Florals are a safe bet for a wedding, no matter what the setting, so look for classic shapes with subtle twists that elevate them beyond tried-and-tested staples. Choose a modest dress – look for ruffles or fluted sleeves for next-level ladylike style, adding a modern pair of kitten heels and a woven wicker clutch. Finish with another contemporary take on a classic: a bow-topped hair tie.
Boy meets girl
This is the ultimate masculine-meets-feminine look. Reach for an effortlessly simple slip dress – steel gray is a great just-romantic-enough compromise between black and color – and add a neatly tailored blazer for both warmth and sartorial structure. Add easy flats and a gold medallion to finish.
Turn up the volume
Play with proportion and oversized shapes with a puff-sleeved blouse and a full skirt covered in blooms. Balance out your silhouette by making sure that your wrists and ankles are on show and give yourself a lift with a pair of heels (block, to ensure you don’t sink into the grass).
If you want to switch up your dress for a suit without compromising on a statement-making entrance, look for one in colorful checks or tartan. Keep the rest of your look fuss-free by adding a black silk camisole and a pair of brogues.
Short and sweet
Midi lengths may get the most summer loving, but a shorter length can be just as elegant, especially when it’s as irresistibly beautiful as this one. Soften its precise shape with a dreamy sheer trench and add neutral accessories in blush and dove gray to riff on the quietly pretty theme.
Pastel shades and weddings go hand in hand, but if you want to wear them and look good, you’ll need to update your approach. Reach for a classic slip dress in the season’s most talked-about color, blue, and clash it with a bag in an unexpected brighter shade to give it a modern spin.
Don’t feel like you have to embrace the ultra-feminine; a suit is an easy, effortlessly chic win, especially when it comes to a city wedding. Look for playful colors to avoid anything too corporate, and nod to SS18’s trends by opting for shorts rather than a skirt or pants.
The classic, reinvented
Opt for a tried-and-tested skirt-and-top pairing brought up to date with serious fashion flair. Look for a colorful, swishy midi-skirt, ideally with a smattering of print and a handkerchief hem, and pair with a timeless blouse made interesting with statement sleeves. Instant sophisticated elegance guaranteed.
You probably wouldn’t wear head-to-toe black, but we see no reason to avoid it altogether. Dark, brooding florals will set you apart from the swathes of paintbox blooms sure to be on show. Top with a gothic headband – infinitely more chic than a fascinator.
Long and lean
Yes, we’re basically advocating wearing pajamas, because there are few things more elegant than louche silk pants and a wraparound jacket. Added bonus: the long pants mean that you can wear your flats guilt-free – all the better for dancing the night away.
We’re strong advocates of co-ord dressing; not only does it look great, it seriously reduces the amount of thought you need to put into getting dressed. A breezy blouse and pants in pretty florals will do the trick nicely for a beach wedding, and if it’s really relaxed you can layer it over a simple contrasting bikini.
A coastal wedding calls for a look that treads the line between laid-back and sophisticated, so look to colorful ladylike separates. Puffed sleeves and ruffles will give you the swishy, carefree air that befits the setting, while wedged espadrilles will give you a bit of a lift and stop you from sinking into any sand.
There’s no occasion that isn’t best sartorially tackled by a dress, and a shape like this is as easy as they come; you’ll essentially feel as though you’re wearing a long, comfortable T-shirt while looking impeccably elegant. Add a pair of oversized hoops and a raffia clutch, then finish with a pair of sculptural heels that you can kick off while you dance the night away later.
If you prefer a more structured look, opt for something high-impact in colorful lace. You’ll want to keep your accessories low-key to avoid looking too overdone, so stick to flats rather than heels and slip a timeless basket bag over your wrist.
If you prefer your looks muted rather than in technicolor, go for a smattering of color in the form of print and stick to crisp white accessories. This dress hits the sweet spot between beach cover-up and polished chic and will look just elevated enough to work with kitten heels and sculptural earrings.
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