A wedding invite is a sure fire excuse to splash out on a new outfit, but when it comes down to it finding that perfect look always seems to end up more tricky than expected. There’s just so much to consider: do you go for a dress, and if so, which of the seemingly thousands of different styles do you choose? Or perhaps you want to mix things up a bit and stand out from the crowd, but how do you do that without upstaging the bride?! Of course there’s no chance of wearing anything white, and black is frowned upon (particularly for a summer wedding), so if you’re a monochrome enthusiast you may even just fall at the first hurdle. And don’t get us started on trying to co-ordinate with your plus one. Well, we’re going to try and help you through this mammoth task, which can be just as difficult as if you were choosing a dress for your own wedding (ok, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement).
Getting away with greyscale
If your wardrobe is a monochrome mecca and you just can’t seem to break the trend, then not to worry, there is a way to stay greyscale for a summer wedding. Wearing black or white may be a wedding taboo individually, but when worn together they can make for an understated and classy look for those of you who want to stick to your everyday wardrobe roots without feeling like you’re part of the bridal party or off to a funeral.
Dressless yet delightful
For some of us, the idea of being forced into formalwear sounds like a nightmare, and a dress may just be pushing it too far. But don’t be afraid to be individual and opt for a jumpsuit or co-ord, which can look just as good, if not better, than a dress. Look at it this way, not wearing a dress means you won’t have to worry about flashing anyone inadvertently, and will give even the simplest look a bit of an edge. Pair the outfit with a pair of statement heels, or go super trendy and wear flats for a bit of an androgynous vibe.
Make a statement
It’s summer, so if there’s any time you can go a bit OTT it’s now. Take advantage of the season if you’re brave enough and choose a louder look – as long as you don’t upstage the bride. Bright colours and patterns and alternative materials will help you stand out from the crowd and will certainly get you in the mood for a summery shindig. Make sure you keep it simple with the accessories though, or you may run the risk of overkill.
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking (well, summer)
It’s hard to get away from florals right now, so why try? They’re around for a reason, and florals can often make an entire outfit. Simple accessories and hair will create an effortless and girly wedding look, which would look particularly pretty in a countryside setting, and mean that if you’re not so confident you can still be a bit out there without standing out too much.
Subtle and sleek
Minimal is in, and in no way is keeping it simple synonymous with looking boring. Subtlety is often more difficult to pull off than you may think, and is all about accessorising to ensure you look effortlessly stylish, rather than just plain. The beauty of simplistic clothes is that you can get away with some really unique accessories without them looking over the top.
If you’re going to a summer wedding this year, what you’ll be wearing in the comments!