As every discerning guest knows, weddings are a tricky business, especially when it comes to buying something more formal for the occasion in question. Wedding guest suits (though sometimes required) are a hard sell for many of us, as it can be really tough to strike a balance between smart and stylish, especially when the weather is fine.
We’ve become all too reliant these days (especially during the summer) on floaty maxis, or a smart shift dress to nail all of our nuptial needs, however, sometimes the forthcoming event requires more of a tailored finish – and this can throw us into a bit of a sartorial flap.
Firstly, there’s the expense. No one wants to drop a wad of cash on a two-piece get up that we’ll probably (in reality) never wear again, and secondly, as any dapper chap will tell you – suits can be rather warm, and no lady wants to be overheating before the bouquet is even thrown.
So, if the word *suit* gives you the heebie-jeebies, don’t despair. The great British high street is on hand once again to fix all of our fashion calamities, in this case, providing a multitude of cool, tailored separates that will rock any formal ceremony and beyond.
and on-trend styling. Palm and botanical prints are massive this summer so you’ll be able to take these shorts from day to night with the addition of silver wedges and a white racer back vest. The Obi tied jacket will also serve as a great summer cover-up once the nights start to get cooler.
You can always guarantee that M&S will have some fantastic suit separates, and we’re loving this lemon yellow zipped front tweed jacket, especially when teamed with these smart (and cool) pair of linen culottes. Perfect for a desination wedding, this outfit not only looks classically chic but both pieces can be worn seperately to create an altogether different look. Why not pair the jacket with a roughed up leather skirt and sliders for a completely paired back off-duty vibe?
Chevrons and monochrome prints will see you through summer and beyond, and this Topshop co-ord set is a perfect example of an investment buy with ultimate sartorial longevity. The skirt will look great come fall paired with thick tights and biker boots, whereas the structured jacket can be used to funk up a fail safe office pencil dress. Wear with a pair of pointed metallic slingbacks to truly rock the reception.
Draping and soft silhouettes are perfect for a formal gathering because not only will the loose shapes help to keep you feeling cool, but the deconstructed tailoring will bring some serious fashion game. This waistcoat will look gorgeous work over a longline white tee and rolled up denims, whereas the cropped pants will serve as an instant workwear update. Wear together with tan wedges and a mannish envelope clutch for a smart take on your traditional wedding suit.