It's that time of year again when the wedding invitations start to drop through the letterbox. The first thought to pop into your mind is 'What on earth am I going to wear?'. Of course, everyone will be looking at the blushing bride and focusing on her apparel, but you also want to look your best at the wedding. Gone are the days when it was a foregone conclusion that the ceremony would take place in a church or other place of worship, and it was simply a matter of wearing a smart outfit and suitable hat. The wedding outfit that you choose also depends on the type of venue for the wedding reception. This may be a semi-formal affair in an elegant hotel or under a marquee in the grounds of a small home, or perhaps a more relaxed affair in a pub or even in the home of the bride's family.
If possible, find out what other women are planning to wear on the day, and dress accordingly. Satins and silks with plenty of ruffles and frills are very much in fashion for 2009, and so there are many options for suitable wedding clothes for women in the High Street shops. Keep your choice of clothing simple but feminine, and select something that you can wear for other occasions like parties or meals out, so that you are not stuck with a fashion item that is unwearable again. A simple knee length silk or silk look dress in black with ruffles across the bodice edged in white makes a good choice and can be coordinated with matching black and white clutch bag and black and white stilettos.
For those cooler days or evening receptions, wear a black or white pashmina around the shoulders. A pashmina is an excellent and versatile addition to any wardrobe and can be worn through the summer with any outfit, casual or smart. Another option is a floral print rushed neck dress with white background, worn with strappy sandals. Pick out one of the colors from the print and use this as your accessory color, for clutch bags, shoes, jewelery and sometimes a fascinator rather than a hat. Accompany the dress with a cropped crisp linen tailored jacket.
For a formal wedding, a black jacket over a white knee length tailored sleeveless dress can be worn with black patent heels and matching handbag, with a wide brimmed and lace trimmed black and white shot silk hat. The Teatro Organza Dress from Littlewoods Direct fits the bill perfectly and will not cost an arm and a leg at under £ 70. For a summer wedding, the perfect dress shape is one with fitted bodice and waisted with a contrast belt or sash, with a large floral print. This can be worn with a shrag or black jacket for the ceremony. At the reception, remove the jacket to reveal a sleeveless party dress that has been dressed up with plenty of jangly bangles.
Remember not to overshadow the bride. It is her big day and she has to be the belle of the ball. Avoid tight clothes, low necklines or high hem lines. Be discreet in what you wear, but choose an outfit that will be suitable for the solemn ceremony and the lively party afterwards.
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