Wedding Guest Spring Dresses
Apr 2013 20

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting longer, flowers are beginning to bloom and spring wedding fever is officially upon us. As luck would have it, the new season catwalks were awash with pretty, wedding friendly inspiration.

Otis & Maclain Sunday Dress

Otis & Maclain Sunday Dress

Key looks this spring center around embracing an unashamedly feminine aesthetic. Strong themes from the catwalk included classic spring florals, pastel hued separates and mixed prints in flattering silhouettes. Floral pieces are a timeless choice for wedding guest attire. As a general rule, ditsy prints are best left to the under 25s, with shops such as Reiss or Whistles catering for the mother of the bride with larger, abstract prints in well-cut separates.

This is not to say that that mother of the bride outfits need be a safe option. A brave, but wedding suitable, choice would be to explore mixing different prints within your outfit. To keep the look clean and avoid detracting attention from the bride, stick to a set colour palette, and experiment with pairing large and small prints in complementary hues. The beauty of this trend is that pieces can be found to suit any budget, with shops such as Warehouse and Topshop stocking a huge variety of print choices.

If print and pattern leave you cold, the subtle pastel trend is perfect for creating a classic wedding outfit. Pastels dominated the catwalks at Louis Vuitton and Meadham Kirchhoff, with shades of peach, violet and peppermint featured strongly. Working with a simple block colour allows attention to detail in the form of texture. Look for pieces featuring lace detailing, broderie anglais or structural pleating to add interest to your outfit. Zara and Next have a great selection of pastel hued treats to get you started.
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Once the body of the outfit is settled, have fun with accessorizing your look. The old adage that ‘no mother of the bride outfit is complete without a hat’ no longer holds true, but a wedding is a great opportunity to push the boat out with accessories and try something new.

Fascinators are a popular choice and, with such a vast selection to be had, are easily matched to your outfit and hairstyle, with detailing from lace and beading to feathers and flowers available across the high street. For such a special occasion, consider moving out of your comfort zone with bold, statement jewellery to finish your look. This can be done inexpensively with shops such as Mikey and Accessorize offering beautiful costume pieces at reasonable prices.

Whatever your age, or role in the wedding party, don’t forget that, as an occasion for celebration, a wedding is an opportunity to look and feel your best. Rather than playing it safe, show some personality and Peacock the day!