SUMMER WEDDING STYLE SENSE
Hip guests will wear splashy prints, maxi dresses and floral crowns
Weddings can be stressful for the bride and groom, but what about the guests? First there’s finding that perfect gift, and choosing what to wear can be a big challenge.
“Never try to outdo the bride,” says Jessica Mulroney, public relations, social media and project manager for Kleinfeld Bridal at Hudson’s Bay. “Don’t dress overly sexy, even if ... hoping to meet a special someone. ... Dress for the kind of wedding you’re attending.”
“This is a very special day for the couple; they’ve spent months and sometimes years planning and visualizing every detail,” says Nicole McInnis, Halifaxbased milliner and owner of Oh Dina! “That being said, this is not a club night; keep the girls in and your legs covered up. At brunch the next day everyone wants to be talking about how beautiful the bride was, not about cousin Sue’s ‘nip slip.’”
Modesty reigns this summer as hemlines have dropped considerably. Midi and maxi-length dresses or skirts are the way to go.
“Maxi dresses have been very popular among the ladies I have been working with this season, whether it’s a casual wedding or a more elegant event,” says McInnis.
“The midi length is very much on trend for 2014. You will always feel elegant and appropriate,” says Mulroney. “Jumpsuits are also a fun new option. Worn with a great pair of heels and some jewels, it’s a comfortable and cool alternative to a dress.”
Want more mileage out of your formal wear? Stick to simple, classic dresses and pair them with statement accessories such as an embellished pump or an eye-catching headpiece.
“I have a lot of clients coming to me for flower crowns to wear to weddings,” says McInnis. “People are being very daring with their accessory choices this year.”
Summer 2014 is all about fun colour palettes and prints.
“This season everyone seems to be embracing beautiful fresh colours,” says McInnis. “There’s a lot of coral, turquoise, and floral patterns.”
“Prints and pastels are big for summer weddings. Don’t be afraid to wear colour,” says Mulroney.
“Something to keep in mind: find out what the bridesmaids’
Nicole McInnis, owner of Oh Dina! in Halifax, is decked out in a floral maxi dress with a floral crown. It’s an ensemble that’s trending and sure to be popular among those planning to attend 2014 summer weddings.