So Easter is over, you’ve enjoyed the long weekend but now to more pressing matters: your summer wedding calendar.
If like us you find that your next umpteen weekends are already booked up between hen parties, bridal showers and ultimately, the weddings themselves, this can sometimes lead to a fashion meltdown.
You don’t want to spend a fortune but at the same time, nothing in your wardrobe is making this season’s grade. Pastels or paisley? Dress or separates? Heels or flats? It’s no easy task picking your summer wedding attire.
Thankfully, we’ve picked out some choice bits from the high street to suit all themes and nuptial styles. From chic shoes to clever cover-ups, our capsule celebration wardrobe is chock full of loveliness. And if you have more than one wedding? Don’t despair. Follow our style tips and our savvy smart separates will keep you looking fabulous until well into the fall.
1. The Dress
A firm fashion favourite across the ceremonial board, a dress in a classic cut will always look effortlessly glamorous. The summery colour of this Whistles dress (above) will compliment most skin tones, and its demure length will see it through to your office wardrobe once all the confetti has been thrown.
2. The Necklace
A statement necklace can really give an otherwise plain shift dress extra oomph. The two-tone effect of this M&S piece will look fabulous teamed with a tailored suit, and its graphic edge will glam up any plain jersey if you’re dressing for a cooler climate.
3. The Coat
Unless you have a slew of Caribbean weddings booked (if you do, lucky you) it’s always wise to invest in a good jacket to throw over your ensemble once the sun goes down. Pick something like this Zara jacket with it’s pretty pixellated print and you can add interest to any outfit, plus it’ll look great with jeans for the journey home.
4. The Shoe
A heel with feminine and interesting detail will give real longevity to your favourite pencil skirt. Team with a pretty blouse and delicate jewellery and these New Look sandals will instantly become a drinks reception talking point. Added bonus? They aren’t ankle-snappingly high, so you’ll be giving dad a run for his money on that dance floor once the disco starts.
5. The Suit
This cutesy cornflower blue lace suit from River Island is a one-stop big day belter, and because it’s separates, you can get real wear out of both pieces if you have more than one wedding on the cards. The box style jacket will look just as gorgeous paired with black skinny jeans and a white tee, whereas the skirt will be your new night out staple when worn with metallic sandals.
6. The Jumpsuit
Don’t be scared ladies, the jumpsuit is actually a great alternative to a dress, especially when it comes to matrimonial matters. This brightly coloured beauty from H&M encapsulates the current 70’s trend perfectly – pair with tan accessories for ultimate Studio54 chic. Oh, and it’s jersey, so no creases here!
7. The Bag
The last thing you want at a summer wedding is to be lugging around a big leather handbag so this gorgeous Warehouse clutch is just the ticket to making sure you are kitted out with all your essentials whilst keeping your ensemble looking seriously chic.