With just a couple of weeks to go until the big royal wedding day fashionista and image consultant extraordinaire Wenda James-Rowe takes a look at some of the hot looks this season.
Wenda James-Rowe founded Cardiff-based image consultancy the Style Team in 2004 after qualifying as an Image Consultant with Colour Me Beautiful in 2002. For more fashion and style tips visit her website: www.thestyleteam.com
By Wenda James-Rowe
So you may not have received the invitation to the wedding of the year, but, you might have another wedding invitation or a glamorous event coming up. Special occasions require a special outfit so, just like the Royal guests, you too need to start planning what to wear!
My advice is to check out the dress code, which in itself can be a challenge…
Where to Start
Let’s assume that event is formal and as luck would have it, ‘long’ is in this season. So if in doubt you may want to opt for a longer length (just make sure the hem stops at the narrower bit of your leg – often just above the ankle).
No doubt many of you will have experienced shopping for a special outfit to find that the colour and/or size is sold out. My advice here is to go shopping as early on in the season as you can.
By May, the best pieces will have gone and by June you start getting into the sales – there is nothing wrong with the sales, we love them – but unless you have done your research early on and know what is available and where to find it, you could quickly find yourself disenchanted with the whole process.
Shopping under pressure is never fun, so do some planning beforehand on the internet and this should make things much easier.
Special events also mean that there will be lots of photographs and you want these to show you at your best by the time they make the family album. Make sure that you stand out for all the right reasons and not because your outfit is out of place or just doesn’t do you any justice.
Styles to choose from this season
You can never go wrong with what I call ‘chic sophistication’, which translates into simple shapes and neutral colours. You can either dress these up (i.e. fabulous killer heels, jewels, the lot) or down (a waterfall cardigan might do the trick and some more comfortable wedge sandals). Though if simplicity is what you are opting for, make sure that the fabric makes it special. Silks and taffetas are great for occasion wear.
Lace will come in many shades this season. The beauty of lace is that it allows you to show some skin without being too obvious! You will find lace that suits both an elegant occasion and lace for more casual occasions too.
Hats or fascinators? Fascinators are often easier and cheaper to manage – and no need to take them off when you hit the dance floor!
As for hats, there are all sorts of rules to wearing them: black rims can throw a black shadow on your face so think about it; don’t choose a hat with a rim that extends wider than your shoulders either, it will look too big.
Colours from this season
I have mentioned neutral shades, but if it is colour you are after, there are plenty around. Colour is everywhere this season and there are no set rules.
There is an abundance of red (a bit too much if you are the mother of the bride or groom maybe); Also every single blue you can dream but the colour which is stealing the show is green, particularly a leafy green.
You could mix your blues and your greens in lovely fluid chiffons, a fabric trend this season.
Colour blocking is the way to wear colour this Spring thing and don’t be afraid to mix the bravest combinations to make an entrance at any formal Summer event.
So whether it’s a wedding you are attending, the polo or just a special day out, it’s time to turn up the heat with glamour and sophisticated style!
Happy Shopping !