Are you brushing shoulders with Royals this weekend?

So are you all set for the Royal Wedding?  Or are you one of the 2,640 lucky members of the public that have received invitations to attend the big day?  The upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will certainly be the event of the year.  Of course before the wedding there is the engagement.  Let’s face it we would all be delighted to choose from a selection of luxury engagement rings from the likes of Angelica Diamonds.  However if aren’t going to the Royal Wedding but another one this summer, below are some ideas to inspire you.

 

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TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE CATWALK

This year the spring and summer collections are full of bold patterns and colour.  However, you don’t want to clash with the bride at a wedding so while you can go for colour, it’s best to take inspiration from designers without clashing.

 

Vintage-look florals are going to be so on trend this season, as spotted on Edrem and Dolce & Gabanna models. You can use this for inspiration on choosing a dress with a small floral print.  Flowers are ideal for spring and are suitable for a print for a wedding.

 

If you’re feeling bolder, Valentino’s collection is all about contrast — subtle pastel pinks contrasted with yellow flowers. Some designers were combining red and pink (an unlikely combination) in their garments, creating a colour palette that we really aren’t used to. Nina Ricci is embracing fringe and tassels, which are perfect for a dressy outfit. Choose a spring dress with tasselled sleeves for something a bit different. Indeed, these subtle colours are also coming through home accessories too!

 

For the evening reception opt for glitz and glam.  Adding sparkle is a must – you don’t have to wait until Christmas or New Year!

 

STYLES, COLOURS & PRINTS

 

Sleeveless dresses are very ‘in’ this season. Combined with ruffled shoulders, the spring dress is classy whilst remaining very modern. Showing your curves is hot this season too, with nipped waists and belted over shirts.

 

For a wedding choose something understated to show off your silhouette or choose a soft-tailored coat to keep your arms warm during the day and de-layer when you head to the dancefloor.

 

Feathers are predicted to be a popular adornment this season. If you’re not a huge feather fan, why not choose a feathered clutch or peacock style crossbody bag to add some texture to your outfit?

 

When it comes to choosing which floral print you want to wear, don’t be afraid to take inspiration right back from my favourite era the 1930s. Style a few prints and see which you feel comfortable in — pair with a delicate sandal to complete the look.

 

You can always opt for the classic springtime colour of yellow, too. Luxury boutiques have seen sales of yellow dresses spike in recent months and it doesn’t show any sign of slowing down! You don’t have to be overly bright in this colour either — choose a more pastel hue and still look on-trend.

 

So, as we can see, this season is all about floral patterns, cinched waists and pastel hues. Choose a shape that you feel confident in and own it for a wedding this spring.

 

I hope these tips help you decide on what to wear to a wedding whether that is in Spring or any other time of the year.  I’d love to know what you think of these tips.

 

 

 

 

 

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TIPS ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT OUTFIT FOR A SPRING WEDDING

Spring is certainly in the air this week at least!  With Spring comes the start of the wedding season.  Of course when you are invited to a wedding the first thought is wonderful, followed by a dread of figuring out what to wear.  Especially during Spring.  So here are my suggestions on what you could wear to a beautiful Spring wedding no matter what the weather.

 

Choose a Prom Style Dress

While most weddings are semi-formal it is always nice to choose something that is a little more flowing and below the knee.  Prom dresses are the answer.  They come in stunningly beautiful fabrics such as silk, chiffon, satin or even taffeta.  Prom style dresses also make you feel beautiful too!  You can choose your prom dress easily with Prom Dress Finder!

 

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Photo courtesy of Phase Eight

 

 

Opt for a Jumpsuit

If you’re not a dress kind of girl then why not opt for a stunning jump suit instead?  Don’t be wriggling about in a dress if it’s not for you.  This stunningly beautiful jumpsuit from Phase Eight is ideal for a Spring wedding and will certainly transcend the wedding so you an use it time and time again.  It’s also extremely flattering and very easy to wear too!

 

Phase Eight Jump Suit

Photo courtesy of Phase Eight

 

 

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Invest in a piece of clothing you will reuse

There really is no point in spending hundreds of pounds on a piece of clothing you will only wear once.  Think about what you currently wear and how.  Invest in a piece of clothing that will last you time and time again.  Also consider separate pieces too so you can mix and match at a later date.

 

 

Phase Eight Jacket

Photo courtesy of Phase Eight

 

 

Colours & Fabric

Try your best to stick to plain colours and fabrics that are lightweight rather than bulky as this will avoid wrinkles!  Also remember to avoid white – after all it’s what the bride will be wearing.  Plain colours are also best just in case you spot someone with the same outfit.  Doesn’t look as bad if your outfit is a plain colour!

 

 

Phase Eight dress

Photo courtesy of Phase Eight

 

Don’t Forget the Accessories

A great excuse to say something with a statement necklace especially if your outfit is a block colour.  Statement pieces are fantastic to add a splash of colour.  They can also be fun and add texture to your outfit.  This Bella Flower Necklace is stunning for that very occasion.

 

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Photo courtesy of Phase Eight

 

Get Your Shoes Right

Of course heels will look lovely.  However, what happens if you have to hang around for a while before the reception?  I recommend you pack a pair of dress comfortable flats which you can tuck in your bag to switch easily.  They will also be great if you plan on dancing the night away too!

 

phase eight flat shoes

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I hope these tips help you decide on what to wear to a wedding whether that is in Spring or any other time of the year.  I’d love to know what you think of these tips.

 

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Mixing the old with the new,  Reusing a Vintage Necklace

Mixing the old with the new can give you a fantastic look.  Here I have used a vintage faux pearl necklace and teamed it up with a vintage brooch  This makes a stunning necklace which is  handmade, re-used and re-purposed vintage piece. It is such a great look. The necklace is 26 inches in length.

 

Vintage necklace

Vintage necklace

Vintage necklace

So why buy vintage?
For me vintage means quality, it means it was made with care and attention that mass produced cannot match.

For me it means history. Whatever the item it has been pre loved, it has been pre cherished. It is a key to the past with every item having it’s own history and every vintage item particularly the older pieces have a beautiful romanticism about them, quite often we won’t know the history of each item, but it is easy to be swept away to past times .

For me it means individualism. Most items are one offs or limited finds. There are so many different styles and beautiful flourishes to vintage items that our modern mass produced items just cannot come close.

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How Rituals Can Ground You

I don’t know about you but my life really does seem to have increased in speed. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.  Which is why I often remind myself of what Gandhi said “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

What can often allow me to slow down and re-connect is the rituals I have built up when making tea.  The ritual of starting with watching the water boil – yes I know strange but watching water boil is just fantastic.  Through to pouring the tea in the cup and sitting down and taking some time to concentrate on the taste and the aroma through to imagining if vintage items could talk what would they say!

So that is just one of my many rituals, feel free to use it or share your own.

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