It’s that time of year again folks! The season when those expensive, heavily embossed cream envelopes land on your door mat. Oh yes, the dreaded summer wedding season is upon us. I should clarify! It’s not that I would ever begrudge all the beautiful young brides their moment in the spotlight … but dear God, I remember how the prospect of trying to find something suitable to wear that would allow me to enjoy the day without feeling self-conscious, was always such a drag.
Before I was fully aware of all the treatment options available to me and struggled to keep my skin under control, I had a fail-safe outfit that was recycled for every wedding. It was a cream trouser suit – not so white that it might offend the bride, but pale enough that it would conceal any scalp flaking. This suit got dragged out regularly over a period of five years, and I played around with accessories to ring the changes. First option was to wear the suit in its entirety but there were also times when I wore the jacket with some dark silk palazzo pants and cream silk shirt. Other times I wore the trousers with a blush suede frock coat and pale pink top. A blingtastic clutch bag and some suitably high heels and I was good to go. I’ll be honest, there were times when I longed to wear the frothy, light tea dresses that were so en vogue at the time, but at least I never looked too out of place and I also avoided the trauma of spending fortunes on clothes that would never be worn again!
Nowadays (gosh, I’m making myself sound ancient … it wasn’t that long ago, I promise!) the options are much better when it comes to looking for the perfect wedding guest outfit. And as I have been cursed with a streak of practicality that runs through most things I do, I have also chosen some pieces that are not only wallet-friendly, but that I’m quite confident you will wear many times again.
First up I took a look at that high street institution, Marks & Spencer. Good ‘ole M&S have really reinvented themselves in the style stakes in recent years, and should definitely be on everyone’s radar when it comes to on-trend pieces that won’t break the bank! Whilst they may historically be known for their lingerie, let me point you in the direction of their dresses. Always a fab selection, with styles, colours and patterns to suit everyone. For the purpose of this post, I’ve chosen the Lilly Print Long Sleeve Maxi Dress. With both sleeves and a longer length offering good coverage, the straps on the shoulders give it a dressier edge and also means that black accessories will work perfectly.
And whilst we’re in M&S, why not take a look at their shoes? I spotted these Leather Block Heel Mules which could work really well with the above dress. Mules are everywhere this year and the block heel is on-trend and will offer a lot more comfort than a thin stiletto. I particularly like these shoes as they’re not too high, I love the metallic heel colour which makes it that bit dressier, and they’re also part of the Insolia range which allegedly means the insoles are embedded with cushions of cloud and fairies breath for guaranteed comfort!
For a dress that offers a real wow factor in terms of colour, I found this Lotus Pleated Peonies Printed Dress from Finery London. The white in the pattern will ensure that should you have any unwanted scalp flakes, they shouldn’t be too obvious on the dress. This also incorporates all the trends of the season with the pleated frills and fluted sleeves. A really gorgeous option and one that you could easily wear with flat mules or trainers for a more day-to-day look once the wedding is over.
As the model is demonstrating, ankle boots work really well with this look, but to give the dress a more summery edge, I chose these Orelia Nude Laser Cut Peep Toe Shoe Boots from Dune. I love the wedge heel on these, especially useful if you find yourself standing for a long time at the drinks reception, whilst the laser cut ensures full coverage without looking too wintry.
As a real trouser aficionado, I couldn’t resist including a jumpsuit. This is a style that’s been around now for a few years and doesn’t show any signs of leaving the catwalk just yet. This Lorena Print jumpsuit from Baukjen, offers full coverage with a pattern that would actually work not just in summer, but well into winter as well. Just change up your accessories to give it a seasonal look.
As we’re talking all things summer, I loved the idea of these red New Look Suedette Cross Strap sandals to inject a bit of colour to the look. The straps are wide enough to offer lots of coverage for your feet and if you add a pink clutch, you’ll have this season’s colours nailed!
I hope that these suggestions have given you some ideas on how to dress for special occasions this summer, whether it’s a wedding, a christening or the races. Above all, remember to enjoy yourself!
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UK/IE MAT-08638. Date of preparation: April 2017