F YOU are one of the increasing number of brides over the age of 45, what will you wear? If your chupah is followed by lunch, it requires something chic, knee-length and a little formal – as immaculately demonstrated by the Duchess of Cornwall at her marriage to the Prince of Wales. For a reception with dancing, you may want something more “party”, while a beach wedding in Eilat will have you searching for something long and flowing yet still grown-up. Your choice may also be influenced by the need to cover up at the chupah, or to camouflage lessfavourite parts of your figure.
This is such a special day; the colour of your outfit should reflect traditional bridal colours. Not necessarily white – though white could be right if the wedding is in summer (or somewhere reliably warm) and if white really suits you. But there are also pale, flattering shades which look bridal without being too ingénue, such as nude, blush, cream, ivory, silver or gold, or a subtle pastel like eau de nil, peach or a pale neutral (silver grey or café au lait).
There are some beautifully styled, on-theknee dresses this season, such as Planet’s one-shoulder design in shimmering silver with clever draping and Kaliko’s with a guipure lace bodice and bracelet-length sleeves. Also look at LK Bennett’s Charis dress in crêpe and lace, in a very soft blush pink.
Gina Bacconi and Ispirato – mother-of-thebride specialists – have dresses and two-pieces in pale neutrals and pastels which would work well for daytime. And Fenn, Wright & Manson has a perfect broderie shift dress with boat neck and bracelet sleeve, as well as an ensemble of broderie pencil skirt, cowl-neck top and blazer.
MaxMara has a gorgeously grown-up frock in cream with bracelet-length sleeves and appliqué flowers over the bodice, as well as a draped frock in silk chiffon. If you fancy a splurge, Matches has a sculpted lace, overthe-knee dress with bracelet sleeves and scoop neck by L’Wren Scott, as well as an elegant Osman dress in lemon, with long, split sleeves. Consider prints, like the long-sleeve shift with white background and placement print from By Malene Birger; Stella McCartney’s fitted, print frock with short sleeves and a retro dress with half-sleeves and full skirt by Suzannah at My-Wardrobe.
With a suit or a sleeved dress, a hat is the best headgear (one that won’t hide your face in photos or be knocked off by every kiss). Fascinators or jewelled combs are an option for a delicate or evening-appropriate dress.