Be a best-dressed wed­ding guest...

KATIE WRIGHT shows how to stand out dur­ing wed­ding sea­son – with­out up­stag­ing the bride

Coventry Telegraph - - STYLE GUIDE -

AWEDDING is of course a chance to get re­ally dolled up – but what if you’re sick of the usual flo­ral frocks and Bar­dot tops? Luck­ily, the spring cat­walks de­liv­ered heaps of oc­ca­sion­wear in­spi­ra­tion, of­fer­ing plenty of op­tions to en­sure you’re the best-dressed guest, be it a rus­tic coun­try re­cep­tion or swanky city af­fair.

You don’t have to spend a for­tune ei­ther – we’ve tracked down fab­u­lous fash­ions that will el­e­vate your out­fit from as lit­tle as £25.

Here are four ways to rule in the style stakes this wed­ding sea­son...

1 FRINGED FROCKS

FRINGING and feath­ers were a mas­sive trend at the SS18 shows, but it’s not ex­actly the eas­i­est look to work into your daily wardrobe.

Spe­cial oc­ca­sions, how­ever, are the ideal sce­nario to bust out a tas­selled lit­tle num­ber, es­pe­cially if you’re go­ing to be shim­my­ing on the dance floor at the end of the night.

These frocks are real show­stop­pers, so keep your ac­ces­sories on the min­i­mal side; thin-strapped san­dals and one piece of sleek jew­ellery are all your need to com­ple­ment your dreamy dress.

2 BOLD BRIGHTS

WHITE may be off the cards when it comes to pick­ing a wed­ding-guest out­fit but uber­brights aren’t, and the shops are full of gor­geous colours at the mo­ment. Yel­low, in every vari­a­tion from mus­tard to neon, is hav­ing a mo­ment, as is hot pink – a silky slip dress is a great place to start.

3 STYLISH SUITS

AS FOR suits, they’ve be­come the cool girl’s oc­ca­sion­wear call­ing card; why fol­low the herd in a skirt or dress?

This is the one trend where pas­tels are pos­i­tively en­cour­aged, be­cause if Vic­to­ria Beck­ham says that a man­nish laven­der two-piece teamed with mint green heels is the suit of the sea­son, then it must be. Fol­low VB’s lead and try tai­lored colour-clash­ing – a royal blue suit paired with fuch­sia heels is an­other win­ning combo.

4 HOT HATS

WHETHER a hat is listed on the dress code or not, a wed­ding is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to don a piece of sen­sa­tional millinery.

The bolder the bet­ter is the mantra here – if it looks like a UFO has landed on your head, you are on the right track.

Topshop cowl neck slip dress, £32 (topshop.com) Ai­dan Scuba crepe cock­tail dress, £175, Har­vey Nichols (har­vey nichols.com) River Is­land yel­low jacquard high neck swing dress, £42; earrings, £14, and green bag, £35 (river is­land.com) *Prices cor­rect at...

Nasty Gal Stu­dio Anita lat­tice dress, £120 – tights, stylist’s own (nasty gal .com /gb) PrettyLittleThing emer­ald green tas­sel de­tail hal­ter­neck body­con dress, £35 (prettylittlething.com) Oa­sis fringe dress, £75, and Suki sil­ver strap heels, £38...

Karen Millen asym­met­ric spi­ral hat, £99; plunge blazer, £225, and mesh panel top, £140 (karen­millen .com/gb) J by Jasper Con­ran red Si­na­may or­chid saucer fas­ci­na­tor, £85, Deben­hams (deben­hams. com)

LEFT: River Is­land bright blue faux pearl dou­ble breasted blazer, £70, and cig­a­rette trousers, £45. RIGHT: Sim­ply Be li­lac boyfriend blazer, £50, and ta­pered leg trousers, £35 (sim­plybe.co.uk)

Of­fice High­lighter tubu­lar strap heels red ink, £69 (of­fice.co.uk)

Dorothy Perkins show­case fuschia spot bow fas­ci­na­tor, £20 re­duced from £25 (dorothy­per­kins.com/en)

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