Guest Of Honour: How To Ace Wedding Dressing

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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If you’re going to a wedding this summer, it’s comforting to know that certain things are guaranteed: The mother of the bride will cry, cocktails will be drunk from Kilner jars, and the Grease medley will somehowmake it onto the playlist. 

Another certainty is that the days and weeks before the main event will be filled with mild wardrobe anxiety. Sure, it is technically the bride’s big day, but she’ll be insulted if you play it too casual. On the other hand, walking into the church kitted out like you’re en route to the Academy Awards might make it seem like you wished it were your big day. But, don’t worry. Whether you’re headed to a slick evening ‘do, a hipster gathering, or a traditional country shindig, we’ve got you covered. Sartorially, anyway. Sorting out a plus-one and making sure not to overdo it on the Champagne are totally up to you.


Country Knees-Up — This is the perfect excuse to play with summer’s pastels. The ’50s-style midi skirt is suitably ladylike and the blinged-out shades and Sophie Hulme clutch give the whole thing a sense of occasion. Pretty perfect. 

Clockwise from bottom left: Zara Sandals, £39.99, available at ZaraWhistles Jacquard Top, £110, available at WhistlesKG Kurt Geiger Sunglasses, £80, available at Kurt GeigerTopshop Organza Insert Skirt, £48, available at TopshopNew Look Stud Earrings, £3.99, available at New LookSophie Hulme Floral Clutch, £330, available at Harrods.


Evening Cocktails — To master a slick evening do, we recommend balancing refined pieces with killer accessories. Oh, and have we mentioned how much we love Sophia Webster? Let’s just say it’s a lot.

Clockwise from left: Red Valentino Purple Dress, £355, available from my-wardrobe.comH&M Jacket, £29.99, available at H&MPrism Sydney Sunglasses, £265, available at Prism LondonMonki Miracle Purse, £6, available at MonkiSophia Webster Riri Sandals, £595, available at Sophia Webster.


Urban Hipster — If the wedding photos are destined to exist for all eternity on any number of indie wedding blogs, chic nonchalance is the only way to play it. Think Kate Moss at Katy England and Bobby Gillespie’s matrimonial celebrations circa summer 2011 and you’ve got the picture.

Clockwise from bottom left: Moxham Xeno Bracelet, £68, available at BengtChanel Lilis Nail Polish, £18, available at House of FraserBernstock Speirs Pocket Bowler Hat, £105, available at LibertyThakoon Addition Pyjama Blouse, £245, available at avenue32.comThakoon Addition Pyjama Trousers, £295, available at avenue32.comHouse of Holland Sunglasses, £180, available at House of Holland; Unique Sandal, £115, available at Topshop.

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