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The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Fashion -

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.

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