prepared to bet that your first thought upon opening that envelope – or maybe your second – would be, “What in the name of HRH the Queen do I wear?”
In fact the Queen has it pretty easy. Pastel ensemble – done. (New third-time-mother the Duchess of Cambridge rather less so. Anyone else feel a bit sorry for her, nudged off the pedestal onto which public opinion put her? Or perhaps she’s happy to have the glare directed elsewhere?) The rest of us? What the jiggins would we wear?
In the name of sport (whilst simultaneously tackling the subject of ‘how to be the best-dressed wedding guests), I asked some our favourite bloggers/influencers to play along. Go on then, what would you wear to the Royal Wedding?
“If I really did get an invite to the Royal Wedding, I suspect I would be in a position where I was able to splash a bit of cash on a new frock, so I would opt for something like this romantic dress from Dodo Bar Or or this one from Preen: they’re both the right amount of ‘covered up’ for a royal wedding. I would pair them with my favourite Gianvito Rosso nude heels, which I own and they are really comfortable (for heels!). My feet need to ‘know’ my shoes before a wedding; I couldn’t possibly risk wearing a brand new pair. However, if I had to stick to a high street budge, I’d probably opt for something like this Topshop dress. (Although perhaps yellow is too loud for a Royal Wedding? Luckily, I won’t need to put that one to the test!”)
“Funnily enough, I have been thinking about what I would wear! As it’s such a special occasion, I’d flex the old credit card and buy a Vampire’s Wife dress and team it with these Miu Miu shoes – the dream! Then I’d spend the rest of my life paying it off, but I reckon it’d be worth it…”
“If I was invited (sadly, my invite must have got lost in the post) I’d go big! I’d wear a Marchese Notte embellished tulle gown in a peachy nude colour; a pair of shoes by Jacquemus, and a clutch by Bottega Veneta. A girl can dream, right?”
“I know exactly what I would wear: the floral Anya Dress from Olivia Rubin, it’s floral – and it’s the law to wear floral things to a spring wedding right? I’d pair this with my gold Gucci Marmont shoes, because they look like the kind of shoes the Queen wear, and if that’s good enough for HRH then it’s good enough for me.”
Alex (who confessed that she found even pretending to decide what to wear nerve-wracking) is going for one-shoulder Self-Portrait (with a jacket to cover her shoulders) – her only concern being that a lot of people might be wearing SP. I had far too much fun considering what I might wear, given that the chance of an invite arriving between now and Friday is precisely nil. I adore this tulle gown by Needle & Thread and the Lola dress by Olivia Rubin, but I could also throw caution (and, indeed, mortgage payments, but who needs a roof over their head when you’ve got an invite to The Wedding Of The Year, eh?) to the wind and go crazy in this Dolce & Gabbana dream.
Clockwise from top left: Marchesa Notte gown, £1190, Net-A-Porter; Dodo Bar Or embellished dress, £565, Net-A-Porter; Anya dress, £250, Olivia Rubin; The Vampire’s Wife Festival dress, £1345, MatchesFashion; Dolce & Gabana chiffon dress, £5000 [I know!!], MatchesFashion; Self Portrait dress, £340, MatchesFashion
I’d argue that Kate and Alex have opted for dresses you might actually buy (depending upon your budget) for a wedding-like occasion, but here’s some more ideas…