Hip guests will wear splashy prints, maxi dresses and flo­ral crowns

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life - SANDY JO KARPETZ

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’

Jessie Red­mond

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.

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