THE WEDDING GUIDE

CONQUER THE DRESS CODE

How to be the best-dressed guest at every occasion

  • 1. A COUNTRY AFFAIR

    A COUNTRY AFFAIR

    How many kinds of sweet dresses flow at an English country wedding? Ok, so we’ve taken poetic license with the old folk tune – but floral dresses and country gardens are of the same charming ilk.

    Like the flowers themselves, there are countless styles to choose from. From Rejina Pyo's pastel petals and Mother of Pearl's painterly prints, to sinuous slips decorated with ditsy blooms, feminine flourishes will bring out your romantic side at the next soirée.

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  • 2. BLACK TIE

    BLACK TIE

    Ah, the gown. There’s no better way to show off than with a show-stopping style. And if you prefer not to get all gussied up, then there’s an array of streamlined designs that are sure to please.

    Alexandre Vauthier’s ethereal white gown is an execution in minimalist magnificence; created in matte satin and cut to a dramatic silhouette, the loosely Grecian creation is a masterclass in ‘less is more’. Not one for forgoing frills? Then Temperley and Mary Katrantzou are never short of thrilling showpieces.”

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  • 3. RULE-BREAKING BRIDAL

    RULE-BREAKING BRIDAL

    It’s your party, and you’ll wear what you want to.

    Whether you’re switching a white-hot wedding dress for scorching shades à la Gwen Stefani, suiting up like Jagger (Bianca, that is) with Stella McCartney’s tailored two-piece, or donning feathered sandals and a glittering gown, it’s your big day, so do it your way.

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  • 4. DESTINATION DREAMER

    DESTINATION DREAMER

    Perhaps it’s the Instagram effect or just Britain’s unpredictable weather that’s causing couples to flee the country to say ‘I do’, but destination weddings are now a permanent fixture.

    Fortunately, trends this season are suitable for sunnier climes, as raffia and rope accessories are seen alongside billowing dresses and oversized 70s shades. Whether tying the knot in Thailand or getting hitched in Hawaii, a destination wedding is the perfect chance to show off the season’s breeziest trends.

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  • 5. SUITS YOU

    SUITS YOU

    Double the drama with a two-piece at your next event.

    Vince offers louche tailoring befitting an evening-only invite, while Mother of Pearl and Asceno’s silky suits speak to the ongoing boudoir trend; but remember, sleepwear styles needn’t be slovenly, so counter the pyjama silhouette with towering heels and statement accessories.

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  • 6. COCKTAIL HOUR

    COCKTAIL HOUR

    Secretly harbouring dreams of upstaging the bride? Let us introduce you to De La Vali’s flirty, figure-skimming halter dress. Or how about Diane von Furstenberg’s sizzling hot-pink and blood-orange silk dress with tumbling ruffles?

    If that’s not your style, then keep the bride sweet by wearing pretty pastels or Jonathan Simkhai’s Riviera-esque dress in navy and white stripes.

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