The perfect dress
Find the right long-sleeved dress and it will cover all bases: warm(ish), easy and glamorous, in a perfectly understated way, of course. Fit is key – you may need to try a few to find the one, because you deserve a design that flatters your body brilliantly. A white bag and heels will make more of an impact than black; finish with elegant, modernist earrings to add the requisite polish.
Day to night
This is how to transition from afternoon ceremony to dance-all-night reception. Belt yourself into a chic camel coat for the first part of the day, displaying a subtle flash of glamour with metallic heels. Then slip off your coat and reveal a silky dress in a deep wine shade that says demure by day and dance-floor queen by night.
Dark months call for rich, tactile textures in warm shades; velvet is our preferred choice, especially in louche, languid silhouettes and unexpected shades. Add a simple pair of pumps – the suit will make enough of a statement on its own – and layer over a silk camisole to give the androgynous shape a feminine slant.
Icy shades work perfectly against a winter backdrop. If you go for a mini hemline, look for a high neck and long sleeves to ensure the result is wedding appropriate. Pleats and knots will add an element of interest as well as being ultra-flattering. Add a snow-colored coat that you can cozy up in and ’90s-inspired barely there sandals.
Sparkle and shine
Sequins are synonymous with parties and there’s no reason why weddings should be the exception. Dial them down a notch (you don’t want to outshine the bride) by opting for separates: glittering pants can be paired with a simple sweater and neutral accessories.
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