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Weddings: What to Wear

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Country Wedding

This is your archetypal, Four Weddings and a Funeral, English countryside wedding. (Or perhaps something approximating Kate Moss’s wedding as photographed by Mario Testino for American Vogue?) Village church, marquee in the garden/barn/stately home, flowers in jam jars (or possibly something rather more grand), perhaps even some bunting.

Who better to ask for style advice than stylist Lynda Bell, who had her own perfect English wedding in a gorgeous stately home, with blowsy pink peonies, a dress by Oscar de la Renta, and children running around on the lawn.

This summer, there’s a plethora of pretty candy colours on the high street – which are ideal for summer weddings.

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Candy Floss jacquard dress; Perrie jacquard dress, both £79, Monsoon

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High heeled shoe with ankle strap, £29.99, Zara

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Designed by Peacock clutch, £60, Miss Selfridge; Embelllished green bracelet by Parkside, £75, Fenwick

 

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Laura coat, £220, Coast; Jacquard coat, £135, Cos

Wedding abroad

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It’s probably going to err on the side of casual. It will hopefully be hot. It may involve a beach. So, says Karen Preston, GLAMOUR’s wonderful Fashion Editor, the formula is simple: “Think Kate Moss in Ibiza. Opt for a maxi dress and flat sandals.”

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Kadria silk maxi dress £499, by Malene Birger; Mandarin chiffon maxi dress, £240, Michael by Michael Kors

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Flo leather flat sandals, £18, Pieces Cecilia Silver Leather Flat Sandals, £34. Both at ASOS

City Wedding 

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[Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth, as photographed for American Vogue]

I asked Antonia Kraskowski, the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor at The Express about this one, as she is both a fashion fiend and serial attendee at weddings this year.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that as you approach 30, suddenly all of your friends start getting married and popping out babies. While the latter is still a rarity amongst my friends, I have three weddings in the space of three months this year, each wildly different from the next. Our first was an old friend’s in Cornwall, the second was a fashion wedding in Jersey last month and our final one for the year (I hope) is just a fortnight away, this time in London and at first had me seriously fretting about what to wear.After much hawing and humming, I have decided that it’s best to keep it slick and simple. Classic clean lines translate well to a city wedding. A sixties shift in a bright hue (leave white to the bride, no matter how tempting – chances are she’s won’t be getting the tube), teamed with a sharp blazer or cropped jacket and something seriously sparkly give a fresh twist to typical wedding guest wear.I am currently obsessed with everything in Zara and will be rolling through it in an effort to clad myself for the forthcoming nuptials. This hot pink dress (£25.99) can be covered up for the church/registry office with a smart jacket before being unleashed in all of its glory for the reception. Or, for those who love a print, this paisley dress (£45.99)is great when teamed with a simple jacket to tame its wild spirit.”
 “As the colour of the year (as voted by Pantone), emerald green is a universally flattering colour on everyone from the palest red heads to those with darker skin tones – try this dress (£25.99). Or for those who are a little braver in the fashion stakes (or just attention seekers), step out of the sartorial safety of a dress and into a jumpsuit, such as this red one (£39.99). No need to worry about knicker-flashing on the dancefloor after a few proseccos too many.”

“Jackets and blazers can make or break an outfit. There is nothing worse than a stylish ensemble ruined by a last minute bobbly cardigan or jarring winter coat grabbed as you run out of the door. It pays to be prepared for any weather and let’s face it, the UK is hardly known for its spectacular summers. A white blazer (£79.99) worn over a block colour or patterned dress will add an instant sharpness. Alternatively, if you want to add some pattern to your outfit, a short printed style like this one (£69.99) will look great over a bright dress.”

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“Now, the fun bit: accessories!

Let’s start with shoes. If I could wear heels, I would spend every waking hour tripping around in these beautiful two strap sandals (£29.99). Or perhaps some rather sharp and equally gorgeous pointed toe stilettos (£69.99) with cut out details. Be still, my racing heart.”

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“However, if I wore either of these, chances are that I would end up in A&E which is generally frowned upon by the bridal party. As such, I will be sticking to flats. At one of the weddings we recently attended, I wore an amazing pair of Boden neon orange patent pointed toe slingbacks and after the reaction, I am giving serious thought to investing in more. This pair of powder blue flats (£59.99) are similar and being added to my shopping list post-haste.”

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“Next, to the arm candy. Luckily, I’ve never had any restrictions on what kind of bag I can carry. I am currently lusting after this roll top leather clutch (£69.99, right). If you really want to pack a punch with your accessories, may I introduce you to the perfect Perspex box clutch, only £19.99.”

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“My current lust for anything and everything metallic continues into clutches too. This silver zip top pouch (£19.99) will add a fashion twist to every outfit.”

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