What To Wear To A Wedding
Wedding guest dress codes are one of life’s greatest mysteries. Learning the subtle nuances that define each occasion – from bucolic settings signposted by the white peaks of a marquee, to see-and-be-seen city receptions – will stand you in good stead as the invitations stack up.
Fresh air and space to breathe brings with it some room to experiment. A countryside wedding is the perfect excuse to try something new. For him, sophisticationenpleinair means lightweight linens and a palette to match. (Tones of ecru and cornflower blue make for a compelling combination, with darker notes to pull the look together.) For her, consider the three Fs: frills, florals and floaty silhouettes. Avoid anything too spindly in the heel department and look to lawn-proof blocks and wedges for an elegant footing.
To see and be seen is the mantra of a city wedding, so dress accordingly! After all, you may yet grace the society pages of next month’s glossy... Gents, employ sharp, streamlined tailoring – BOSS, TOM FORD and PalZileriare the authorities of a slim-fit cut – alongside classic brogues or polished monk-straps to command any room. Meanwhile, only the finest will do for metropolitan mavens; think laces and tulles, silks and chiffons. For a finishing flourish, complement a sleek up-do with statement jewelled earrings.
Love is in the air; the sun is at its highest. With nothing to rain on your parade, a destination wedding is the time to fly a flag for all things bright and beautiful. Faced with tropical climes, chaps should look to natural fibres and breathable fabrics as their saving grace. (Ditch the tie and extra layering to save on luggage space – and keep your cool in the process!) For her? Hot-house motifs and vibrant hues aplenty care of SilviaTcherassi,Rixoand De La Vali are the definition of heat-wave hauteur.
When invitations are gilded, one’s outfit must follow suit. Embody red-carpet drama at all times and invoke Hollywood in its golden age. More is very definitely more... For her: A-list glamour is easily achieved if you know your style sums. Take one jewel-toned gown or dress, cut no shorter than the calf, then add heels and a maximum of three considered yet statement accessories. For Him? Combine a classic silk-trimmed tuxedo with glossy lace-ups and, of course, a satin bowtie. ('Black tie' by name, black tie by nature.) If in doubt, do as 007 would do.