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What to Wear to a Wedding

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Everyone loves a good wedding, and with the hen night and big day to look forward to, they easily become the highlight of our social calendar.

Finding an outfit for a wedding can be part of the excitement, but there is also pressure to get it right! To help you out, we’ve created our own QUIZ Clothing guide to what to wear to a wedding, teamed with strict (and not-so-strict) dos and don’ts to keep you on track.

The maxi dress

00100007778_XMA well-fitting maxi dress can tick all the wedding guest boxes and with so many styles out there, you’re bound to find something that works for you. Pick a plain colour and glam it up up with a clutch and matching hair accessories, or let the dress do the talking and keep the rest simple.

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Do

Set it off with sandals or wedges. These shoes are always flattering with a maxi dress and people who can’t deal with heels usually find wedges a comfier option.

Make sure the dress is  the right length. A maxi dress should sit just above the floor. Make sure you try it with the shoes you will be wearing before the big day as you don’t want to be dealing with last minute alterations.

Don’t

Forget to take your body shape into consideration when picking a maxi! Pear shape girls should choose a maxi with extra details in top half, straight shape girls should go for a nipped in waist to create curves and curvy girls should go for something figure hugging and supportive.

Wear a white maxi! Ok..so wearing white to a wedding is controversial – but a white maxi is definitely upstaging the bride territory.

The midi dress

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The midi dress is the maxi dress’s younger, shorter cousin, and in recent years has soared up the list of wedding-goers fave outfit choices. Stopping just below the knee, the right midi dress can look cool, elegant and sophisticated on every age group.

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Do 

Go bodycon. A bodycon is figure hugging and flattering, and as it sits just below the knee – it’s totally wedding appropriate. 

Team it with heels. The length of a midi dress gives you the perfect excuse to pop on the heels, which will lengthen your legs and flatter your shape.

Don’t

Wear opaque tights. There just isn’t enough leg on show to justify it, and you’ll end up looking too wintery. If you need an extra layer, there are some flattering nude tights available.

Go too tight on the knee. We’ve all been there, where the midi nips in your knees and you end up waddling like a penguin. It doesn’t scream ‘elegant wedding guest’ to anyone and stops you throwing your best shapes.

The skater dress

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A skater dress is a popular wedding outfit as it’s cute and feminine. If you prefer being a little more covered, choose one with a high neck – if you’re feeling more vintage choose a gorgeous off the shoulder bardot style.

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Do

Get a style to suit your shape. Shorter dresses can make you feel quite exposed, so make sure you’re comfortable in something that flatters your body type. If you feel self-conscious, try a skater dress with sleeves.

Keep things simple. Remember, your body is also part of the outfit too. Don’t overload your outfit with jewellery and accessories. A statement necklace and clutch is the perfect combination.

Don’t

Leave it to the last minute to try your dress on with your shoes. Remember – a shorter dress will be even shorter with killer heels so make sure you’re comfortable with the length.

Colour

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The majority of weddings will take place in the spring and summer months, which by default lend themselves to certain pallets and hues: think ice cream pastels, summer brights and adventurous prints. For winter weddings, you’re more likely to see darker, more muted tones, such as navy blues, reds and monochrome.

There are no hard and fast rules on colour and we think this will have a lot to do with the types of seasonal clothing available at the time.

Do

Try something brighter and more vibrant than you’d usually go for. Weddings are a great excuse dress up and embrace something new, so if you’re feeling daring, go for it.

Try a print. Prints can really bring to life an otherwise simple dress.

Don’t

Wear the same colour as the bridesmaids. Do yourself a favour and find out what colour the bridesmaids’ dresses are and avoid the colour at all costs.

Wear white. White can look amazing in the summer sun, but there’s only one woman who should be in all-white at a wedding and, unless you’re the bride, it’s not you.

Hair accessories

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Like the icing on a cake, your hair accessories can really lift your outfit. You can opt for the classic hat or more lightweight fascinator, or merge the two and get yourself a hattinator. Make sure it picks out some of the colours in your chosen outfit – they can really make an outfit wedding-ready.

Do

Be daring. Let your hair accessories make a statement and be the crowning glory of your outfit, tying all the key parts together.

Make sure it’s secure. There’s nothing worse than having your hair accessory falling down while you’re watching the couple say ‘I do’. Whether it’s with kirby grips or hairspray, just do it.

Don’t

Go over the top. A statement is one thing, but you don’t want to draw attention to yourself for the wrong reasons. Think badly-dressed guests at the races.

Add unnecessary headwear. If you dress doesn’t need it, don’t add it because you think it’s traditional. If it looks good without it, don’t wear it.

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