Summer weddings are the perfect time to dress up, feel fabulous and treat yourself to a new outfit. With so many options available on the high street and online, it can be a challenge to choose something you love that stands out from the crowd. We look at some great ways you can choose a stylish summer wedding outfit that makes you look and feel amazing, with these simple summer wedding style tips:
Choose a Style that Suits You
Everyone hopes that a summer wedding comes with sunshine, and it’s important that you choose an outfit that is comfortable and flattering even in the heat. But it can be hard to find a comfortable summer wedding outfit, especially if you aren’t a size 8 with a flat stomach. Look at stores using a variety of models with different beautiful bodies for inspiration. Debenhams, for example, champion diversity by using a range of models; including Help for Heroes rehabilitated troops, size 18 models, older women, and even a stunning Paralympic athlete. Look for an outfit that is easy to move around in, with soft fabric and clever tailoring. Make sure your outfit isn’t too tight anywhere as you will be wearing it for a long time, and get a jacket or wrap in case the temperature drops later on.
Embrace the Sparkle
There is nothing better than a little bit of embellishment to catch the light and make you feel glamorous. Whether it’s an embellished neckline, a sequin dress or a beaded jacket – some sparkling details can make you feel fabulous. If you want a more subtle look then find some really sparkly accessories, like a glitter clutch bag or shoes with a diamante strap.
Obey the Wedding Guest Outfit Rules
Sometimes choosing a wedding guest outfit can be a bit of a minefield, with different rules and standards. However, it’s important to make sure both you and the wedding party feel comfortable, and that’s not going to happen if you wear the same dress as the bridesmaids! Some basic wedding etiquette rules include never wearing white (or cream), avoiding super revealing outfits and not wearing the same colour as the bridal party (if at all possible). Many people avoid wearing black to a wedding, too. Don’t dress too casually, though – it’s not exactly respectful to wear trainers or a football kit to a wedding, no matter how casually the wedding has been described!
In a culture of throwaway fashion, one of the boldest ways you can stand out is through shopping in an ethical and responsible way. Choose brands and retailers which have strong ethical and environmental policies. Other ways to shop responsibly include reselling or donating your outfit if you won’t wear it again, choosing sustainable and ethically sourced materials and avoiding plastic bags and excess packaging when you shop.
Choose a Bold Print
Another great way to stand out at a summer wedding is by choosing a fabulous bold print. There are so many beautiful prints available this season, like stunning painted watercolour fabrics which look fresh from the walls of a gallery. Bold floral prints are always a great choice for summer weddings, especially floral maxi dresses with bright flowers and green leaf details. To really make an impression, you can even pick out the main colours of your outfit through your accessories.
Hats used to be a wedding essential and, after a long time out of fashion, it seems like they might be making a comeback. Perhaps the recent spell of royal weddings has something to do with this, as we saw bold and beautiful hats worn by a wide variety of guests. Royal weddings provide plenty of wedding hat inspiration, and if you’re trying to stand out from the crowd some exquisite millinery is a perfect choice. You’ll be sure to find the perfect headwear for your outfit somewhere, as there are so many styles to choose from – all in a range of different shapes, sizes, and colours. If a full hat is too much, then a stylish fascinator works just as well – look for a complementary colour and unique details to stand out and look fabulous.